Laudium features in the latest issue of Getaway magazine and I came by the addresses thanks to four Gauteng gastronomes, whose opinions I hold in high esteem. Here are their reasons behind each recommendation. For the full story and contact details, see the August issue of Getaway.
Photographs by Brandon de Kock
‘As a westerner I rarely have the opportunity to engage with food on a higher level. This space, even though it is just the bare essentials, feels peaceful and serene and the food, though spicy and vibrant, has the sense it is prepared as a kind of spiritual practice.’
Hennie Fisher, Culinary Arts lecturer at University of Pretoria, Consumer Science researcher, restaurant reviewer and occasional food commentator
‘The sweetmeats are always fresh and the Sohn Papri and Gulab Jamun are my favourites but they also have all sorts of burfi and halwa. I usually pick up some rose syrup while I’m there.’
Lientjie Wessels, a cook and artist who is happiest creating new dishes, baking and painting.
Thali is above left and right is Al Amin (entrance on the forecourt of the Caltex garage), another one of Diane’s favourites.
‘I love the intimacy of the venue and the friendliness of the staff, with the chef popping his head out of the kitchen every once in a while, but it is the quality and individuality of the South Indian cooking that has everyone licking their fingers.’
Diane de Beer, art, food and book critic for the Pretoria News and the Independent National art supplement.
‘This is my favourite vegetarian street food and “opposite the Kizmet Store” such a romantic description for a location.’
Sebastian Matroos, a blogger who observes and writes about the intersections between art, food, culture and people. His blog SaVi can be found on Facebook.