About Mikes Heritage House

Since 1982

Mike’s Kitchen Parktown was opened in 1982 at Eikenlaan” Oaklane” which was built in 1905 during the height of Parktown being the business hub of Johannesburg. It quickly became a busy landmark restaurant and overcame all the changes that occurred with the Mikes Kitchen Group during the 80s and 90s.

In June 1999, Manuel and Henrique Pita bought Mike’s Kitchen in Parktown and set out to establish it once again as a landmark restaurant venue in South Africa.

Over the years, the restaurant has evolved and became Mikes Heritage House, a wholly independent restaurant that celebrates life with a menu offering old steak house favourites as well as current contemporary dishes like our famous duck spring rolls. We cater for private and corporate celebrations, specializing in large functions, aiming to deliver vintage, professional and personable levels of service to all tables small and large.

We are open from Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have you covered if there is load-shedding with our generator and JO JO tanks if there is no water. We welcome walk-ins but always recommend that you book especially if you want outside seating, or your party is more than four people. You can book via our website, www.mikesheritagehouse.co.za, or call 011 484 2688.

We do ‘call and collect’ takeaway orders as well walk-in distance orders together with our UberEATS and Mr. Delivery platforms.

If, at any time you feel that we have failed to deliver on your needs and expectations, then please contact Manny (082 335 4583)

or Henrique (084 660 5077) on WhatsApp and we will attend to your feedback as soon as possible.

Heritage House History

Since 1905

The Victorian/Edwardian style mansion named “Eikenlaan (Oak Avenue)” was designed by JB Nicholson in 1904 for James Goch and completed in 1905. It has survived development, highways, and a rumoured ghost or two and makes the perfect setting for a business lunch, a quick breakfast, or a birthday celebration.

James Goch moved to Johannesburg in 1888 but made his fortune from speculating in land. James was the better-known brother of George Goch who held the position of Mayor of Johannesburg from 1904 to 1905 and the title of Financier and Director of Village Main Reef GM.

Between 1930 and the late ’70s the area was earmarked for development and many homes in the area were demolished. Rumour has it that there were always many reasons to halt the demolition of the mansion but maybe, just maybe Mr. Goch had something to do with it.

By 1930 the mansion was sold for £4500, and the ‘Ennsimore Residential Hotel’ was established. During the 1960s an ‘Overseas Visitors Club’ was established and survived whilst the surrounding homes were being demolished for development.

The then owners applied for new rights, but the City Council bought the property in 1978 with the intention of constructing a motorway. It was then that the management of Heritage Trust’ embarked on a campaign to save this landmark from development.

In a matter of weeks, 12000 signatures were collected for a petition, and with public and media support, this mansion was saved from demolition.

Today, it remains one of only two Randlord Mansions, which can be viewed freely by the public and still houses the original stained glass windows, high pressed ceilings, and balustrade.

Mikes Heritage House has become synonymous with inviting hospitality, delicious food and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.