Restaurant of the Week: Coobs

Coobs, situated on the corner of 4th Avenue and 14th Street in Parkhurst, is a lively and eclectic bistro. Serving lunch and dinner, this is not your usual contemporary fare. The difference lies in their approach to their menu, of which head chef and owner James Diack has adopted a unique approach. Instead of constructing a menu and then sourcing his ingredients, he prefers to do this the other way around. Dishes are largely based on what gets sent from the farm.

This farm is a place named “Brightside”, to be found at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains in Gauteng. It is owned and operated by the Diack family, who have been its guardians for over 20 years. Around 75% of Coobs’ ingredients come from here, including their pork, lamb and wild boar. What doesn’t come from Brightside is carefully sourced – if it isn’t made on site. Fresh bread is baked every day, and they churn their own ice-cream (including such divine flavours as floral and tiramisu). They even have their own smoker.

A recent meal proves the success of this formula – the food is kept simple, but it is bursting with flavour and goodness. Highly recommended is the lamb tortellini (with pasta hand-made on site, of course), or the duck curry. Desserts are absolutely to die for – the ricotta cheescake with floral ice-cream is a must. Service is efficient without being intrusive. The wine list is carefully selected, including some of South Africa’s best winemakers. Also spotted was the delicious “Purple” Malbec from Château Lagézette (one of our own!), a perfect partner to the delicious sirloin on the current menu.

If you’re looking for good, honest and high-quality food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, Coobs is your answer.

Cnr 4th Avenue and 14th Street, Parkhurst
011 447 0710
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Closed on Mondays.