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Vovo Telo (Parkhurst)

Vovo Telo (Parkhurst)
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Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Italian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Thulisa Martins

Food
The simplicity of the serving style here gives a sense of non-pretentious food, made from scratch in the kitchen. Clean, fresh flavours is what this translates to. The menu includes pizzas, pasta, sarmies and other main dishes. Go early in the morning for lovely breakfast options such as corn hot cakes served with poached eggs, crispy coppa and roasted rosa tomatoes.

Otherwise dinner is just as enjoyable: start off with the deconstructed caprese salad. The pesto-roasted halloumi is rich and well-balanced with the tartness of the tomatoes, all served on ciabatta with olives. Other starter options to note include salmon and asparagus bundles or the brie and cranberry pansotti.

A must-try is the abruzzi-style lamb for mains. Served with cheese and a dash of chilli, this is perfect for a cold winter's night. The lamb is braised in a rich tomato sauce and flavoured with basil, rosemary, garlic and balsamic and served on homemade al dente pasta.

If not you're not choosing a dessert from the display, then opt for the flourless chocolate cake that does the trick. Warm, rich and moist, it's served with rich cream and a fresh strawberry, which adds a refreshing touch.

Drinks
Craft beers include Union and Darling brew. Even though the wine list is rather limited, locals can enjoy some favourite wines like the Paul Cluver Villages Pinot Noir or Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Enjoy a glass of Graham Beck Brut Rose MCC, which is a lovely touch as most places do not offer a good bubbly by glass. A selection of cocktails is also available in addition to freshly squeezed juices. They serve a pretty good coffee.

Service
Quirky, friendly and well-informed service is what one can expect here.

Ambience
A relaxed vibe with displays of homemade bread (among these olive bread and rye ciabattas can be found as well as treats like pain au chocolat). Rustic wooden tables combined with white plastic chairs fill the space and pressed ceilings create an on-trend look.

And...
They bake the best homemade bread on offer for take away. Tuesday nights are popular as it is a quiz night.

(September 2016)

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  • Claire Hu

    Food
    Vovo Telo is practically an institution in the trendy suburb of Parkhurst. The aroma drifting onto the street from this artisan bakery or the sight of freshly-made dough being shaped into croissants and ciabattas in front of the wood oven is enough to lure you inside. Forget Banting, the menu is shaped around baked goods. Sourdough and coconut are two highlights of the bread range and you’ll find some of the best chocolate croissants and pain aux raisins in town. Artisan sarmies include the Vovo version of a BLT with brie and strawberry chutney (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) and the delicious pissaladière, a type of pizza from the South of France. Inventive toppings include caramalised pear and coppa, or butter chicken. Sharing boards, pies, quiches, pasta, and changing dishes such as coffee chilli fillet complete an alluring menu.

    Drinks
    The short wine list could be a bit more exciting, but it’s good value with most bottles under R200. It’s also a great place for a Friday afternoon glass of bubbly with Graham Beck rosé, Krone and Steenburg sparkling sauvignon blanc on offer. Craft beers including Darling Brew and the salted caramel vovochino will rock your world.

    Service
    The staff are genuinely friendly, as well as being prompt and well-organised.

    Ambience
    There’s a buzzy and busy vibe to the place, which has become a hub for the hip and happening of 4th Avenue. Decor is simple with wooden tables and chairs, and the baker’s workbench and oven forming the beating heart of the restaurant.

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    This is the best-value and quality place in the area to order special occasion.

    (August 2015)

  • Claire Hu

    Food
Vovo Telo is practically an institution in the trendy suburb of Parkhurst. The aroma drifting onto the street from this artisanal bakery, or even just the sight of freshly made dough being shaped into croissants and ciabattas in front of the wood-fired oven, is enough to lure you inside.

    Forget banting: the menu is shaped around baked goods. Sourdough and coconut are two highlights of the bread range, and you’ll find some of the best chocolate croissants and pain aux raisins in town.

    Artisanal sarmies include the Vovo version of a BLT with brie and strawberry chutney (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) and the delicious pissaladière, a type of pizza from the South of France. Inventive toppings include caramelised pear and coppa or butter chicken. Sharing boards, pies, quiches, pasta, and changing dishes such as the coffee-chilli fillet steak complete an alluring menu.

    Drinks
The short wine list could be a bit more exciting, but it offers good value for money, with most bottles coming in under R200. It’s also a great place for a Friday afternoon glass of bubbly, with Graham Beck rosé, Krone and Steenburg sparkling sauvignon blanc on offer. Craft beers include Darling Brew. The salted caramel vovochino will rock your world.

