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Where Joburg­ers need to eat

There are many Capeto­ni­ans who wor­ship at the shrine of Hemel­huijs, the ul­tra-chic eatery at the top of Waterkant Street in the city bowl. Of a morn­ing, you’ll spot in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors vy­ing for a ta­ble there, along with trendy mag­a­zine ed­i­tors and ladies who brunch.

They’ve all con­verged in the hope of grab­bing a freshly squeezed cu­cum­ber, melon and pas­sion-fruit juice, and per­haps an over­sized bowl of soft mealie pap served with lo­cal honey and salted but­ter. They sit amid the botan­i­cal prints and gin­ger jars and are gen­er­ally hap­pier for it.

The good news for Joburg­ers is that they can now hope for a bit of this magic on their own home turf. Hemel­huijs has teamed up with

Hyde Park Cor­ner’s pop­u­lar Asian restau­rant, So Yum, to cre­ate a col­lab­o­ra­tive shared restau­rant space. So Yum re­cently moved to the area that Life Grand Café used to take up (Hyde Park reg­u­lars, you know the spot) and now the two brands are putting on a grand show there, to­gether.

You can get the full Hemel­huijs break­fast treat­ment ev­ery morn­ing, and So Yum’s Asian of­fer­ings for break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

We had what has got to be a stiff con­tender for Joburg’s best poached eggs and hol­landaise — served with roasted ar­ti­choke, mos­bol­letjie bread and a side of per­fectly cooked ba­con. We also sam­pled the potato rösti with eggs, and, be­cause we were on a roll, an Asian savoury rice pud­ding of sorts too. The lat­ter gets served with a host of condi­ments and egg. It’s dif­fer­ent to but no less de­li­cious than Hemel­huijs’s clas­sic Cape farm­house-style op­tions.

We’re pre­dict­ing that this is set to be Joburg’s next “must be seen eat­ing at” break­fast spot.

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