I love Sea Point, and not just because it’s my ‘hood. There is the hustle and bustle of Main Road, the video shops, Chinese take-outs, the odd risqué night club and R5 stores and in the heart of all this, one of my favourite restaurants, La Boheme. Now the owners, Faisal Khakoo, and his partner, Anna Rasclosa, have opened Engruna Eatery and if La Boheme’s success is anything to go by, the trendy Engruna will be no different.
In short, this is where to go for gourmet wood-fired pizzas and homemade burgers. The burgers are served with homemade potato or sweet potato chips and for an extra R20 there’s the option of truffle and parmesan chips. True to nature I went for the truffle and parmesan chips and it almost brought me to tears of joy. Equally delicious was my chorizo burger with a grilled beef patty, Emmenthal and homemade relish. And before the vegetarians have a heart attack, you have been catered for – there are a field mushroom burger and a mighty vegan burger with a lentil and kidney bean patty, avo and homemade relish. The gluten intolerant can relax too. You can order your roll gluten-free. From the good old classic burger to the seriously gourmet burger stacked with all kinds of deliciousness, there is something for every taste.
My friend Gem. She digs it too.
The eatery’s gourmet pizza selection is just that – gourmet. Think thin, crisp bases and fresh and flavoursome toppings. The slow-braised lamb shank, mange tout, fresh basil, poached pear and garlic-roasted crème fraîche pizza (I kid you not) seriously flirted with me and I’ll obvs have to go back for it.
All this goes down well (so I hear) with one of Engruna’s craft beers, the bottled and draught varieties are available, or perhaps a glass of wine – if you manage to resist the seriously mean milkshakes on the menu.
I love that Engruna is understated and laid-back. It’s the place to go for good honest food, generous stacked burgers and really impressive pizza. The décor is simple, comfortable and puts the focus where it should be, on the food. Go if you’re hungry, and leave your diet at home. Engruna does mean ‘crumbs’ and that’s all that will be left on your plate. Take it from me, I’ve been there!
343 Main Road
Sea Point, Cape Town
Call 021 433 0789 to book and do follow them on Twitter @engrunaeatery; they definitely keep you in the loop.
Photographs: Cindy Taylor