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Forkies Real Food Parlour

Forkies Real Food Parlour
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Cost
R70 – R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bistro fare, Italian, Light meals, Pizzas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

The Forkies owners, Andries Volschenk, Marnus Hendrikse and Anthony Wingfield, share with us their vision of a post-apocalyptic world, where food is produced and consumed ‘on the move’, with resources that are found in your immediate surrounds. At Forkies, that means fine dining, fancy plates and micro herbs make way for hearty, wholesome food.

Food
To support their concept, they have commissioned two large, mobile, wood-fired pizza ovens. Finely tuning the heat in these behemoths is critical to produce the small selection of their trademark slow-cooked bakes, Cuban-style pressed sandwiches called Cubanos (sandwiched between the floor of the pizza oven and a heavy roasting tin) and pizza-pies. The portions are satisfying and comforting. They’re very keen on slow food, where flavours develop over an extended period of cooking.

Under the bakes section, items like gem squash con carne – two pre-baked halves filled with chilli con carne and a dollop of sour cream, baked in the wood-fired oven and served with a scoop of fresh avocado – should satisfy any appetite. They also do a butternut version, and a good old-fashioned mac and cheese with three cheeses, sour cream, and the option of adding salami.

The Cubanos include various versions: the original, filled with smoked pulled pork shoulder, smoked ham, gruyère, grainy mustard and pickles; a meatless version, with caramelised baby butternut slices, balsamic roasted beet wedges, crushed pecan nuts, sautéed red onions and smoked mozzarella; and a delicious slow-roasted teriyaki chicken with Japanese mayo and mozzarella. All are made with rolls baked in-house, wrapped in tinfoil before being toasted, and then served in greaseproof paper wrappers.

The pizza-pie is a satisfying, half-moon-shaped pie made with pizza dough and baked next to smoking logs of wood for a delicious, smoky flavour. The slow-roasted brisket pizza-pie with butternut, mozzarella, caramelised onion and herbed tomato is a favourite.

Giving a glimmer of hope that a post-apocalyptic world might not be all doom and gloom, Forkies even manages to make a daring little chocolate-peanut-butter cheesecake as well as chocolate brownies in the pizza oven, both of which are decadently rich and satisfying.

Drinks
Their liquor licence application is still in progress, but they’re planning to stock an interesting selection of beers and wine, as attested by the current selection of non-alcoholic beverages such as Onze Jan Hops Beer 0%, Gudgu ginger beer and Double Shot tea selections, including a white tea flavoured with passion and peach, rooibos-based pineapple-and-ginger tea, and strawberry white tea.

They do not serve espresso-based coffees, taking great pride in their Serra Negra Cerrado pour-over coffee, also sourced from Double Shot. There’s a lovely little stand with conical copper drip tunnels where the pour-overs are made. Only enamel mugs are used throughout the restaurant. According to these guys, an enamel mug is the ultimate equaliser – when the world comes to an end, everyone will have to sip their tipple from a blikbeker.

Service
The service is relaxed and easy. Food is unceremoniously served on kitchen parchment in rectangular white and blue enamel dishes; even dessert is served the same way, with just a spoon. Although this is basically a self-service restaurant where orders are meant to be placed and collected at the counter, the owners are very hands-on and may well deliver and clear orders, even if only to make small talk with guests.

Ambience
Even though the interior is meant to suggest a repurposed space somewhere in the future shortly after the destruction of our current civilisation, careful attention has gone into creating that look.

Exposed light bulbs are strung from the ceiling, along with old-fashioned plugs to charge electronics in case of load shedding, and aircon ducts and other utilities are purposely exposed. The kitchen is separated by some innovative metal and piping screens, and the loo – in black and gold – harks back to the glamour of a long-forgotten time.

High tables and stools make for comfortable but informal eating, and outside on the sidewalk an old Ventertjie stores wood for the pizza ovens. While this venue would not score points for romance or delicate tastes, the food is homely and satisfying and might be just the right spot for an easy meal with friends.

And…
The two huge pizza ovens – the one kept at a constant 110°C for slow cooking and the other at a much fiercer 250°C – are used to produce delights that can be eaten there or ordered to take home, such as seven-hour roast chickens or nine-hour pork belly. The space is also ideal for smaller parties, where you could book out the entire restaurant and treat a group of like-minded friends to a yummy meal that can be eaten by hand.

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User reviews

  • Forkies on a Friday night - we were looking for something different and we stumbled onto Forkies. The name in itself was intriguing enough to give it a go. Located next to a very busy drinking spot, it seemed like the ideal foodie hide-away. We settled for the Cuban-style pressed sandwiches called Cubanos (sandwiched between the floor of the pizza oven and a heavy roasting tin). As this was a dine and dash kinda evening, we stayed for the sandwiches and a cold drink. Service was friendly and efficient. The style of food is not frilly and fussy like some places in the area and therefore will fill you up and leave you satisfied. I expected more from the "post apocalyptic,destruction of our current civilisation" look, but the space has a cool yuppie-vibe to it, which is all the rage at the moment. Foodies report to this headquarter for your forkin' good pizza pie, cubano and craft beer!
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  • This tucked away food parlour is charming in its simplicity. Loved the open kitchen, massive pizzas and interesting and different foods. The owner let us stay until late...great REAL food with awesome vibe and service!
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  • I love foodie movies and since watching "Chef" I have been craving a Cubano sandwich and I found the perfect place to satisfy that craving in Pretoria.The original Cubano is our favourite. Pork, ham, pickles, mustard & cheese.They have Cubano's, pizza pies, lasagne, chili con carne stuffed in a butternut, mac and cheeseand their "fork-off" chicken pizza pie is a firm favourite , it's a spicy one as well as the brisket pizza pie stuffed with butternut and cheese. They now have pizzas as well. We had a Porkcaccia with Pulled pork, honeyed peaches, rocket and basil pesto and Cubano. They now have a liquor licence too
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  • The food was amazing indeed. I had a chicken mayo Cuban sandwich. It was disappointing that there were no sides with my sandwich perhaps potato chips, or fries. But overall the food quality was good. The price of the food is overpriced, seems it could be cheaper. R65 for a sandwich is a bit over the top crazy, but the food was good. Ill give them a 3 out of 5. Food Quality : 4/5 Pricing: 2/5 Customer Service: 3/5 Ambiance: 5/5
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  • Get the "original", trust me. The pizza pies are also amazing... Haven't tried anything that has not satisfied my apetite and surprised me at the same time to be honest.
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Menu

Set menu - FORKIES - Updated June 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways

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