Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down: Big Thumbs Up!
Price Range: Avg. Price per meal R 120
Type: Pop-up Restaurant/ Eatery
Crowd: Those in the know in the inner city/ hipsterish
Day Of the Week: Thursday
Time: 19:00 pm
Address: 33 Long Street, CBD
What an awesome concept and experience to match!
The idea of pop-up eatery’s is perhaps not yet as commonplace in South Africa as it is elsewhere across the globe, but this concept has allowed for the eatery that is The Flying Boar on Long street. It is really such a pity that this eatery cannot live on past its last service which is to be on Saturday the 3rd of May 2014. If you have not yet got around to having a burger here, try your best to make it there this week or risk missing out on a truly magical meal.
Every restaurant tries to create its own brand, but imagine trying to do this when you have your premises for only a month or two. You need to set-up, draw the crowds, be able to keep them and repeat for your short but sweet existence – its either this or debt and a headache. This cannot be easily done, but I am very pleased to say that The Flying Boar has achieved this and in the process put some regular establishments to shame along the way.
Tucked away at the bottom of Long Street you will find this narrow little restaurant which with a couple clever touches, including a mass of low hanging fairy lights has managed to create a warm, rustic, bohemian but very considered environment. Tiled white walls hold the drinks menu which has simply been scribed with a permanent marker. Looking for a fancy menu? Expect nothing more than an A5 flyer with a list of 6 items, all differing burger variations. You make think what simplicity, but in fact it is the simplicity which is so on brand and creates this rustic but warm experience.
So, enough has been said about the location, decor and brand but now to the important stuff, the food!
- Burger patty’s cooked to absolute perfection so that the beef has a flavour profile which it brings to the meal and is not simply a protein among burger toppings? Check!
- Burger toppings with a bit of a twist in what seemed like dehydrated/ oven baked pancetta as opposed to simply fried bacon? Check!
- A truffle aioli infused mayonnaise as a dip for some thinly cut potato chips? Check!
- Clever burger combinations to suit all tastes? Check!
I think my view on this little spot is very clear, so all you have to do to share the same experience is pay it a visit before it closes on Saturday the 3rd of May 2014. If you have not yet got a spot, bookings can be made for 6 or more if I am not mistaken, otherwise it is a first come, first serve basis for walk-ins.
Well done to all involved in this concept and hopefully we will see more from them sooner than later!