#alienadventures: Hungry? Try the Leopard – Andrea Burgener’s new eatery in Jozi

Andrea Burgener and food go together like hot toffee pudding and ice cream – her food is familiar, comforting, unpretentious,  deceptively simple but always with a deliciously decadent (or quirky) twist. For those who have never had the pleasure, Andrea was the founder of the very popular Deluxe restaurant, first in Richmond and then later at 44 Stanely. Many will remember the somewhat unusual dessert menu that had on offer – amongst the other delicious gems – coco pops and milk.

That just sums up her food philosophy: food you want to eat to make you feel good. I know food is supposed to do that but so many restaurants either overcompensate on price, decor or overtly pretentious haute cuisine. Andrea gives you a meal you feel you should be having at home with friends…but is just too complicated to do it yourself, so her restaurants provide that homely environment. The Leopard has stylish mis-matched chairs, and if you look up, stylishly mis-matched light fittings.

But you won’t be concentrating on the decor for long. The food will sweep you away on a sublime journey that will have you licking your lips and scraping and sponging up all the last juices on your plate.

The slideshow below documents my meal, but don’t just take my word for it. Try it for yourself, but you’re going to have to book – such is the popularity and devoted following of Andrea’s loyal followers. The Leopard is only open for lunches, but open on a Friday night (but this can soon change)

The Leopard: (011) 4476012 – cnr 4th and 12th, Parkhurst, JHB

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