I found this quaint little restaurant called “The Whippet” in the old “Boere Houghton” better known today, as the leafy suburb of Linden. It has a rustic look with wooden tables and benches, as well as energy saving light bulbs in glass jars. This made me feel like I was sitting in Cape Town’s Observatory or Tamboerskloof suburbs.We arrived 12h30 and the restaurant was very busy and full. The friendly staff informed us that it would be at least a 30 to 40 minute wait. I then took this time to study their menu. I liked the little note on the front of the menu which communicates the restaurant’s approach or philosophy about their ingredients and their services.
Once at the table I ordered a Mediterranean tabouleh, which consisted of lentils, butter beans, chickpeas, roasted corn, feta, baby tomatoes, almonds, mint, olive oil with balsamic vinegar and couscous. Yes, it sounds delicious. It was a nice enough salad, as you can see in the picture below. I did not like the amount of lettuce used, with all the ingredients already in it, I don’t feel this bulky lettuce was needed, just to make the bowl look fuller. The salad dressing was also a bit of a non-event. A perfect salad is always complimented with a tasty dressing that adds to the whole eating experience, which unfortunately, this salad lacked.
Other dishes ordered by my friends included Parmesan Chicken, which consisted of crispy parmesan chicken breast with balsamic tomatoes and fresh crispy greens. The Whippet burger was made of a homemade beef patty with a mozzarella centre, served with sweet potato fries. The quiche of the day was tomato and basil.
The Whippet Burger – R58
Homemade beef patty with mozzarella centre, served with potato fries
Quiche of the day – R32
Tomato and basil
Parmesan Chicken – R41
Crispy parmesan chicken breast with balsamic tomatoes and fresh crispy greens