OPEN DAYS at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure

Events Venue + Pop-up Restaurant & Bar in an astonishing, historic bank vault at 110 Fox Street, Joburg Town  (just behind Gandhi Square)

Note that Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure is operating on a private events venue basis as of 30 April 2022. The venue is available for private bookings, 7 days a week. We will host occasional OPEN DAYS, for which guests can book on a per person basis without having to book the entire venue.

OPEN DAYS include our regular JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinners (click on the relevant tab on this website’s menu for info), as well as other scheduled Open Restaurant Days, Jazz Lunches/Dinners and more (see list of events below).

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS:
Open Restaurant Dinner: Saturday 7 May, 6pm-late
Open Studios Lunch: Saturday 28 May, 10:30am-4:30pm

Find more info on Open Days below. For info on Jazz Dinners, click on the Live Music tab on the website menu.

PAYING A DEPOSIT TO SECURE A BOOKING 
If you want to order off the ala-carte menu on site, then a deposit of R100 per person is required to secure a table. You can offset the deposit against the cost of food and drink ordered on site.

PRE-ORDERING OFF OUR SET MENUS 
Note that should you want to book a private vault booth (seats up to 4) or a private room of any size, a pre-order and prepayment off our Set Menus is required (see the set menus listed by scrolling down, past the ala-carte menu. 

On Saturday 7 May (dinner) we are open and ready to take your bookings.

On Saturday 28 May, we are open as part of the Open Studios event taking place across the city. Guests can enjoy food and drinks at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure and catch a free shuttle to visit art studios at Constitution Hill and the Bag Factory. Shuttles will run in a loop between the venues and our restaurant throughout the day.

ALA-CARTE MENU 
Our menu is diverse and inspired by the migrant culture of Johannesburg. We believe in hearty but exceptional casual foods – exquisite flavours but without the disappointment of tiny fine-dining portions.

All our food is served in bowls. Perfect for a feast. Order a variety of dishes. We serve these in the centre of the table with side plates for guests to dish up their preferred combinations. This way everyone gets to enjoy a wider array of flavours.

Start off by choosing your sides such as dombolo (steamed bread), yellow rice, country vegetables and chickpea stew. Then add some substantial bowls such as prawn matapa or beef tibs. There you have it, a feast will be served!

WELCOME
Complimentary home-baked bread with Charlie’s Chilli and Gerald’s Basil Sauces

SNACKY BOWLS
Gerald’s Indian Treats:
Vegetable or Chicken Samoosas: R75

Charlie’s African Snack:
Sliced biltong: R120

Gerald’s Country Fries:
Sweet potato fries with humus (VEGAN): R75

Charlie’s Dombolo:
African steamed bread (VEGAN): R40

Gerald’s Snack:
Roasted paprika chickpeas (VEGAN): R65

SOUP BOWLS
Gerald’s Choice:
Cape Malay Butternut Soup (VEGAN): R75

Charlie’s Joy:
Roasted Tomato Soup (VEGAN): R75

SEAFOOD BOWLS
Gerald’s Fish Curry:
Cape Malay fish curry with turmeric, paprika and coconut milk: R110

Charlie’s Prawn Matapa:
Mozambican-inspired prawn stew with spinach and tahini: R195

Gerald’s Citrus Fish:
Seabass in Citrus Broth: R255

Charlie’s Ocean Delight:
Lemon & Herb Calamari with Carrot & Onion: R140

MEATY BOWLS
Gerald’s Cape Malay Bobotie
Traditional Beef Bobotie:  R110

Charlie’s Ethiopian Beef Tibs:
Beef fillet strips with grilled peppers: R170

Gerald’s Lamb Stew:
Apricot-infused South African lamb stew: R185

Charlie’s Sweet Duck
French-inspired, pomegranate duck stew: R230

Gerald’s Chinese Chicken:
Chicken Chow Mein (complete bowl with noodles): R100

Charlie’s Chinese Duck:
Duck Chow Mein (complete bowl with noodles): R165

Gerald’s Chicken Stew:
Lemon & olive chicken strew, slowly cooked in turmeric and coconut milk: R125

Charlie’s African Chicken:
Spicy chicken chunks (wings/breasts/drumsticks): R95

Gerald’s South African Pasta:
Steak pasta (complete bowl with pasta): R95

Charlie’s African Beef Stew:

Red Beef Stew, slowly cooked with tomato with onion and spinach: R105

VEGAN & VEGETARIAN BOWLS
Gerald’s Summer Delight:
Layers of avo, pineapple and peppers with chopped greens (VEGAN): R80

