In our latest Restaurant Review we feature Voodoo Lily Café
Voodoo Lily Café has always been a great spot for healthy, conscientious dining. We recently visited again to review this much-loved restaurant, check out the new look and enjoy dishes from the new lunch menu. I already cannot wait to return to try out the new breakfast menu. The updated dinner menu is on its way. Remember to enter our competition – found at the bottom of the article.
Be sure to read all the way to the bottom and enter the competition to win a dining experience for two at Voodoo Lily Café in Birdhaven, to the value of R500 plus a bottle of wine.
1. New Look
The new look Voodoo Lily Café features eye-catching artwork, especially in the form of dominating feature mosaics. The appealing naked brickwork is nicely offset by the great bursts of colour from these mosaics. We love the new look, and definitely get that New York café vibe they were going for. The music is excellent – not surprising considering the new owner is Larry Hodes, who also owns Arbour Café and Calexico (formerly, Stanley Beer Yard), where great music is guaranteed!
2. New Menu
Voodoo Lily’s new menu comes care of hip, young chef Josh Simon. A well-travelled lover of food, Chef Josh brings with him a wide range of culinary influences, from Italy to Israel, Mexico to New York. The result is a fascinating menu that will keep you returning again and again so you can try everything on offer. Shakshuka and tacos, latkes and curry, pasta and trendy hot brisket on rye. I can’t wait to return to have latkes and more especially, the much talked about shakshuka.
3. Same Ethos
Though the Voodoo Lily Café look and menu has been updated, fans of the original need not worry. The same ethos is being upheld. What made them popular in the past is still applicable. Dog friendly? Absolutely. When we were there, a number of people were enjoying lunch while their furkids were lapping up bowls of water, and dishes from their very own menu options. They also still take special dietary requirements very seriously and menu items are marked as gluten free, vegan or vegetarian, banting, and such, where applicable. Quality still remains front and centre, and fresh, delicious ingredients are a given.
I felt both a thrill of excitement and also slight apprehension when I heard that the menu was being overhauled. A quick look upon arrival confirmed great things were in-store, as I quite enjoy finding new, unique things to order at restaurants. And after I had already ordered, Chef Josh came to chat to us and insisted we try one of his signature dishes, the Gnocchi Broccolini. It’s not something I would have considered ordering, but we were happy to try the chef’s suggestion. It came as the biggest surprise that the dish he recommended won hands-down for me as the best dish of the day. Wonderfully fresh and flavourful, with an incredibly rich taste, it is an absolute winter winner. Generally, it was difficult to find anything amiss with what we had ordered. The Hot Brisket on Rye lived up to my hopeful expectations, and I even ate a large bit of Travel Gigolo‘s Chicken Curry, a special on the day (not currently standard on the menu). The Greek Salad pleased us immensely, not being drowned in dressing and arriving fresh, colourful and tasty.
It is my intent to return as soon as possible to enjoy items from the breakfast menu. I am roping in some girlfriends for the adventure. I’m interested to see what the dinner menu will offer.
And as previously mentioned, the music is just killer! You could while away many hours there, basically, and enjoy it immensely.
5. Competition Time!
Now’s your chance to enjoy the new menu and vibe at Voodoo Lily Café. One lucky reader stands a chance to win dining for two, to the value of R500, plus a bottle of wine.
What do you need to do? Tell us, in the comments below, which delicious new Voodoo Lily Café menu (click the link to be redirected to their menu) item you’re most looking forward to tasting! The ‘gnocchi brocollini’ is a surprise winner, but I can’t wait to go back for ‘shakshuka’. Remember to leave your email address, and if possible, your Twitter/Insta handle, so we can get in touch and announce on our platforms.
SPECIAL REQUEST: If you happen to be the lucky winner, please remember to still tip your waiter even if the meal is partially/fully covered.
Ts & Cs
The competition is open from Monday, 29 July (upon publication of this feature) until midnight on Sunday, 4 August 2019.
The winner will be selected by an online random generator.
The winner will be announced via social media on Monday, 5 August before 5pm.
The prize is not transferable for cash and is only valid at Voodoo Lily Café (Birdhaven).
Only entries that tick all the boxes will be considered.
Please do not enter the competition if you are situated in New Delhi, for example, and have no intention of being in Johannesburg, South Africa anytime soon.