It should come as no surprise that the menu is incredibly tempting: anything deep-fried, oozy and cheesy is hard to resist. Still, when you think of eating croquettes you don’t usually imagine it being a full meal, but Dave has eradicated that belief with some masterful combinations. There are familiar options like the candied jalapeno and feta, which remains a firm favourite. Then there’s the date, goats cheese and bacon croquette, which is given a new addictive quality with the golden coating and hidden centre bursting with flavour.
Daring combinations like braised ox tongue with salsa verde or the biltong-and-dried fruit croquette is sure to please even the most conservative palate. The chorizo, almond and harissa croquette as well as the eight-hour roasted pork belly-and-sage croquette deliver the comforting flavours of a Sunday lunch all wrapped up in a portable nugget. Though there are a few favourites that will remain constant on the menu, Dave is constantly experimenting with new combinations. One to look forward to is the snoek-and-apricot croquette soon to grace the menu.
The impressive dessert croquette of apple, raisin, walnuts and cinnamon is served with vanilla ice cream and tastes like deep-fried apple pie. It’s the perfect way to end this unique tasting experience.
If this sounds like too much deep-fried goodness to handle in one sitting, you could purchase the croquettes frozen, ready to fry at your next dinner party or an indulgent evening at home. A range of house-made condiments used in-store are also available, like the candied jalapenos, German sweet mustard or a fiery chilli sauce.
Sadly you will not be able to wash your croquettes down with a cold beer, but there is a locally produced ice tea or delicious coffee available.
This is a one-man band. Dave will keep you entertained as he prepares your choice of croquettes.
The compact space resembles a food truck and literally has the old structure of his food cart rebuilt in the shop with a tiny balcony on the outside. This is more of a taste-and-go spot, not meant for lazy lunches.
Davy Croquettes will also be at the City Bowl Market on Hope Street on a Thursday from 4pm onwards.