Being a blogger means you need to be up to date and go to newly opened places, right? Well technically yes. But sometimes I run behind. Going to The Grove Green Café was one of those times and I really wished I gone in when the café first opened. Quite simply because I’ve missed out on so much delicious food, food that’s good for you and out of this world in terms of flavour. Got any cleaning eating/ gym bunny/ banting/ paleo/ vegan/ allergy and intolerance riddled or just generally difficult to please friends, when it comes to eating out? Take them here.
Think I’m kidding? I’ve visited The Grove Green Café three times in three weeks and every time I order the same salad because it’s completely addictive. I’ve picked up this salad as a take away for friends and family because I’m that obsessed with it. I want every person I know and love to try this stuff. I took two friends to lunch and the three of us sat trying to analyse every flavour, ingredient and texture. Owner and chef Bradley Nash-Jones knows his stuff.
The Green Grove Cafe is a welcome addition to Parktown’s North’s thriving food scene. Among dappled sunlight of the 15 on 7th centre, the cafe’s emphasis is on high protein, no carbs and no sugar using high quality ingredients for busy people who are health and fitness conscious. “I opened the café because I had no where healthy to eat when i was on the road or after gym.”, says Nash-Jones.
The Quinoa Veggie Salad is the one I rave about. It sounds simple enough; basics like tomato and cucumber, baked butternut and sweet potato with marinated beetroot and a delicious vinaigrette. The thing is, we’ve all had the beetroot and butternut combo. It’s become pretty standard on menus. What struck me is that this salad makes the combo taste interesting again, which is no mean feat.
On the seasonal menu is a sweet potato and leek soup with a beautiful texture and taste- heart warming and filling but not heavy. Between mains and dessert there was a fresh Cold and Flu juice, with orange, carrot and ginger, for the flu-ey friend at the table. I’m a fan of places that make their own fresh juices.
And dessert! We tried the quinoa flapjacks from the breakfast menu. If you think you’re full after one of the generous portions from the lunch or mains menu, you’ll find a gap for these flapjacks. Light and fluffy, they are high protein little babies serves with strawberries, mint and honey. One dessert wasn’t enough though, a surprise was the Dark Chocolate Pecan Brownie Cake that was sent to us! It’s filled with dates, raisins and of course dark chocolate and pecans. Slightly more crumbly in texture than a traditional brownie, it’s rich enough to satisfy any craving.
Zomato and other food review sites have the average cost for two people set at R220, but high quality ingredients are a priority here and portions are generous. Whether you lift or not, you can keep up with The Grove Green Café on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.