Soup and beer go down well for R50

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Cafe: Beer­house Ad­dress: 223 Long Street Tele­phone: 021 424 3370 Hours: 11am un­til late, daily Dish Eaten: Chicken, sweet­corn and roast lemon chow­der, gar­lic crou­tons Price: R50 IT’S NOT ev­ery day you see a lunch spe­cial of­fer­ing a bowl of soup and a beer for R50 (see pic­ture), so a midday visit to Long Street’s Beer­house seemed like a good idea.

“Soup and beer, you are go­ing to have soup and beer,” my din­ing part­ner said, turn­ing up her nose. But I wasn’t fazed.

Beer­house is a favourite, of­fer­ing just about ev­ery beer un­der the sun and good pub grub. Their Sun­day roast is one of the best in the CBD, par­tic­u­larly for its of­fer­ing of roast pota­toes and gi­ant York­shire pud­ding (R95).

It was at one of th­ese lazy post-Mass out­ings that I dis­cov­ered their R50 week­day lunch spe­cial.

“Give us R50 and we will give you:...”, an­nounced a ta­ble ad­vert.

On Mon­day, for R50 I was served a chicken, sweet­corn and roast lemon chow­der with gar­lic crou­tons with an Apollo Blonde (I could have opted for an Ever­son’s cider or a cooldrink but that would not be ap­pro­pri­ate at Beer­house).

My friend had the same beer and onion rings. They were quite large and served with a freshly-chopped chilli condi­ment The beer was light and re­fresh­ing, perfect for a sip on a sun-lit bal­cony on Long Street.

As for my soup, it paired well and the lemon worked out well as an in­gre­di­ent in the chunky mix.

I do wish I had popped in on Thurs­day; the R50 spe­cial menu of­fered Moroc­can lamb tagine, apri­cots, al­mond and mint. Then again, I’m not sure how it will pair with a light beer like the Apollo Blonde. Per­haps Beer­house should con­sider a few other beer op­tions for the spe­cial.

The R50 spe­cial has dif­fer­ent meals ev­ery week.

Also worth not­ing is the Ever­son’s hot cider, to which you can add rum.

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