Calling all chips, fries and slap tjippies fans: The first gourmet chips bar has landed in Joburg and it’s what carb dreams are made of. TJIPS, which is located in Eastgate Shopping Centre’s Food Emporium, opened its hatch earlier this month and is serving up loaded fries inspired by global flavours.
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With a tagline of “More klap than slap”, the chip bar’s menu naturally doesn’t hold back. The offering ranges from the classic spiced pomme frites to saucy pink garlic-mayo or spicy salsa-topped combos. True aficionados can also go big with chip meals, including the Il Continentale with parmesan chips and black truffle mayo; Oom Sam with chilli cheese sauce; El Supremo with salsa, guac and sour cream; or Canadian-inspired poutine with a meaty gravy.
There’s also a monthly #TjipsOfTheMonth dish, which is currently The Joburger (fries topped with a smashed burger, cheese sauce and the works). For dessert, tuck into sweet fries topped with a dollop of Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream. A tjips-and-bubbly pairing is also on the cards for the second half of the year.
The team started their chip crusade with a TJIPS food truck and are now planning to expand across Jozi with three to five more locations opening this year, including one in Fourways Mall. Watch this space.