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Ginger and Fig

Ginger and Fig
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, International, Modern, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
Organic, local, free-range and preservative free – that’s how Ginger and Fig bills itself on Instagram. But this pretty cafe is not all saintly: There are chocolate cakes oozing orange-curd mousse, cruffins with white-chocolate mousse and almond cream, pastéis de nata, and Earl Grey sponge with lemon-and-poppyseed buttercream.

The menu is compact, yet shows impressive variety and originality. From all-day breakfasts to sandwiches and burgers, with a few pastas thrown in, there’s something for even the picky eater.

Ginger and Fig does all its own breads and pastries. Everything from the eggs Benedict to the signature G&F Burger, which includes dried baby tomatoes, house pickles, cheddar and a secret sauce, is from the heart of the kitchen, with as much as possible home made. The patties are freshly and individually crafted, so they might differ from burger to burger, but that’s part of their charm.

Drinks
Ginger and Fig doesn’t have a liquor licence, but the fun juices and milkshakes will rock your world. Think carrot (or beetroot) with pineapple and ginger, or a breakout miso, peanut butter and popcorn milkshake.

Service
It’s super sweet and on the button. They’re there when you need them.

Ambience
This is another Pretoria pavement special, where a deli has moved into a shopping centre and claimed the space as its own. Ginger and Fig is super cool. Even though it’s been around a few years, it still has a contemporary feel thanks to the smart design. The passing traffic is the moving backdrop.

And…
Because this is also a place where students hang, it’s almost better to pop in at weekends than during the week.

(June 2017)

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  • Alida Ryder

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    Ginger and Fig has only been around for three years but already they have become a Pretoria institution. It is a known fact that if you want incredible sandwiches, fantastic breakfast and to-die-for cakes, you head to the small, beautiful shop in Brooklyn.

    The menu is ever-evolving and you will often find new, interesting additions. For breakfast, their eggs Benedict is legendary and sees their home-baked English muffin topped with house-cured and smoked bacon, perfectly poached eggs and the most buttery hollandaise I have ever tasted. The smoked trout rosti is another crowd favourite and is popular amongst banters. Smoked trout, sweet potato rosti, poached egg, wasabi cream cheese and that same buttery hollandaise combine to make an indulgent, delectable breakfast.

    For lunch you would be silly not to try the grilled cheese sandwich. A trifecta of cheeses (cheddar, parmesan and ricotta) along with pickled red onions and truffle oil make this a stand-out. For something heartier, the pork belly sandwich with caramelised apple puree and coriander dressing is a great option but what you should really go for is their smoked brisket. Slow-smoked brisket, coleslaw and coffee-BBQ sauce all on top of G&F’s home-baked sourdough bread is utterly delicious. And the sweet potato or salt and vinegar crisps that come served with all their sandwiches and burgers? Absolutely addictive.

    If you’re after something lighter, they have an amazing range of creative salads and pasta dishes to please every palate. And do save space for dessert. Their cakes are ever-changing and you won’t find the same flavour two days in a row, but they are always worth it.

    Drinks
    They offer a range of perfectly-done coffees and other hot drinks made by very talented baristas. Frankie’s sodas, Fitch & Leeds drinks and their milkshakes can’t be missed. For something more refreshing, try their Arnold Palmer or Shirley Temple.

    Service
    The service is professional, friendly and comfortable. Food is served promptly. The servers and baristas are well-trained and are present without hovering.

    Ambience
    Modern, hip and one-of- a-kind. The open kitchen allows you to see the chefs and baristas working their magic.

    And...
    Take home a bottle of their home-made jam or banting ketchup and don’t forget a packet of that famous bacon.

    (September 2016)

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  • Alida Ryder

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    Chef owner Zane Figueiredo made a radical career shift from IT to food – and thank goodness he did. His food seems simple, but once your plate is put down in front of you, you know that everything on it has been perfectly planned to result in a well-balanced, mouthwatering dish. The hand-cut rib-eye burgers are crowd favourites and come with innovative toppings like mushroom ketchup, house pickles and house-cured and -smoked bacon. For something lighter, try the duck wonton salad. The wontons are beautifully shaped, filled with an aromatic mixture of shredded duck and Asian herbs, and served on a bed of leaves with burnt cucumber and fresh orange. You’ll have a tough time choosing between the pork belly open sandwich and the smoked brisket, but if you want something truly special, the brisket is the way to go: soft, slow-smoked melt-in-the mouth beef tops freshly baked sourdough bread with coleslaw, pickles and the most delectable coffee-barbecue sauce. For sweets, you would be silly not to try Zane’s buttermilk pie (if you’re lucky enough to be there on a day that he makes it) or one of their stunning cakes.

    Drinks
    Ginger and Fig is not licensed to sell alcohol, but they have no problem if you bring your own. They offer a range of perfectly done coffees (by the most charming baristas), Frankie’s sodas, Fitch & Leeds drinks, and not-to-be-missed milkshakes.

