To be totally honest with you guys – I hardly EVER eat out. It’ not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I’m one of those irritating people who over-analyse their food before eating it and would rather make it the way I like it. In a way, it saves my friends and family the embarrassment of me interrogating the poor waiter/waitress about the origin of their ingredients, but sometimes I would like to come out of my shell and break my hermit ways. Cue the fresh and wholesome Voodoo Lily Café.
Whether you’re looking for some of the healthiest food in the city or simply want to read your newspaper in peace with a cup of coffee after walking your furry companion, this is just the place. The vibe is relaxed and is ideal for visitors of all ages, young or old. Since it is located in a family-oriented suburb, families will feel right at home – kids can blow off some steam at the park just across the road (complete with a jungle gym) while under the watchful eyes of mom and dad, who can enjoy a café latte or glass of wine in peace. You can take your pick from indoor or outdoor seating, but I prefer sitting outside, enjoying the cool breeze and warm sunshine.
Now onto the main event – the menu! Since I am finicky and exceptionally picky when it comes to my food, I was happy to find that Voodoo Lily Café strives to source the best organic produce possible to ensure the freshest and most wholesome of dishes. One of my absolute favourites on the menu is their Eggs Benedict – two poached eggs and crispy bacon on homemade English muffins, topped with a hollandaise sauce. Yes, it sounds like your run-of-the-mill brekkie, but this was the best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had. Other than delicious breakfasts, they also serve baked goodies from the bakery, sandwiches, salads, burgers, steaks, moreish desserts and even sushi, banting meals and treats for your pooches. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And just so you know, they’ve just introduced a brand-new menu you need to check out. Another must-try is the craft beers, perfect for a hot summer’s day.
And as if that wasn’t enough, I was over the moon to find that inside this charming café there’s a deli that’s stocked with loads of divine goodies from wine, cheese and sugar-free treats to unique gifts, banting items and cold meats. Needless to say, I stocked up on plenty of lovely treats to take home with me.
This has become one of my favourite spots to visit when I feel like dining out. I have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. Their food is always fresh and flavourful, service is always wonderful and the experience always has me coming back for more. Even though the meals can be a little pricey, in my opinion, I believe it is worth every penny.
Tel: 011 442 6965
Address: 64 St Andrew Street, Birdhaven, Johannesburg