I don’t usually feel like a celebrity, but when the former private chef of Johnny Depp invites you for a lunch, there’s no escaping that feeling of exclusivity. I visited the Larder last Friday, and was joined by owner Sonja at this very unique place. I always look for character in a restaurant, and Sonja has definitely made this her own.
The Larder breathes a feeling of invited coziness and its quaint interior gives you a hint of creativity and quirkiness. Little lamps made with cheese graters and decorations made of coffee filters light up the place beautifully. Sonja has a very straightforward approach with her food. She designs healthy, organic dishes with a homemade feel. Weekly changing specials and specific themed night suppers are no surprise here. It felt like stepping into my mothers kitchen.
What did we try? I had a spicy roasted red pepper and smoked paprika soup, topped with toasted seeds. It does give you quite a nice kick (the good kind) because of the chili, and I cooled it down after with her homemade flatbread topped with guacamole, chorizo and feta. There is a clear attention to good produce at the Larder, which was proven by the butter chicken curry I tried as well. Everything felt so fresh and healthy! With a whole range of sweetness on offer, the brownie was the highlight of the lunch, since I haven’t been so lovestruck on a dessert like that in a while. What a treat!
While the stiff Southern Suburbs might have to get used to the quirky liveliness of Sonja and her cafe, one might secretly hope that there is a space in Woodstock for the next Larder to settle down. This is a cafe that oozes a true passion for creativity and food, and its unique approach would provide a welcome addition to Cape Town’s central areas.
More exciting are the newly initiated supper club nights, where the Larder serves you a whole roast chicken at your table to carve, or you can feast on special curry nights during the week. I’m already gathering a group as we speak, and am looking forward to returning to the Larder Cafe very soon 🙂
Visit the Larder’s website, here
Photos: Mark Wijsman (Dineguy)