Charlie’s ‘Italian’ bowl:
Chopped tomatoes with mozzarella cheese, basil, onion, herbs, and olive oil (VEGETARIAN): R95

Gerald’s ‘Greek’ Wraps:
Chopped feta and olives in spinach leaves on a bed of tzatziki (VEGETARIAN): R80

Charlie’s Chinese Noodles:
Vegetable chow mein (VEGETARIAN): R80

Gerald’s Cape Malay Bobotie:
Aubergine & Lentil Bobotie (VEGAN): R100

Charlie’s African Pap:
Pap (maize porridge) with tomato sheba (VEGAN): R35

Gerald’s Chickpea Stew:
Chickpeas and kidney beans, stewed in coconut milk, turmeric and paprika (VEGAN): R85

Charlie’s Umngqusho:
Samp and green beans (VEGAN): R45

Gerald’s Olive-infused Country Vegetables:
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (VEGAN): R85

Charlie’s Yellow Rice:
Turmeric-stained rice (VEGAN): R35

DESSERT BOWLS
Charlie’s Chocolate:
Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles: R75

Gerald’s pudding:
Malva pudding with custard: R70

Charlie’s Middle Eastern Trance:
Nut-free baklava: R75

Gerald’s Mango Madness:
Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk (VEGAN): R85

SET MENUS
All our set menus are served in bowls and served in the centre of the table with side plates for guests to dish up their preferred combinations. This way everyone gets to enjoy a wider array of flavours. A true feast it is!

COASTAL GOURMET Abundant FEAST
Bowls of the following shared between two (R575pp):
Starter:
Lemon & Herb Calamari with Carrot & Onion (x2)
Mains:
Mozambican-inspired prawn stew with spinach and tahini (x1)
Seabass in Citrus Broth (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x1)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts:
Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk (x1)
Nut-free baklava (x1)

COUNTRY CARNE  Abundant FEAST
Bowls of the following shared between two (R575pp):
Starter:
Chopped feta and olives in spinach leaves on a bed of tzatziki (x2)
Mains:
Beef fillet strips with grilled peppers (x1)
Apricot-infused lamb stew (x1)
French-inspired, pomegranate duck stew (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x1)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts:
Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles (x1)
Nut-free baklava (x1)

VELVETY VEGAN Abundant FEAST
Bowls of the following shared between two (R575pp):
Starter:
Cape Malay Butternut Soup (x2)
Mains:
Aubergine & Lentil Bobotie (x2)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x2)
Butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x2)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Samp and green beans (x 2)
Layers of avo, pineapple and peppers with chopped greens (x1)
Dessert:
Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk (x2)

ANCIENT SECRETS Abundant FEAST
Bowls of the following shared between two (R575pp):
Starter:
Roasted Tomato Soup (x2)
Mains:
French-inspired, pomegranate duck stew (x1)
Chicken Chow-Mein (x1)
Red Beef Stew, slowly cooked on the bone with tomato with onion and spinach (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (1x)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts
Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles (x1)
Nut-free baklava (x1) 

OCEAN LITE FEAST
R325 per person
Bowls of the following per guest:  
Starter: Lemon & Herb Calamari with Carrot & Onion
Mains: Fish curry with turmeric-stained yellow rice
Dessert: Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk

COUNTRYSIDE CRUSH LITE FEAST
R325 per person
Bowls of the following per guest:  

Starter: Chopped feta and olives in spinach leaves on a bed of tzatziki
Mains: Beef fillet strips with grilled peppers and African dombolo (steamed bread)
Dessert: Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles

FRESHLY VEGAN LITE FEAST
R325 per person
Bowls of the following per guest:  

Starter: Cape Malay Butternut Soup
Mains: Chickpea stew with red kidney beans, samp, coconut milk, turmeric and paprika, with Turmeric-stained Yellow Rice and African dombolo (steamed bread)
Dessert: Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk

EXPLORERS LITE FEAST
R325 per person
Bowls of the following per guest:  
Starter: Roasted Tomato Soup
Mains: Duck Chow-Mein
Dessert: Nut-free baklava

DRINKS MENU
At Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure we first meet at the bar.
Order your favourite drink, then sit down, chill, enjoy the ambience and some exceptional food too.

