Inspired by Busboys and Poets based in Washington DC, the owner of Kuhlcher Café opened the restaurant in Maboneng Precinct where he merged his artistic background with great food. At Kuhlcher Café, not only do you get a chance to experience some fine music and art but your palate is given a unique experience of it’s own with their diverse menu.
On the ground level you get The Indi Bar and Stage where guests can enjoy some live music in an intimate space with perhaps a decadent Betty Fox cocktail and some tasty Peri-peri or Sticky Pork Ribs. Then there is The Kitchen and Coffee Bar which is great for breakfast, lunch and intimate dining… look out for their banting breakfast menu if you’re health conscious. A must try is their Poached Egg Parcels – that’s three bacon and cucumber wrapped poached eggs. Doesn’t that just sound absolutely divine? Alternatively you can go the more traditional route with their Kuhlcher Café Breakfast or tantalise your tastebuds with the Smoked Salmon Benedict which is two layers of smoked salmon served with poached eggs and drizzled with hollandaise sauce. And no, you don’t get poached eggs this good anywhere else in the city!
Upstairs is The Creative Stage which is my personal favourite with its wooden floor and cinema/ theatrical build leading out to a balcony sitting area. The Creative Stage is home to some theatrical shows and live acts/ performances. Here you should definitely pair the live performance with either a delicious Dangling Chicken or the popular, and chef’s choice, Berry Duck – that’s seared duck breast in cranberry reduction… my mouth just waters thinking about it.
Upstairs you also get The Book and Gift Store section, here you can feed your literary mind with South African books and buy authentic South African art pieces, gifts as well as wine from South African wine farms. However, the books and artworks are not only limited to just this section, the venue as a whole exhibits art pieces curated by the café and some submitted by artists themselves.
One of the main aims of Kuhlcher Café is to showcase South African talent so even their furniture is locally made and sourced right here in Johannesburg! The café is definitely a long-awaited cultural hub for musicians, artists and food connoisseurs… all seamlessly blended to give you a holistic experience of authentic South African arts and culture, while enjoying diverse international food that appeals to any, if not every, palate. This café is a definite must visit!
By Cleopatra Shava
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