Within days of opening their pop-up restaurant on Loop Street in February this year, the three young chefs behind the concept knew they’d struck gold. The concept was simple: serving quality food at realistic prices.
Realising its success, owner-chef John Van Zyl (ex Chefs Warehouse and Thali) decided to open a permanent street-food joint, with his two trusty companions: Stefan Roos (ex Terroir, Thali, Kole and Deeg) and Sage Fell (his partner and a food-lover-turned-chef). It’s called The Melting Pot Cafeteria, and diners can expect the same delectable street food-inspired grub in a friendly and relaxed space.
Three’s a charm
Having worked in two Liam Tomlin-owned restaurants, John comes with loads of experience. And, with Stefan and Sage as his righthand people, the trio have created something that the public are, quite literally, lapping up.
“Our main aim is customer satisfaction,” he says. “As such, we cater to all dietary requirements.” (That’s brave in a city like Cape Town, which has the highest per capita count of vegans and gluten- and sugar-intolerant people in the world!)
Expect the same flavour-packed dishes, fuelled by the chefs’ recent travels. The diverse international-inspired options range from Tom Kha broth and Thai steamed fish, to Chilean oysters, tacos and falafel flatbread. While their popular fried chicken makes a comeback, there’s also affogato and churros if you’re craving something sweet.
No reservations, so get there early.
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