Linden, a formerly quiet neighbourhood in northern Johannesburg, has seemingly undergone quite a revival lately, with a recent crop of cool eateries and cafés setting up shop. Van der Linde is one such spot, and it houses a bakery and deli, as well as a wine-and-gin bar alongside the restaurant.
The menu is relatively small and well put-together. It features a burger section with beef, chicken and veggie versions, as well as a number of smaller plates and interesting salads, including one with roasted cauliflower and sweet potato, butter beans and parmesan topped with a zingy dressing.
The ‘classics’ menu includes a chicken parm – featuring a parmesan-crusted chicken breast and fresh, homemade pappardelle tossed in a bright, tomato sauce. The salmon fishcakes, served alongside a simple green salad and aïoli, are tasty, with a strong salmon flavour and toasty crumb.
If you have space for it, dessert could take the shape of a freshly baked slice of cake, creme brûlée or poached stone fruit with an olive oil sabayon.
The wine list is decent and features a number of well-known knockouts such as Adi Badenhorst’s Secateurs plus a selection from Springfield. On the beer side of things, there’s a limited offering of standard SAB brews, as well as a CBC and Devil’s Peak. They also have an extensive smoothie menu, fresh juices and soft drinks for those forgoing alcohol.
The service is pleasant and efficient.
The bright and airy restaurant seems to be a good meeting spot for people working in the area, so there’s a buzz coupled with an unexpectedly good view of Johannesburg’s iconic skyline.
They have a small bonsai studio next door, where they offer classes, should you want to learn a skill before dinner.
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