Birdhaven is a somewhat illusive suburb, consisting of only 2 blocks, nestled between Melrose and Birnam. Yes, it is small, but it certainly packs a punch, and as I discovered, one can easily spend an entire morning in the leafy area. I am a fan of parking my car and exploring on foot, the opportunities for which are limited in Jozi. In Birdhaven, I did exactly that.
Go on a Saturday and start with a lazy breakfast at Voodoo Lily Café (64 St Andrew Street, Birdhaven,) a warm, friendly eatery with a focus on organic and sustainable food, as well as being kind to the environment (you won’t find any plastic takeaway containers here.) The light, airy space is beautifully designed and unpretentious; kids and pets are welcome- dogs even have their own menu!
Owner, Beth Cameron, wanted to open a community style café with a Cape Town “home away from home” feel, combined with a vision to uplift local suppliers. The result is fantastic- we sat on the sunny sidewalk and enjoyed the most delicious breakfast and Bean There coffee. Try the Shakshuka, R69, free range eggs poached in a spicy pepper and tomato salsa topped with feta and served with homemade pita bread or the Eggs Benedict, R79, on homemade English muffins with crispy bacon and hollandaise sauce.
I was quite taken by the “Bant Appetit Menu”, in response to the huge trend that is Tim Noakes’ low carb, high fat diet, that I happen to be trying out at the moment. I’ve been struggling with restaurant options that cater to the requirements of the diet, so this has been an absolute gem of a find. Next time I visit, I plan to try the Pemba Bay kob, grilled and served with cauliflower mash and seasonal greens, R135.
There’s free wifi and the space is sunny, bright and inviting- I’ll definitely be back and plan to use it as a “coffice” when I’m unemployed.