Maboneng has always been a pretty vibrant part of the city and, along with Braamfontein, has been leading the charge of urban regeneration within Johannesburg’s inner city. Until recently, the activity has been centred around Market on Main every Sunday, with the area turning into a bit of a ghost town during the week. But this is rapidly changing as Maboneng expands and exciting restaurants and stores open up almost every other month. The latest to join them is Kuhlcher Café, an arts-and-performance space and restaurant.
The aim is to create a place of intersection between the arts, the community, and good food. Owner Quinton Simpson, who takes inspiration from his time spent working with the State Theatre, wants the name to be iconic of its purpose (even if taking creative licence with regards to spelling). One of the key driving goals of Kuhlcher Café will be to create a space for up-and-coming creative talent to showcase their work – be it books, poetry, music or traditional art. The food offering is continental European with some vegan and vegetarian dishes to make sure everyone is catered for. Signature dishes include the Kuhlcher Dagwood with bacon, halloumi, caramelised onions, sunny-side-up egg and rocket, and the Kimberley Jones Salad with calamari and a honey-mustard dressing.
A large selection of cocktails (like the Summer Rain, a cranberry schnapps-based cocktail with flavours of cinnamon and bubblegum) and beverages, plus the standalone coffee bar – great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up – will keep guests refreshed.
If you’re interested in catching a show here, the next one is Improv In The City by renowned improv group Jittery Citizens on Saturday 20 February at 8pm (R70 cover charge). If you’re a fan of Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll definitely enjoy this. No bookings will be taken for the evening, so be sure to arrive early.