The lunch menu is essentially an extension of the dinner menu, with the addition of a section of ‘royales’, which are sandwiches served on artisan bread with tobacco onions and root vegetable crisps. The lamb kofta royale with roast garlic tzatziki, lemon hummus and avocado salsa sounds particularly delicious. Both menus include charcuterie and cheese planks for two or four people served with wood-fired sourdough flatbread. Le Carne Curado boasts local, Spanish and Italian cured meats with pickles and mustard, which could also serve nicely as a starter. As homely as pumpkin fritters may sound, you should definitely try the Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale sweet fritters in a simple cinnamon-sugar dusting – they are heavenly. The main course section is where the real gems are to be found, however: these range from a trio of sausages (lamb, pork and beef) served with house-made potato gnocchi and onion gravy, to roast pumpkin and prawn risotto with lemongrass, coriander and chilli.
The craft beers come bottled or on tap, and there are no fewer than nine craft brews to choose from including Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale, Naked Mexican and Jack Black Pale Ale. A range of whiskeys, cocktails and even a Swedish pear cider round out an interesting selection of other alcoholic beverages. The wine list is somewhat limited, featuring South African wines such as Black Oystercatcher White Pearl and Edgebaston The Pepper Pot. I get the impression that the wine list did not enjoy the same level of attention that other aspects of this lovely Parktown corner spot did.
Well-trained and professional, the service staff are attentive, polite and very competent, making you feel as if they’re genuinely pleased to contribute to the success of your evening out. The restaurant is generally jam-packed, meaning that the noise levels rise as the night progresses, but the waiting staff appear to be unfazed and on top of their game throughout.
This corner of Parktown has proved to be a real culinary hotspot over the years, and The Foundry Kitchen’s addition to the neighbourhood does not disappoint. A large dining area overlooks the kitchen with a separate bar area to the side, and is simply appointed with wooden ceilings, large black cottage pane windows, and the most elegant hand-blown glass light fittings with low-burning filament bulbs. In the entrance, a large coffee roaster takes pride of place. This is a feel-good restaurant where young and old hang out in large groups, having fun and eating good food.
If you must have pineapple on your pizza, this is the place to do so. The Empire Butter Chicken sourdough pizza with masala pineapple, cracked poppadum, raita and fresh coriander is simply delicious. The hand-made field mushroom ravioli with burnt sage butter, pine nuts and rocket is positively perfect: elegant and fresh but also wholesome and filling. The linguine with crab, herbs, lemon zest, chilli and roasted pepper is a delight for both the eye and the palate; the crab pieces are opened with so much care and attention that you can get to the meat with your fork and spoon. This is a sign that the chef and owners are true hospitality-driven professionals who think about how their customers will approach their meals.(Hennie Fisher, Nov 2012)
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I was really disappointed to have a bad food experience at The Foundry as it's got so much going for it. Good location, vibey interiors and a good drinks menu. I've had good charcuterie there before and would stick to that if I ever return but I'll never eat a meal there again. We ordered the "special" which was pulled pork and came highly recommended. Not only was the dish completely misrepresented on the menu, the only flavour coming through was All Gold tomato sauce. Apple slaw? No. More like tomato sauce on a roll. Maybe time to invest in a proper chef.
It took me over 2 weeks to get a reservation at The Foundry on a Friday night and after having eaten there, I now understand why! The Foundry has an easy, chilled, effortless atmosphere in a uniquely designed setting. The beer selection on offer has something to quench every thirst. We honestly ate some of thee most deliciously yummy mushroom ravioli that I have ever eaten in my entire life and the pumpkin fritters were also done to perfection! The service is outstanding with the most knowledgeable enthusiastic waiters that make the whole dining experience nothing but a pleasure. Definitely worth the wait!
Limited menu, although the linguini with seafood was great the rest was sub standard. The maitre d was a bit of a spin doctor - more interested in the ladies than getting us a table. Young crowd, not a lot of class.
I went to The Foundry with a friend on Thursday, 4th of April - we arrived at around 6pm, the inside restaurant was seemingly empty. When we asked for a table for two, the waiters made us wait for the manager, the manager then came over whith a very smug attitude and said that we could only be seated outside. This restaurant was practically empty. We were going for a drink and the only reason we wanted it inside was because it was freezing cold. The unaccommodating attitude of the manager made it really easy for me never to return to The Foundry. Definite thumbs down.
We had a very special celebration dinner at The Foundry last night. The food was out of this world and the ambience was wonderful. We will all be back! Anyone who says Joburg doesn't have excellent restaurants has not been to The Foundry.
I took my wife there for a casual anniversary dinner. I mentioned it while making reservations not expecting anything, but when we got there we were treated very well. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. We got complimentary glasses of sparkling wine as well as dessert at the end. The seafood pasta (which they slightly modified for our taste) and pork belly was delicious and the selection of craft beers was a welcome change, Will definitely come back.
Went to lunch there and was not impressed. Service was non-existent. We had to continuously call the waiters over. I ordered the pork sandwich and it was served with lots of rocket. This wasn't mentioned on the menu as if it was I would have asked them to remove it. When I asked the waitress to please take it back and just remove it for me the manager (I think) seemed rather annoyed at my request and told me that he would need to have a whole new sandwich made (that was not my request, just remove all the rocket, I would have done it at the table but there was no space) When I did eat it, it was too sweet and there were two bones that I had to pick out of my mouthful of food. Not nice at all. I wouldn't go back... Overpriced and not worth it.
What a great evening at Foundry. Trendy place where you can have a drink on a Friday afternoon and then stay for dinner. Try the pork belly because it is in one word, fantastic! Our waiter, Joe, was great and if you are a loud person with a big personality then you will absolutely love this place. I’ll definitely be back!
Time to get your Foundry on... Yes please. Can anybody say charcuterie? I did. Again and again... Give me more. Service with a smile, the way it should be and Pimms for some added excitement. Decor - fab and the feature wall... I want one. Chocoholics will be going gaga for the choc fondant and freshly roasted coffee fills the air. Winner all round. Done.
My wife and I visited Foundry this week for the first time, with four friends, for dinner. Yes, it is very noisy, and (mostly) full of cool, young people, but the food is really great! Fresh, well prepared and with good combinations! Enjoyed the field mushroom ravioli and duck salad a lot... tasty pizzas as well. Fair wine list, with plenty of beer. Will definitely return, maybe for lunch next time.
Foundry is awesome! Should be ‘nuff said, but I’ll elaborate. Stumbled onto it 2 weeks ago and have probably been 6 times since. The beers and food are delicious! The vibe is awesome and never over crowded which is a plus (except when we got bounced by the bulky guy saying the bar was ‘packed’ to find it empty apart from the tables there). Service is super friendly and efficient. Mostly ex-Tashas waiters I think. They know service! Just a great place to drink, eat, laugh and love life. New favourite haunt.
The Foundry is situated in Parktown North and is a kitchen, roastworks and offers a great selection of local and international craft beers. The restaurant offers two separate menus for lunch and dinner, as well as a wine and cocktail menu. The lunch menu is small and consists of a range of starters, salads and gourmet sandwiches – the Beef Royale is delicious.