“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own.
Whenever I need a little pick me up, have achieved some monumental task which renders me worthy of something delicious to eat, or have enough money in my bank account (so not all that often), I find myself popping into The Larder bistro in Claremont.
Located in Grove Street, only a stone’s throw away from Cavendish Square shopping mall, this delightful bistro offers an amazing selection of freshly baked treats, wonderful salads, scrumptious sarmies and some of the best coffee I have had in the burbs. (Trust me oh townies, good coffee is not as easy to find in these here parts!)
Whenever I have lunch here, I find myself needing to document the plate in front of me, because it truly is just so darn beautiful and colourful and it just makes me happy.
Today I was craving one of their famous, homemade, free-range sausage rolls, but alas I arrived too late, and all those in the know had already claimed their prize for the day. After much deliberation between the mushroom ragout on toast (creamy, scrumdiddlyumptious, garlicky -heaven) and the falafel board, I decided on the later, and as per usual, I was not disappointed.
Their produce is exceptionally fresh and crunchy, the staff are wonderful, and the setting is pure tranquillity. Grove street is lined with beautiful trees, and on a hot summer’s day, this is the place you want to be. Listening to the bustle of the street around you, but somehow getting lost in its green and cozy splendour.
The playlist is also epic and today as I crunched on my falafels and devoured a very generous serving of homemade tzatziki, my ears were treated to the likes of Leonard Cohen, the Pixies and Iggy Pop. (I momentarily felt a pang of sadness that I did not get tickets for the Pixies at Kirstenbosch, but after that first sip of my flat white, my blues melted away.)
They also allow doggies, which is the best thing ever. I was once there and befriended this adorable puppy, which naturally made my experience even more fantastical. Plus they have good wifi (Yay if you need to work or stalk your crush/ favourite puppy on Instagram).
As of March, the Larder will once again begin their evening supper club – where the owner – Sonja Edridge cooks a wholesome meal for a selected number of guests. The supper club happens on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and includes a roast chicken feast, a curry evening and a burger and pizza night. The specialty nights also include lovely local wines and happy hour specials. I cannot wait to try these out when they begin! Friends who are keen, let a gal know!?
I would recommend this spot to those with a taste for local cuisine and fresh produce, who enjoy service with warmth and genuine conversation. It truly is a hidden gem and one, that when payday arises, I will certainly enjoy again.
Check out their website here : http://www.thelarder.co.za/