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Drink this now: The Boris Becker at Boiler Room Café

The Boris Becker gourmet milkshake at Boiler Room Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Boris Becker gourmet milkshake at Boiler Room Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The drink

Our latest edition of ‘eat this now’ features the mischievous Boris Becker gourmet milkshake at Boiler Room Café in Morningside, Durban.

How it’s made

Inspired by Germany’s infamous redheaded tennis player, this ultra-velvety confection is just as cheeky as the man himself.

Fresh, homemade German ginger cake (of course) is crumbled into the base and covered with house-made vanilla-bean ice cream milkshake that has been blended with crushed tennis biscuits for a subtle cookies-and-cream taste.

Lastly, an Italian meringue, coloured a brazen orange hue and flavoured with orange essence, is blowtorched and perched on the top in all its ginger glory.

Served in a glass jar with a chunky straw speared through the meringue, the Boris Becker reminds you of being a kid all over again.

The restaurant

Graham and Gina Neilson have branched out from the elegant bistro-style food at Durban’s 9th Avenue Bistro to offer casual comfort eating with a quirky gourmet twist at Boiler Room Café.

Boiler Room outside

Boiler Room Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The daytime eatery is located at the old Lion Match factory in a buzzing urban office park, with a constant turnover of worker bees, eccentric creatives and brunching mums.

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