Andrea Burgener, who owned and ran Superbonbon in Auckland Park and then Deluxe at 44 Stanley, has opened The Leopard on 4th Ave Parkhurst, so adding to the choice of upmarket pavement restaurants in this eating-out destination. Her quirky style and superb food make The Leopard a ‘must-visit’. I went there for lunch last week and as always, Andrea’s menu offers unusual fare and when the dishes arrive they are as delicious and subtle as the mouth-watering descriptions suggest. We had a roasted beetroot, chickpea, and feta salad with a sweet mustard vinaigrette – visually sensual with the chick peas soaking up the pink of the beetroot, and a superb Caesar salad with a hint of chilli. Breakfast fare includes dishes like Pistachio-rolled labneh with star-anise poached pears , pannekoek with klipdrift cherries and cream, and basil mushrooms on toast. Decor is typically Andrea, with great swathes of coloured cloth for napkins, hanging lights of different styles, and kids stickers in rectangular shapes on the walls. It’s bright, fresh, airy and the food is to die for. Breakfast is served from 10 to 5 and lunch from 12 to 3. Closed on Sundays and as yet no licence (so bring your own) and no credit cards (there’s an ATM next door). Really worth a visit. For more on The Leopard see http://www.timeslive.co.za/food/2011/10/31/andrea-burgener-re-enters-the-food-fray-with-the-leopard-in-parkhurst
For those not familiar with Joburg and the Parks region, Parkhurst is the next suburb to the south of Craighall Park and Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse is a 5 minute drive from 4th Ave Parkhurst.