Espresso has been a popular eatery in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, for years. It's laid back style and good food has been a success, and is always attracting new comers and keeping them coming back for more.
The food selection is huge, from breakfasts to light meals to pizzas to salads to full meals, all of which have a great variety to choose from. Some of my firm favorites are the Halloumi basket with the amazing Gorgonzola sauce, the Prego rolls with peri-peri sauce and the Beef Schnitzel with mushroom sauce. The pizzas are always popular with their thin crispy bases and interesting toppings.
The wine list isn't huge but the selection offers a good variety of styles and price range, with some more interesting by-the-glass options than some restaurants offer.
The laid back vibe makes you feel relaxed and gives you time to enjoy the food, company and the people watching. The staff is very quick to strike up a rapport with regular customers. However, this laid back may become an issue when trying to call for the bill. Speaking of the bill, Espresso is a cash only restaurant, which I more than often forget and sometimes is my deciding factor for not visiting them, so keep this in mind.
The decor is a little tired and does need a bit of freshening up, but this doesn't compromise your visit the Espresso as you are soon distracted by all the people watching available to you. Besides the fact that with a revamp usually comes increased prices...
These slight irritations aside, I still enjoy going back to Espresso from time to time.