Pulp Fiction – bringing diner vibes to Melville

Iconic Mia pic dominates the bar and restaurant

Iconic Mia pic dominates the bar and restaurant

I’ve been reading mixed reviews about Pulp Fiction, Melville’s latest restaurant and have been dying to try it to make up my own mind. Last week, my supper club tried it out (thanks, Lis), and I’m not sorry. It’s wonderful!

I'm a sucker for the Joburg skyline

I’m a sucker for the Joburg skyline

Pulp Fiction, true to its movie namesake, has captured the essence of the American diner with some booths, a jukebox, records on the walls, but it does so with an elegance that you wouldn’t find in a cheap diner. And while we’re at it, the food is not cheap. But I think all 5 of us agreed that the whole experience was outstanding.

Bad Motherfucker Burger

Bad Motherfucker Burger

Chick Inception

Chick Inception

I chose the Bad Mutherfucker burger, sans bun and chips, and opted for the veggies instead. This is served with blue cheese, chilli relish, bacon jam and avo. Yum! The attention to detail in the presentation of all the meals is really fantastic – and we all know that food is much more appetising when it looks good.

Duckwork Orange

Duckwork Orange

The menu runs with the Pulp Fiction theme, but don’t let the quirky names deceive you – the food is sophisticated and delicious. Lisa has been looking for a good duck since returning to Joburg ten years ago, and she claims she has finally found it.

Lock, Stock and Smoking Salmon

Lock, Stock and Smoking Salmon

We went on a Thursday night, and it wasn’t particularly busy, but there was a lovely feel to the place. We sat near the little gas fire which was warming on a cold winter’s night. There were people at the bar and another few tables came and went while we discussed finances, how Karen, Feroza and I will be travelling next month ad visiting our lovely missing Tina in London, the state of our lives…

Booth occupants

Booth occupants

We were so busy chatting that nobody got time to pop money in the jukebox, but the atmosphere was festive enough. The music did get a little loud at one point, but the very attentive waiter made sure that we were comfortable. That’s what I’m loving about Pulp Fiction – I’ve seen a couple of online complaints, and from what I can see, the proprietors of this restaurant are very quick to respond to constructive criticism – they are learning and they are prepared to fix things they do wrong. (If you want to see all the whinging and raving about Joburg restaurants, check out the Jozi Restaurants, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jozieats/?fref=ts)

Chefs

Chefs with visitors

Leigh and Lisa opted for dessert, which certainly didn’t disappoint them, and I felt happy just looking at them. I opted for coffee (yes, I’m serious about the Banting, and there was nothing on the menu which would have done) but they were delighted with their choices. The Dropped Meringue consisted of homemade Limoncello (which I will definitely have in Italy in a few weeks), chards of meringue, lemon curd, vanilla ice cream, fresh raspberries and chocolate shavings, and the Fun Fair had baby candied apples, cookie dough, candy floss, popcorn and peanut praline and fudge ice cream. Here’s what they looked like and why it made my heart soar:

Dropped meringue

Dropped meringue

The Fun Fair

The Fun Fair

I might have mentioned this before, but I’m just loving the revival of Melville. There are a number of very good restaurants in this charming suburb and if we all support them, instead of paying good money to the crappy chain restaurants that serve awful food and which are not cheap (not if you add up doctor’s bills, pectrolyte, the cost to restore your faith in humanity and repairs to your soul after visiting them), we will see more owner-run businesses doing well, which means our local economy will boom, and we will all be happier. Don’t just assume that other people’s opinions of these places are gospel – try them out for yourself. You will probably be pleasantly surprised.

Art by Tiaan van Tonder - wonderful images of Joburg interestingly edited.

Art by Tiaan van Tonder – wonderful images of Joburg interestingly edited.

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