    Service
Staff are genuinely friendly, prompt and well-organised.

    Ambience
There’s a buzzy and busy vibe to the place, which has become a hub for the hip and happening of 4th Avenue. Décor is simple with wooden tables and chairs, and the baker’s workbench and oven forming the beating heart of the restaurant.

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This is the best-value and top-quality place in the area to order special occasion cakes.

    (July 2015)

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    The Surrey Hills menu item offers sourdough toast with avo, feta, poached egg, rocket and infused olive oil. For something a little heartier, choose any of the pissaladière selections. These thin-crust pizza bases made from ciabatta dough are particularly suited as a vehicle for the Bianca (with calamata olives, pesto, bocconcini and fresh basil. Or grab a Raleigh Street meatball sandwich to go: the homemade tomato and oregano sauce, melted mozzarella, and basil on a ciabatta roll are pure delight. The Portobello mushroom panini comes with caramelised onions, roasted peppers, Dutch cheese and rocket.

    Wine
    A compact selection with stalwarts such as Raka Merlot, Dombeya Shiraz and Tamboerskloof Viognier is supplemented by some great artisan beers such as Brewers & Union beers and Darling Brews.

    Service
    The service is generally characterised by no-fuss competence. Servers appear to take even large families, with numerous youngsters roaming the restaurant like young gourmets, in their stride. Staff would be able to provide even better service if they had more knowledge of menu items, the ingredients used and cooking techniques.

    Ambience
    Situated right on Parkhurst’s famous and much-loved 4th Avenue, this is a light and airy space with plenty of natural light, with pressed ceilings and chandeliers offering some history and class. Tables spill right onto the street and a fabulous air of café society prevails. The likelihood that someone will be shaping or baking bread while you have your meal is good, so enjoy the complimentary show with your food.

    And...
    The large centre table is piled high with freshly baked treats. Choose from a range of items from the menu for a party: zucchini and pine nut salad; ricotta and basil; or a delicious antipasti platter with deli meats, tomatoes and Boerenkaas. (HF, October 2012)

User reviews

  • No parking, no fans in 30+ degree weather, service was dismal - waited 20 mins for water in an empty restaurant then they got our order wrong after an hour of waiting for food - not going back!
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  • Best cheesecake in JHB.
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  • So, where do you take your husband's 70-year old uncle and aunt, from the platteland, for a great experiece in Johannesburg? Definitely Vovo Telo, Parkhurst; always a favourite of mine. The smell of freshly baked bread makes you excited to open the menu, the choices full of flavour and detail. We sat outside to experience a bit of the hustle and bustle, but inside is beautiful and relaxed. Our service was great, too! Went for 3 lovely sandwiches for lunch - good choice for lunch. Thanks Vovo Telo!



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  • Vovo Telo is one of those great artisan restaurants where you can always rely on their consistency for providing delicious and wholesome food. (Which I think is clearly evident by the number of branches now open across JHB)
    We ordered the pizzas - which were done to perfection - thin, crispy bases with the freshest ingredients and toppings.
    Vovo Telo never disappoints!

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  • Vovo in Parkhurst is usually our favourite breakfast spot, but unfortunately our experience on 12 March was not nearly as good as usual. My wife's toast was soggy (and inedible) from the poached eggs' water, and her roast cherry tomatoes were really just warmed up, not roasted. My plate was dirty and, while there was nothing wrong with my scrambled eggs, they were definitely not as tasty as usual.

    The worst part, though, was the serviette (or something) I found in my coffee. I don't take milk or sugar, so I never stirred my coffee before I started drinking it. My last sip, therefore, included a mouthful of paper... disgusting! I drew a waiter's attention to it and he whisked the cup away without saying as much as "sorry".

    Maybe the two people clearly doing a franchise inspection made you all a bit nervous? (Usually I would give you five stars for everything. Today I'll go for averages.)

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  • Great vibe especially for a Sunday, great service and the best part is great food! For ice tea lovers - try their special range of ice teas (kiwi, cucumber, mint , refreshingly thirst quenching).

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  • The food and the bread are delicious. Their wine is overpriced and their drinks menu is very limited. But it is definitely worth a visit.

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  • A rude waitress coupled with a dry Lamb Burger did not make my dining experience in 'Joburg's Best New Restaurant of 2011' a happy one. It seems that people are visiting Vovo Telo to digest the cosmopolitan atmosphere - one that is out of place in Parkhurst - rather than the overpriced and oversimplified food. The bakery I have yet to try; perhaps it will change my tune.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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