Bare ne­ces­si­ties

The Naked Kitchen com­bines ca­sual cof­fee vibes with gourmet food and hip drinks, writes Yolisa Mkele

The Times (South Africa) - - Gatherer -

Find­ing a good cof­fice can be sur­pris­ingly tricky busi­ness. You need to find some­where quiet enough to ac­tu­ally get some work done that’s still trendy enough for peo­ple to be qui­etly im­pressed at how you spend your days.

The food needs to be gourmet with­out be­ing too pre­ten­tious and the drinks menu needs to of­fer more than just a se­lec­tion of ar­ti­sanal beers when you want some­thing a lit­tle stronger. The Naked Kitchen ticks all of these boxes.

Tucked away in Morn­ing­side, Jo­han­nes­burg, the Naked Kitchen com­bines up­mar­ket ca­sual cof­fee vibes with deli-style food and a drinks menu that’s sure to send a shiver of smug glee up the spines of the Bryanston set.

The dé­cor is clean and Euro­pean, mix­ing wood, mar­ble and tiles in a way that bring the word Scan­di­na­vian to mind.

In a de­par­ture from the norm one or­ders from an ever-chang­ing deli counter that of­fers a range of foods that look and taste as fresh as some­thing a poet would say about a dewy spring morn­ing. The res­tau­rant also boasts a strong fo­cus on cof­fee.

Ac­cord­ing to own­ers Shaun Els and Vic­tor Barbosa, this mix­ture of ele­ments and the man­ner in which they man­i­fest them­selves was in­spired by their trav­els and a de­sire to bring the gourmet deli trend to South Africa.

“A love for cof­fee, paired with an acute at­ten­tion to qual­ity, was the driv­ing force that led us to be­gin this jour­ney, which drove us to open Naked Cof­fee,” said Barbosa.

One of the Naked Kitchen’s best qual­i­ties is that it is highly In­sta­grammable. Walk­ing in, one im­me­di­ately gets the itch to post what you’re eat­ing, drink­ing and where you are. It is pho­to­genic and in this day and age that is just as im­por­tant as hav­ing de­li­cious food.

● For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 011-326-6688

Foods that look and taste as fresh as some­thing a poet would say about a dewy spring morn­ing

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