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Voodoo Lily Café

Voodoo Lily Café
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, Deli fare, Health food, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Echbert Boezak

Food
Expect beautiful presentation and food that is wonderfully tasty. Everything is organic and sustainable and great care is taken in preparing meals. For those in the mood for a banting breakfast, try Sharky's poached eggs, which consists of two fried eggs served in half an avo, topped with bacon, sprinkled feta and rocket. The eggs benedict is another favourite, and the Shaksuka breakfast with its spicy pepper and tomato salsa is very popular. Their organic oats with banana and raw honey is one of the tastiest in the business. For lunch, the famous voodoo burger is a must, accompanied by one of their solid craft beers. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, the the Blintzers will satisfy – a traditional Jewish pancake with sweetened cream cheese and berry coulis. It is devilishly sweet, so have it with their outstanding coffee.

Drinks
They offer a decent wine list, with selected cocktails and a good list of craft beers.

Service
Relaxed and knowledgeable, but the waiters can be inattentive at times.

Ambience
Bustling and hip. It is clearly THE breakfast spot for locals coming from the gym or their morning cycle.

And …
Even your pooch has its own menu. Choose between the chicken livers and giblets or the chicken breast. And there is a jungle gym opposite the restaurant to keep the kiddies occupied while you sip your coffee.

(August 2015)

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  • Bazil Stander

    Food 
    This is a refreshing organic and sustainable positioned café that offers delicious homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highlights on the menu include the shakshuka breakfast with poached eggs, spicy tomato and pepper salsa with feta on a pita bread; the famous Voodoo burger (possibly the best burger in Jozi), and the Pemba Bay cob with cauliflower mash. Selected dishes on the menu can be made into banting options, – a Paleo chicken breast even makes an entrance! Trends aside, the food here is seriously good and diet or no diet, you will find something to satisfy your craving. There are some great salads and an in-house sushi chef as well. It’s a must-visit foodie destination in Jozi and a welcome breath of fresh air in an otherwise predictable and at times boring market.

    Drinks 
    They provide a solid wine list with some decent options by the glass, a small but very well-executed cocktail selection, and some craft beers.

    Service
    Service is relaxed and laid back – and can be inattentive and slow at times.

    Ambience 
    It’s an easygoing, organic café with a fun, playful interior – nothing here is overly serious. A fresh and happy space.

    And… 
    Check out their menu for your four-legged friend: you’ll find organic chicken and giblets as well as homemade dog biscuits! They also do meat-free Mondays and a three-course organic menu over the weekend.

    (August 2014)

  • Hennie Fisher

    Any shop with such a quirky name should warrant a second glance. They serve only Bean There Coffee, and particularly Ethiopian beans that they grind on demand. It’s a lovely glass-fronted shop with an elegant interior, but the real action takes place downstairs where they have a separate bakery to make anything from bread to pecan pie, cashew pie, old-fashioned custard slices, blintzes and croissants. (August 2014)
  • Food
    The ethos here is to serve fair trade products and as much locally sourced organic food as possible. However, healthy doesn’t have to mean that you lose the yum factor. The shakshuka with its poached eggs, spicy tomato and pepper salsa and feta is a great breakfast option, as are the nutty crumpets with clotted cream and berries. There is a wide variety of salads (the couscous with roasted and crispy stir-fried veggies is tasty) as well as more substantial fare, such as the home-made voodoo burger of free-range beef, Thai chicken (or tofu) curry or lentil bobotie.

    Wine
    Bring your own or opt for one of the many freshly squeezed juices or wide range of herbal teas.

    Service
    Friendly, but can be a bit slow. Sometimes you have to attract the waiters’ attention.

    Ambience
    The interior is airy and modern with white plastic chairs and tables made out of reclaimed aluminium and recycled compressed plastic bottles and husks.

    And...
    The Little Lily menu means that young visitors can also eat healthy and delicious fare.(Janine Walker, March 2012)

User reviews

  • Had a fantastic event for 21 people last night - and all at the last minute! Best hake I've ever eaten, and the salads are to die for! Win win win!

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  • Best burger and chips I have had for a long time - the secret? - A bunless burger! Cooked to perfection with onion topping.

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  • I have eaten here at least 4 times. The agreement amongst my group of friends is the food is good but this place has the worst service in Joburg. Orders are usually incorrect, late or forgotten. If they managed to get it right, this would be a great place.

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  • Best eggs Benedict in town!

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  • Voodoo Lily Cafe for me is my favourite restaurant. It's probably the reason why I'm broke all the time. It's not that it's expensive it's just that I can't get enough of that place. Beth Cameron has hit the nail on the head with the amazing menu and service. My fiance had her baby shower there and it was a huge success due to the service, food and atmosphere at Voodoo Lily! I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone!

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  • I was so disappointed! Ate here with a friend, and it just didn't live up to its promise... Service wasn't great, there were no specials left (at 12.30 - they had run out) and the food we had was so disappointing - a chicken/haloumi salad, a Ploughman's Platter and a side of shoe string chips! Not complicated, but very over priced and not impressive.

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  • Fresh, organic and delicious food. Completely surprising - each and every item ordered was sublime. Will be back asap!

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  • Such an awesome place! Good food with a real personal touch! Great place for Sunday breckie or midweek dinner!

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  • We had an amazing breakfast there. Eggs baked in a spicy tomato relish with feta and ciabatta. Heaven! Lovely coffee too.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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