FIRST DRINKS
Quench the fist and set the scene…

Charlie’s Beers
The guzzler presents Pan-African Beer, local-brew and South African favourites.
Ethiopian St Georges Beer: R55
First 15 Golden Giraffe Lager: R50
First 15 Black Wood: R55

Ngudu:
Black Label: R45
Castle Lite: R45
Heineken: R45
Soweto Gold: R45

Gerald’s Gin
The slower sipper presents a choice of South African gins. Always served as a double, mixed with tonic AND soda – and complemented by fresh fruits or herbs.
Double Ginifer with tonic & soda: R130
Double Inverroche Amber with tonic & soda: R130
Double Victoria Pink with tonic & soda: R130
Double Bombay Saphire & tonic: R130
(Single shots: R45 / Soda: R20 / Tonic: R20)

MOOD UPPERS
Ready to ignite the party…
Charlie’s Vodka Martini (Double Vodka, Vermouth & Olive) R120
Gerald’s Margarita (Double Tequila Silver, Cointreau, Lemon & Sugar Syrup) R140
Charlie’s Moscow Mule (Double Vodka & Ginger-ale) R120
Gerald’s Long Island Ice-Tea (Vodka, Gin, Triple Sec, Bacardi & Tequila and Coke) R220
Charlie’s Vodka & Red Bull (Double Vodka & Red Bull) R140
Gerald’s Mermaid (Malibu, Vincoco, Sour Mix, Blue Curacao, topped with Lemonade) R140
Charlie’s Strawberry Daquiri (Double Bacardi, Strawberry, Sour Mix & Berry Syrup) R140
Gerald’s Dodgy (Vodka, Vermouth, Peppermint, Sour Mix, Bitters and Ginger-ale) R140 

SETTLING DOWN
Smooth the conversation with wine or bubbly

Charlie’s Only-the-best-will-do list
Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Champagne: R1650
Moet Chandon Brut Champagne: R1500
Rupert & Rothschild Baroness (White Blend): R650
Zevenwacht Tin Mine (White Blend): R360
Meerlust (Chardonnay): R730
Alto Rouge (Red Blend): R380
Antonij Rupert Optima (Rend Blend): R700
Rupert & Rothschild Classique (Red Blend): R540
Meerlust Rubicon (Red Blend): R1350
Spice Route Chakalaka (Red Blend): R690
Kanonkop Kadette (Pinotage): R320
Thelema (Merlot): R650
Diemersfontein (Pinotage): R470
Neil Joubert (Cabernet Sauvignon): R295

Gerald’s easy drinkable choice
Krone Brut or Night Nectar Rose R380
Pongraz Brut or Rose: R370
Villiera Down to Earth (White Blend): R195
Ken Forrester Petit Sauvignon Blanc: R195 (Glass: R50)
Ken Forrester Petit (Chardonnay): R195 (Glass: R50)
Secateurs (Chenin Blanc): R250 (Glass: R65)
Gorgeous (Rose): R275
Ken Forrester Petit (Rose): R195 (Glass: R50)
Kaapzicht Bin 3 (Red Blend): R300
Ken Forrester Petit (Pinotage): R205 (Glass R55)
Ken Forrester Petit (Cabernet Sauvignon): R205
Alvi’s Drift (Merlot): R250
Alvi’s Drift (Shiraz): R250

RECLINE & RELAX
Charlie’s Cognac and more
Hennessy VSOP Privilege: R70
Bisquit VSOP: R60
Klipdrift Export: R30
Cointreau: R35
Frangelico: R35

Gerald’s Whisk(e)y and more
Jamesons: R40
Johnnie Walker Black: R45
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve: R85
Glenfiddich: R50
Chivas Regal: R45
Amarula: R35

CHARLIE & GERALD’s MAYHEM
Absolut Vodka: R40
Belvedere Vodka: R50
Olmeca Tequila: R40
Don Julio Tequila: R70
Jagermeister: R35
Bacardi Rum: R35

LINGER LONGER
Charlie’s Irish Coffee
(Double Jameson with coffee and topped with cream) R140

Gerald’s Whisky Sours
(Double Johnnie Walker Black, Sour Mix & Sugar Syrup, topped with Egg White) R120

Charlie’s Don Pedro
(Double Whisky or Kahlua Liqueur with Vanilla Ice Cream) R105

Gerald’s Old Fashioned
(Double Johnnie Walker Black, Sugar Syrup & Orange Zest) R110


EVERYTHING ELSE

CIDERS
Savanna: R40
Hunters Dry: R40

ALCOHOL-FREE
Heineken: R35
Savanna: R35
Bavaria (various flavours): R35
Duchess Virgin ‘Gin & Tonic’: R35
Red Square Reloaded: R35
Savanna: R40

WATER

Valpre Sparkling 1L: R35,
Valpre Sparkling 500ml: R20
Valpre Still 1.5L: R40
Valpre Still 500ml: R20

