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DJs Kenzhero and Bradley Williams, the creative geniuses behind the eatery, bar and gallery, have created a space that perfectly brings together the things that we all love most about the inner city: food, drinks and art.
It doesn’t get more proudly South African than a small plate of beef tongue parcels – a lip-smacking combination of mature cheddar and braised tongue in a tortilla and fire grilled tomato soup and atchar. If you want to go easy before going for a hearty main meal, then try the fire-grilled tomato soup served with naan and herb butter. Bowls are light, yet satisfying. For a main dish filled with veggie goodness, try a vegetarian bowl of falafel, lentils, broccoli, tomato, smoked onion and tahini or the creative combination of halloumi (or mushrooms), eggplant, mange tout, quinoa, onion flakes and coriander. The Artivist free range burger – in an activated charcoal brioche served with butterbean chakalaka and baby spinach – is highly recommended. It comes with chips. For shisa nyama-lovers, the nyama choma main of fire-grilled Karoo lamb, beef wors, pap and tomato relish is a juicy, smoky, tasty option. Pulled skop – served with dombolo and sous vide beetroot – is the most delicious, beautifully seasoned and tender sheep’s head you’ll ever have. Dessert options are still limited as the new menu is being revised and extended, but the poached guava (served with cream or ice cream) or dark chocolate brownie with Madagascan vanilla ice cream are winners.
Don’t leave without trying the coffee + tonic cocktail, a heady combination of Bombay sapphire, elderflower tonic, and craft cold brew coffee. Definitely a place for any day of the week (including celebrations), there’s Veuve Clicquot, GH Mumm and Moet selections available by the bottle, and AA Badenhorst Papegaai chenin palamino blend, Leopard’s Leap and Khoi Klaas available by the glass.
Welcoming, calm and genuinely friendly staff make you feel at home – instantly.
The large glass façade is great for a proper view of the bustling Reserve Street, and the decor is modern and minimalistic. Think leather, wood, steel detail set in a the pared-back and refined concrete walls-and-floor setting. Music is on par with the food, décor and service: without flaw. It’s sultry and soulful when necessary and convivial and contagiously joyful occasion requires. This is all to be expected, given the owners’ reputation. In addition to the exhibitions and installations that are put on in the gallery upstairs, there are beautiful artworks to enjoy on the restaurant level in the
Best for... entertaining and social eating out with friends and/or family, plus there’s a venue for hire downstairs.
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