Burgers, brannas and braais: Jack Parow’s food favourites

Jack Parow

Self-styled zef icon Jack Parow might be best known for his contribution to Afrikaans rap culture (and the emancipation of the trucker cap brim), but if one listens carefully to Parow’s lyrics, it’s clear that he’s also a committed foodie. “Dis ice tea, ek’s witblitz. Dis light bier, ek’s spirits… Jy eet caviar en couscous. Ek drink Klipdrif, jy drink Peroni,” he raps in Cooler as Ekke. (Well, he’s opinionated on the subject of food, at any rate!)

Right now, Parow is gearing up to release a music video for Ode to You with Nonku (check out Part One here), with shows in Jozi and Tshwane, and he’s getting ready to hit up Holland for the Back to Amsterdam Tour in September.

On the eve of his video’s release, we caught up with Jack to find out where he goes for burgers, where he’d take us on a date, and where he buys his groceries (if he’s feeling fancy).

My favourite place for:


Royale in Long Street or Hudson’s on Kloof Street. Both have the best burgers I’ve ever tasted… I can’t choose a clear winner.

A burger at the Royale Eatery. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.


Sgt Pepper in Long Street. My friend owns it and it literally makes the best pizza. There’s also a burger made with my very own Parow Sauce.

A beer with friends

Also Sgt Pepper, or The Shack because it’s one of those places I’ve been going to for as long as since I can remember (or since I looked old enough to get in!) Another one is Van Hunks; it’s close to my house and has a really lekker vibe.

The interior at Sgt Pepper. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pub to watch sport

The bar at my house has the best booze and no one ever blocks the TV. Otherwise Percy’s (Perseverance Tavern) is cool and has been around forever.

A great view

The Gallery Restaurant in Prince Albert at night has the best view over the Karoo. Plus the food is next level!


Simply Asia at night or Kauai during the day.


I like vida e caffé, or my friend’s spot, Deluxe. It speaks for itself; go there, you will see.

A quick weekday breakfast

Spur. The sausage with the secret basting? Boom!

A hungover weekend brunch

Also Spur. Cream Soda and a Spur burger cures ANY hangover. (And believe me, I’ve had the worst ones…)

Sunday lunch with the family

Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek. You can sneak in some brannas, get a picnic basket and lie on the grass while the family plays.

A date

Maybe Assembly…or any bar. If food needs to be part of it, maybe El Burro?

A blow-the-budget celebratory dinner

Beluga or Carne SA. Both are lekker expensive and fkn lekker lekker.

The interior at Carne SA. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

An end-of-the-month weekday dinner

At home, behind a braai. Actually that could have been my answer to every single question so far… Please change?

Buying food

Woolworths when I’m feeling fancy; Checkers when I’m not.

Market-style shopping

Oranjezicht City Farm. It’s nice, not that popular yet and all the hipsters are too scared to bother the man with the moustache and the black clothing.

My favourite recipe book is…

My fkn brain. Go for gold and if you fail, just act like you planned it.

My favourite drink is…

Brandy and Coke. And Jagermeister.

Catch Jack Parow at the Marks Park Sports Club for the Pinkie Fest on 30 August; Rumours Lounge in Roodepoort on 5 September; Aandklas Pretoria on 6 September; and the Tribeone Festival on 27 September. Jack Parow and Naaldekoker will entertain guests on The Party Cruise, which goes from Durban to Mozambique in December.

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