Per­fect choice for mil­len­ni­als

Saturday Star - - EATING IN & OUT - LE­BO­HANG MOSIA

WITH the soar­ing num­ber of cof­fee shops open­ing in Joburg, you sel­dom have to ven­ture far for your hourly fix of caf­feinated bev­er­ages. You can have your pick of bou­tique, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated cafés and cof­fee shops that pride them­selves on crafts­man­ship, and have never and will never serve fake whipped cream on their cap­puc­ci­nos.

The Naked Kitchen and Cof­fee Bar is a gourmet deli and cof­fee shop in Morn­ing­side, and the brain­child of Shaun Els and Vic­tor Bar­bosa – the pair be­hind the for­mer Naked Cof­fee in Mel­rose Arch. This comfy, ca­sual, cool and con­tem­po­rary cof­fee of­fice makes food that’s so good, you can lit­er­ally taste its in­tegrity.

Mil­len­ni­als are the most fre­quent cus­tomers at this up­mar­ket es­tab­lish­ment as the Naked Kitchen ap­peals to sev­eral scru­ples this gen­er­a­tion shares and re­fuses to com­pro­mise on, such as a menu with va­ri­ety, con­ve­nience, the abil­ity to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent food without need­ing culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence, qual­ity, fresh­ness, an ap­pro­pri­ate fo­cus on cof­fee – and, of course, food lov­ingly and re­spect­fully pre­pared from care­fully sourced in­gre­di­ents.

It is un­de­ni­ably one of those cof­fee shops quiet enough to get some work done and still trendy enough for peo­ple to be im­pressed at how you spend your work days. The decor is clean, fus­ing wood, jade green mar­ble and white gloss sub­way tiles. One of the Naked Kitchen’s finest traits is that it’s in­cred­i­bly pho­to­genic and In­sta­grammable. The mo­ment you walk in, you’re im­me­di­ately com­pelled by the so­cial me­dia gods to post what you’re eat­ing and drink­ing.

Their menu is com­prised of an ever-chang­ing as­sort­ment of of­fer­ings in proper del­i­catessen style. Their sen­sa­tional spe­cial­ity is the chef ’s choice pasta of the day. A very at­ten­tive and ac­com­mo­dat­ing wait­ress, Rachel Ma­bele, served me a gen­er­ous por­tion of chicken and wild mush­room pasta with a beau­ti­ful, aro­matic creamy sauce. ● You’ll find the Naked Kitchen and Cof­fee Bar near the Wool­worths en­trance at Morn­ing­side Shop­ping Mall.

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