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Coobs

Coobs
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Cost
R140 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare, Modern
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R100 per bottle

Critic's review

Sylvia Mckeown

The one that started it all and launched what would become the much-loved sustainable Diack food empire. With everything coming straight from the Brightside family farm in Magaliesburg mixed with James’ signature generous zeal you will find every plate set before you a treat for the eyes and taste buds.

Food
Because the food comes straight from the farm to your table, the menu goes beyond the usual seasonality trapping and is constantly updated with new surprises inspired by the produce itself. Although well regarded for their meat – seen keenly in their Braised and smoked short rib or their Confit Brightside pork belly – you will find that it’s their amazing care of their greens and vegetables – such as their grilled heirloom pumpkin main or roasted beetroot salad - that really sets them apart from most. Also if you can get a hold of a cheese soufflé or Brightside duckliver parfait starter, nab them. The desserts in particular always plate a pretty picture, Such as their infamous deconstructed
lemon meringue tart dessert served coconut sorbet, which is a beautiful sight that can only be made better by eating it.

Drinks
A hearty list of small batch wines that add to every bite. That we recommend you try and learn more about at their famous occasional Sunday wine tasting events where you spend your day lounging and drinking along a 5 course set menu.

Service
Fantastically friendly service where you feel attended but never rushed, and treated with genuine warmth. Plus we love it when your water – or wine glass - is never empty.

Ambience
Sunshine and colourful swaths of art light up the roadside space during the day splendidly. But at night when the lights dim is when the real romance happens.

Best for...
An impressive first date spot

(2018)

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  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food
    James Diack is known for fresh, seasonal, fun flavours, which are put together at Coobs in a clever way to tantalise the palate. The plates have a great combination of flavour, colour and texture, which work well together but are at the same time artistic and unique to the chef’s own style.

    The menu changes regularly depending on the produce available, and portion sizes are generous, allowing for patrons to share and get a taste of many different dishes. The menu has a bistro influence, with classical cooking methods clearly visible throughout.

    A highlight to start is the braised pork-shoulder arancini, with pork-and-lentil ragu, baba ganoush and pomegranate. The flavour of the arancini may change depending on the week, but this dish is always decadent, delicious, heart warming and filling – big enough for two to share. The Scotch egg is also a fabulous twist on a classic, with a soft centre and perfectly seasoned duck, saffron purée and edamame bean purée.

    The restaurant is known for its confit of Brightside (from the Diack family farm) pork belly served with slow-braised pork shoulder and truffled potato bake – and for good reason. The dish is simply scrumptious, served with crackling for texture and a hearty, sticky jus. The confit duck leg and duck pie are just as good, and should not be missed. There is also a selection of home-made pastas with creative combinations of sauces as well as traditional compositions available to suit all diners.

    The pastry chef has put together a selection of sweets as pretty as a picture, so be sure to sample what’s on offer. The passion fruit and pomegranate mille-feuille with caramelised white chocolate ice cream is something to behold. The menu changes regularly, so be bold and experiment with what’s available.

    Drinks
    Coobs has a fair, reasonably priced wine list. The staff members are knowledgeable and keen to assist with beverage selections, so ask for help if you need it. There are non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails available, too.

    Service
    Guests receive fabulous attention to detail from the staff. Waitrons are quick and quirky, and are educated about the regularly updated menu as well as the produce on offer. It’s easy to book a table at Coobs, which makes the overall experience pleasant from the start.

    Ambience
    The street-side café offers a lovely, Euro-centric feel with a vibrant energy. The shop fitting has been done in a clean, warm way, with lots of wood and natural materials. The atmosphere is well geared towards a casual luncheon or a slightly more formal dinner occasion.

    And…
    Coobs has fabulous menu of lunch specials, with wonderful home-style meals at great price points. All the meals are freshly prepared using seasonal ingredients.

    (June 2017)

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User reviews

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  • Awesome food really good. Good variety clever use of fresh produce. Definitely in my all time top 5 meals
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  • Always excellent service at this little gem. Beautifully presented food with plenty of vegetarian options. I love that the food is sourced with welfare & environmental ethics in mind.
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  • We had yet another great meal at Coobs over the weekend. We've come to expect this of the food, and on this particular visit we had a great experience with the service. We ordered a meal for someone who was arriving late. That person took even longer than expected so her food was ready before she had arrived. When she finally arrived we noticed that the service staff had her food remade in order to keep with quality as high as usual, and never mentioned a thing to us!
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  • Our favorite favorite restaurant, food creative and delicious and the service is fantastic.
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  • Eaten here a few times, and it's usually hit or miss. Thankfully, they've gotten it right more times than not. Expect rich, artfully plated food. The wait staff are excellent and well trained. It does feel a little over priced, but it is in the heart of Parkhurst.
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  • After much anticipation and great advice from a foodie group, we ventured to Coobs. It was on of the best dining experience I've had in a very long time. We had a Lamb Terrine, Duck Pie, Pork Belly and a Beef Sirloin. Service was on point and the food had a melt-in-your-mouth quality. Portions are so controlled, that after eating mains and desserts, none of us felt like we've overeaten. We all opted for the Textures of Chocolate dessert. Unfortunately two of our fondants were a little overdone which resulted in sponge cakes, rather than fondants. The chocolate brownies weren't as gooey as we expected, but the other two plates were incredible. Service was not intrusive which was fantastic, allowing our group to chat and catch-up, however some general etiquette lacked. - 8/10 A warm, cosy ambience. Only negative, the music is too loud. - 8/10 It is a very comfortable venue. You do not feel rushed. - 9/10 All in all, a fantastic evening with great friends, good wine and beyond amazing food.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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