29 Oct Karoo ‘sandpit’ a cultural hub of creativity
There’s a new place to play in Pretoria for those who like good art and good food and, if the environment and how it is used is important to you, this is your spot. Diane de Beer checks out the premises, the art and the food.
The meats were all creatively spiced and tasty and the fish, served with a light bearnaise sauce, was delicious. We sampled two of the desserts, including a very cool chocolate mousse, which was decadent and dense, and a pistachio chocolate sweet with a berry sauce that was simply too sweet. The portions are perfect and the service embracing.
We all loved the individuality of the place, the fact that you can view art before or after a meal (even at night, simply ask) and the potential of an already fantastic venue developing further.
“It’s a place where I have the privilege to play,” says the creative owner. And aren’t we lucky that he has invited us to join him?
RESTAURANT: Karoo Cafe ADDRESS: 141 Lynnwood Road, The Willows
BOOKINGS: 012 807 6063
TIMES: Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 9 pm Saturdays 8 am to 6pm and Sundays from 8 am to 3pm.
The restaurant is fully licensed and offers a unique experience in a unique style.
The structure is of materials that would be found in low-cost housing but applied it creatively and that’s what makes this such an exciting and appealing place.
The gallery allows light to stream in not only through the windows, but also the roof. “I didn’t follow any conventions,” he says.
The restaurant has wonderful nooks and crannies, a room for private functions and side panels that can be rolled open, allowing the night sky inside.
Or you can sit outside with water flowing from one of the many fountains.
Inside, the design is casual and contemporary with a flourish of colour included in the ceiling.
During the day, Karoo Cafe serves light meals from breakfast through to lunch and, at night, it’s a more formal meal with a menu of usually two starters, five mains and three to four desserts changing slightly every once in a while.
The space is large and spread out so you can probably linger in most cases as long as you wish and while daytimes are more relaxed, it’s probably wise to book at night. –
Pretoria News article