With summer in full swing, why would you want to spend your time away from…
There’s a new restaurant on the block and it’s got locals, foodies and trend seekers buzzing.
One of the latest additions to the Linden food scene, Van der Linde restaurant offers patrons more than just your usual restaurant setting. The venue has 4 components; a bakery and deli, gin and juice bar, eatery and wine shop. Another quirky feature is the bonsai studio, visitors can, with a full tummy, learn how to clean, prune, wire and then style their very own bonsai. What does this have to do with food you may ask? When we figure out the answer to that question we’ll let you know. Although, it definitely serves as a drawcard for the hipster crowd that are a little more spiritually inclined, because that’s a thing nowadays.
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Upon entering the restaurant, you are met with beautiful décor that perfectly combines a European feel with traditional African elements in an Afro-fusion style that works effortlessly well. Every inch of the space is a perfect Instagram photo waiting to be posted from the freshly made fettuccini hanging in the kitchen to the contemporary art pieces adorning the wall. The atmosphere is inviting, to say the least.
The menu was aligned perfectly with the impression that the décor and atmosphere provided. Minimalistic, stylish and with that unique flair that the restaurant portrayed so well. Every item on offer sounded absolutely scrumptious from the parmesan crusted chicken burger to the roasted beetroot flatbread and the fillet steak. The simplicity and attention to detail really was impressive. With all the incredible options to choose from, I settled for the roasted cauliflower and parmesan salad with sweet potato, butter beans and a chill, flat leaf parsley dressing. It was plated with style and was yum on so many levels.
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The food, décor and ambience were all on point, the service though…oh dear, it left something to be desired. It was achingly slow, which for the price point- similar to what you would pay at marble- was unacceptable.
All in all, it was a pleasant experience.
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P.S. Van der Linde will definitely need to iron out their service kinks before I return again in a hurry.
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