SOFT DRINKS
Coke/Coke Zero/: R25
Lipton Ice-Tea Lemon/Peach: R35
Grapetiser Red/Appletiser: R40
Red Bull R45

HOT DRINKS
Ethiopian coffee pot: R55
Carmien tea pot (various flavours): R40

MIXERS
Fitch & Leedes Tonic/Soda/Ginger Ale/Lemonade: R20
Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic: R25
Strawberry Syrup: R20
Cordial: R15

PRIVATE STORYTELLING LUNCHES OR DINNERS :
Guests can also book our Chief Storyteller, Charlie Moyo, to present a private JoburgPlaces 7-Phases of Joburg storytelling experience with your lunch or dinner, if you are booking a private room with set menu. The rate (in addition to the menu cost) is a minimum of R1000 for a table of 2, and R150 for each additional person.

Typical schedule of a 7-Phases of Joburg Storytelling Dinner:
6pm: Guests arrive and enjoy drinks
6:30pm: STARTERS
6:55pm: Opening story about first 3-phases of Joburg history
(Victorian-Gold Rush. Edwardian-London and Art Deco-New York)
7:30pm: MAINS COURSES
8:10pm: Storytelling: second three phases of Joburg
(Modernist/Brutalist Apartheid City, Decline of City & Rise of Sandton, Regeneration of the Inner-City)
8:45pm: DESSERTS
9:10pm: Final storytelling: history of the vaults
9:30pm: Dinner ends

ABOUT CHARLIE & GERALD
Charlie
 is the guy with the beard and the deep, soothing voice.
He is the likeable guy that disarms anyone with his warm, genuine smile.
No wonder then, he is so popular among Jozi’s beautiful women!

Charlie is a coffee connoisseur and a beer guzzler of note. He is also an exceptional storyteller and knows every nook and cranny of the City of Migrants. Charlie lives in the east of town, among the young, hip, and good-looking. From there he enjoys one of the best skyline views from his abode in Maboneng.

Although forever young in attitude, Charlie also exudes a sense of authority. We call him Chief Charlie. The burden he carries is most obvious in his exceptional taste.
For him, only the best and most authentic are good enough.

Gerald is the grey-haired guy. He is known for his passion, drive, and energy.
Gerald likes anyone able to engage in thought-provoking conversation.
While he is a coffee guzzler too, it is gin that makes his heart sing.

Gerald lives in the westside of town, among the slightly more serious and mature. From there, he also enjoys an awesome view. Gerald is the eternal optimist, known for his abundant laughter. Throw any challenge at him, and he will overcome. We call him Double-G, and because of his tenacity, sometimes 5G (General Gazankulu Guzzler Gerald Garner). Apart from storyteller and guide, Gerald is a history teacher, author, travel enthusiast and avid foodie. He loves cities and believes that the future of Africa is urban.

Charlie & Gerald meet in the centre of town. It is here that they have been carving out an inner-city business. Together they run JoburgPlaces tours and experiences. They have also joint forces to present the city with a real, hidden gem: Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure.

We welcome you to enjoy and exceptional experience.

Did you know?
Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure was originally built in 1904 as the vault for the United Building Society (UBS). The banking hall was on the ground level with offices upstairs and the vault in the basement. UBS eventually became the United Bank and moved out of the building in 1930. United continued to grow until it merged with Volkskas, Allied and Trust banks to become the Amalgamated Banks of South Africa (Absa) in the 1990s.

After United moved out of the building in 1930, the vault was sold into private ownership. The vault operated until 1978 when it was forced to close after the Great Bank Robbery. Thieves stole a whole gamut of valuables from the vault boxes. The cut in the door of the vault is still visible today! It seemed an inside job and the insurance refused to pay. Hence, the vault went bankrupt, and the space remained vacant for the next 40 years.

Olitzki Property Holdings (OPH) bought the building around 2016 and we became their tenant in 2018. We originally called this space the Zwipi Underground as part of a bigger building renovation project that would have included a hotel, event spaces and a museum, known as the Thunder Walker. However, the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions meant we had to downscale to stay viable. We have therefore spent more time, effort, and love on reconfiguring the vault into Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure.

Today, we can only speculate about what remains locked away in the safety deposit boxes. Of the 1000 boxes, only about 60 are open. The bank manager and deposit-box renter each had a key for any specific box. Both had to be present to unlock a box. Could it be that some people never arrived with their keys in 1978 to remove the remaining valuables? Could there still be treasures locked away?

For bookings, whatsaspp 082 894 5216 or email gerald@joburgplaces.com