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New upmarket chicken restaurant to open just off Bree Street

2017 is the year of the rooster on the Chinese calendar, and thus far, it looks to be the year of the chicken-focused restaurant, too. Opening this week – Thursday 7 September for First Thursday drinks, and Friday for food, the newest addition to South Africa’s crop of chicken restaurants is Roast & Co; a sit-down, free-range-only chicken restaurant serving up chicken with a range of unusual sides and a little South African flavour.

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It comes to us from single-item menu masters, HQ, and the new spot is also two doors down from its sister restaurant in Shortmarket Street.

A feast fit for spring. Photo by Matthew Mulholland, styling by Melissa Delport.

A feast fit for spring. Photo by Matthew Mulholland, styling by Melissa Delport.

Start by choosing between a full, half or quarter chicken. Pair it with a brioche bun with butter, roasted potatoes, pumpkin fritters, charred corn or pickled slaw. Sharing options for the table will include some classics with a South African twist – Mzanzi fried mac ‘n cheese, truffled baked camembert, an onion bhaji and chicken Caesar croquettes. The small dessert selection sounds intriguing, featuring churros, a rocky road popsicle and a banana split cheesecake.

 

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In addition to using free-range and locally sourced chickens, Roast & Co aim to minimise waste, by using the entire bird. They also promise sides made with premium farm-fresh ingredients, local flavours and inspired by international trends. The menu also includes a concise selection of wines, beers and cocktails. Roast & Co will be open for lunch and dinner Mondays to Saturday and will also be doing monthly event specials.

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