The cultishly cool charcoal cookhouse on Church Street that’s owned and run by the inimitable Ash Heeger is set to close its doors in June. And while we’re disappointed and rather sentimental that one of our favourite eateries in the city is closing after two years in operation, we are beyond excited that Ash plans to reopen later this year with a brand-new concept.
The exciting venture comes with a refined new menu, a remodel of the kitchen and outdoor sections, and a wiser, more discerning chef at the helm, offering up sophisticated and adventurous cooking, with the vibe to match.
As Ash says, “When we started Ash Restaurant two years ago, the menu was intensely meat-driven. While that wasn’t our intention, we can’t deny that it has served us well as we have grown the brand and have established a following in Cape Town. But if I’m honest, and true to my passions, I don’t want to be limited to a ‘steak house’ ideal. I’ve decided to make major menu changes and focus on dishes that inspire me.”
From delicious dishes presented with finesse, locally sourced sustainable ingredients, and wonderful flavours, diners can expect food from the heart. Pairing up with sister Mandy van der Berg, the creative duo is ready to take the restaurant scene by storm (once again).
“This industry is one of pure passion. There’s nothing glamorous about a gruelling 18-hour shift. But I love the freedom of creativity. Not many careers offer that same freedom of expression and open-mindedness,” says Ash.
And, if the original is anything to go by, then it’s sure to be a flaming hit.
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