Melville’s Glory has set up a pop-up restaurant nearby in a residential house, which will run until the end of October. Named No.12, it’s a little bit whacky, rather eccentric and definitely worth doing if you’re looking for something different. It truly makes for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon or evening – you’ll meet fun people and experience something out of the ordinary.
Cost: Small plates range between R45 and R90, with a tasting menu at R350 per person
Parking: On the street with a car guard
Food type: Asian-fusion street food
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 4; Service: 4; Ambience: 4
It’s fusion street food with an Asian slant. You can opt for the tasting menu, which includes the chef’s favourite seven items from that week’s offering, or you can opt to order your own selection of dishes. Be patient: dishes take a while to prepare and arrive separately as they’re ready.
There’s a wonderful range of vegan, pork and fish dishes on offer, the vegan and fish ones being the standouts. The aubergine dish with Szechuan pepper, black garlic, lime and fresh herbs is an absolute delight, as is the green masala ceviche (served in a tuna can – an ode to La Calombe, perhaps?). It’s fresh, vibrant and zesty. The Indian crab curry is aromatic and rich, but be prepared to work for it, as it requires dextrous use of your hands and nutcrackers.
The lightly smoked river prawns are scrumptious and cooked to perfection. The Saldanha black mussels in a lemongrass and coconut cream are delicious, though the Thai basil leaves on woody sticks make the dish difficult to eat. The braised pork belly bao bun could pack more of a flavour punch.
Dessert changes daily and comprises whatever is “fresh out of the baker’s oven”.
It’s BYOB as they don’t have a liquor licence, but they do offer aloe juice, sweet soy milk, green tea and a selection of soft drinks.
It’s hands-on and friendly. A single hostess and her assistant serve all the patrons, but they’re efficient and are quick to get you what you need. The atmosphere is very laid-back and tables top up their own wine when the servers are busy at other tables.
Based out of a residence in Melville, the pop-up’s setting makes you feel very much at home. Enjoy drinks on the veranda before taking your seat in either of the dining rooms. Quirky décor and fun lighting add to the appeal. Booking is essential.
A dinner with friends; something a little different.
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