    Ambience
    Modern, hip and one of a kind. The open kitchen shows the chefs and baristas working their magic and it’s not hard to see why this is where the cool kids hang out.

    Service
    Service is professional, friendly and comfortable. If you’re a regular, baristas Jabu and Alban will remember how you take your coffee and will have it ready before you even hit your seat. Manager Willem might charm you into trying something new and will crack a joke or two while he’s at it.

    And…
    For something refreshing on the liquid front, try their Arnold Palmer or Shirley Temple cocktails.

    (June 2015)

  • Alida Ryder

    Food
    Chef owner Zane Figueiredo made a radical career shift from IT to food – and thank goodness he did. His food seems simple, but once your plate is put down in front of you, you know that everything on it has been perfectly planned to result in a well-balanced, mouthwatering dish. The hand-cut rib-eye burgers are crowd favourites and come with innovative toppings like mushroom ketchup, house pickles and house-cured and -smoked bacon. For something lighter, try the duck wonton salad. The wontons are beautifully shaped, filled with an aromatic mixture of shredded duck and Asian herbs, and served on a bed of leaves with burnt cucumber and fresh orange. You’ll have a tough time choosing between the pork belly open sandwich and the smoked brisket, but if you want something truly special, the brisket is the way to go: soft, slow-smoked melt-in-the mouth beef tops freshly baked sourdough bread with coleslaw, pickles and the most delectable coffee-barbecue sauce. For sweets, you would be silly not to try Zane’s buttermilk pie (if you’re lucky enough to be there on a day that he makes it) or one of their stunning cakes.

    Drinks
    Ginger and Fig is not licensed to sell alcohol, but they have no problem if you bring your own. They offer a range of perfectly done coffees (by the most charming baristas), Frankie’s sodas, Fitch & Leeds drinks, and not-to-be-missed milkshakes.

    Ambience
    Modern, hip and one of a kind. The open kitchen shows the chefs and baristas working their magic and it’s not hard to see why this is where the cool kids hang out.

    Service
    Service is professional, friendly and comfortable. If you’re a regular, baristas Jabu and Alban will remember how you take your coffee and will have it ready before you even hit your seat. Manager Willem might charm you into trying something new and will crack a joke or two while he’s at it.

    And…
    For something refreshing on the liquid front, try their Arnold Palmer or Shirley Temple cocktails.

    (June 2015)

  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    This slick, individualistic city café hasn't been open for very long, but they’ve settled in nicely and are now more frequently open at night. At Ginger and Fig you’ll find serious food, but with a playfulness that's a pleasure to encounter.

    Classic meals like eggs Benedict and eggs royale are tempting options for breakfast. As for lunch, there are plenty of interesting options like a pork belly sandwich with ricotta, caramelised apple purée and coriander dressing, and the duck confit wonton with burned cucumber and grape salad, a balsamic sweet chilli sauce and black sesame seeds.

    Alternatively, opt for one of their swanky gourmet burgers (beetroot for vegetarians). For dinner, consider the mushroom risotto with grilled oyster mushrooms, bok choy and parmesan.

    The menu is imaginative and quirky, allowing the quality of the food to shine.

    Drinks
    Sip on fresh juices (carrot, cucumber and mint, watermelon) or homemade and commercial iced teas and, of course, coffee and tea.

    Service
    Attentive and friendly – and it needs to be because they're small. It would be easy to spot anyone who’s waiting.

    Ambience
    The design is urban and edgy, dominated by striking, clean lines, steel and designer light bulbs. It suits the predominantly young clientele, drawn by its location so close to the University of Pretoria.

    And…
    A few tables on the pavement add fun to this busy corner, where the city changes into suburb. It’s a good place to hang out.

    (July 2014)

  • All ingredients are locally sourced and perfectly prepared. Their burger and milkshake pairings are pure genius. Stand-out dish: rib-eye burger with guacamole and caramelised onion. The signature sweet potato crisps that accompany meals are so good, they should be packaged and sold separately. (EO mag 2014)

User reviews

  • With all the hype I thought this place was going to be amazing but it's a fake hipster hang out with less than mediocre food.
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  • The best restaurant in Ptown!!

    You know the food is good when you can see,smell and taste the chefs passion on a plate. The coffee is awesome and the interior is a refreshing modern look with friendly super efficient staff... Definitely a win for this city!!
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  • Rib eye burger and pork belly Samie with peaches was amazing!
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  • Clearly one of the best restaurants in Pretoria. The décor is refreshingly good and speaking to the chef/owner you'll realise that his passion for everything is what makes this place so spectacular! I loved it so much I went to work there for a while!!
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  • Best secret in Pretoria! Small bistro. Great service. Amazing food. Ridiculously cheap. Surely one of a kind. Will go back again and again.

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  • All their ingredients are locally sourced and perfectly prepared. Their burger and milkshake pairings are pure genius!
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  • Accepts credit cards
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  • Dog-friendly
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