You want all the goodness and you want it now? It’s all at Gorge: the organic, the traceable, the gluten-free, the fresh and mighty interesting for banters and the brave, plus Bulletproof Coffee. There’s just one thing: it’s in Boskruin.
This is where South African five-star chef Bartho Saayman and Neil Griffiths, a British chef who’s had restaurants all over Iberia, along with two other pals from the food industry, attract health-conscious patrons from local business, schools, families and the burgeoning area.
“It’s all food I want my own family and kids to eat – nutritional and responsible,” explains Neil. “We can trace all the elements that make up the items on our menu. Kids and businessmen don’t know to compose and combine the stuff – that’s what we have chefs for – but they love it and their palates are being educated.” With dishes like a salad of shaved salmon trout, Gorge’s own citrus mayonnaise, and crisp, fresh baby spinach with a sprinkle of black sea salt, the idea is “to provide the delicious tastes but the fresh and healthy version. Busy people don’t have time to source fresh, organic ingredients.”
Gorge is already making an impression on the northern side of Joburg, with one of the biggest drawcards being the Bulletproof Americano. It’s a banting coffee whisked at the table with pure fats and oils instead of milk – an astonishingly delicious first in Joburg coffee culture. Plus, all the coffees are locally roasted and organic.
Umpteen kinds of bread and cauliflower wraps come out of a neighbourhood oven at 6am. The greedy should try their milled-seed version, freshly toasted and served with local brie, crispy local and organic bacon, and house ginger-chilli preserve.
Gorge’s deli fridges and counters are bursting with cheeses and charcuterie, sandwiches, freshly baked breads, own-label foods, organic juices, energising combos and that great coffee.
And what seals the deal, whether you take away or stop and eat, is that everything is good looking. The wrappings and containers are très cool, like their Power Oats jars, lunch boxes and picnic containers that can be made up.
Worth a trip to the Boskruin Village Shopping Centre? We think so.