Breakfasts every day of the week, day or night, cocktails and great coffee is what you can expect at new Pablo Eggs Go Bar in Melville, when they open in the near future.
Carolina Rasenti of renowned foodster-haven The Great Eastern Food Bar has partnered with Louis Roux, a barista and mixologist with Israeli food heritage who also happens to be in the band Shadowclub, to create a bar that’s more about concept food than liquor.
“Every meal includes eggs – in a wild variety of clever dishes – and we’ve partnered with Urban Grind for our coffee portfolio,” explains Louis. But you should know it’s serious business: “It’s not a cappuccino sort of place.”
Each astonishingly different egg dish at Pablo Eggs Go Bar will be paired with textured fruit, plant-based juice or a health bowl, and a helluva coffee designed to do justice to the experience. Some of the offerings feature organically flavoured agar-agar bubbles with popping effects; some cheeses appear alongside fruit in bowls. You might want to tuck into a shakshuka pan; grilled parma-asparagus soldiers dipped into panko-crusted soft eggs; or even malawa, the savoury crepes from Yemen. A coffee matched to your dish could be something like a dirty espresso with spiced hot milk and layers of one or two shots of espresso.
There will also be a take-out menu for people on the way to work, or those who want to order ahead or pick up en route. For lunch, the owners will serve variations on cubanos, the toasted baguettes filled with goodies made famous in 2014’s foodie film Chef.
End-of-week evenings at Pablo Eggs Go Bar will mean breakfast for dinner, with cocktails like Bloody Mary variations, a whole menu of Bellinis, and even electrolyte drinks for people who’ve overdone it somewhere else. There’ll be bluesy music, some art projections and, according to Louis, “that old Fontana-in-Hillbrow feeling of being able to order a fat brek in the small hours.”
Its location adds much to the experience. This very edgy Melville block already houses La Santa Muerte and Hell’s Kitchen, plus one of Joburg’s most respected tattoo parlours, and Gwynn Conlyn’s and Sue Russel’s vintage fashion store, The Stuff We Love. Pablo Eggs Go Bar has grabbed the location of the former corner shop from the 1890s and retained its protected heritage features while adding a humorous take on art deco – albeit a “diamond in the rough version” – with marble finishes.
We trust they have an army of those eggy soldiers ready for us.
10 March: this article has been edited to show that Pablo Eggs Go Bari is not yet open. Stay tuned for updates.