Town – Dimsum and Beer Bar
I’m a huge fan of dim sum and had read about the new spot that offers delicious flavour combinations, using fresh and where possible, organic ingredients. The plant-filled space is minimally decorated and Instagram-ready with fast and free wifi, making it the perfect spot for work, a cup of coffee (brewed from Deluxe Coffeeworks) and a light meal during the day.
It was a cold and rainy day when I visited Town Dim Sum and Beer Bar in Newtown. After a weekend full of shooting, it’s safe to say all I wanted to do was gobble down some food and have tasty drink before heading home to cuddle on the couch.
An interesting tidbit that I had to look up is the difference between dim sum and dumplings. Courtesy of Google: Dim Sum, is a style of cuisine, a light meal usually bite-sized and eaten over a long period of time. Dumpling is a particular dish or cuisine of Dim Sum normally wrapped dough with meat/vegetables inside then steamed/boiled/fried.
I had a good chat with Chef Sbu, while he expertly made our yummy dumplings from scratch. He believes that healthy food can be comfort food too and that smaller portions help you to slow down. People don’t always want to sit down and eat a huge meal. Dim sum is the perfect answer to this. I also realised that while eating the food it is something you want to savour, especially their deliciously fresh ginger, garlic and chilli dipping sauce! I literally wanted to drink it. Ok maybe I did a little.
If you’re looking to change up your way of eating and become knowledgeable about where and how your food is sourced, you’ll be glad to know that this is the spot to do it. Town boasts a herb and veggie garden on the premises where they can easily pick the fresh ingredients they need. Some of their local suppliers provide them with free-range, hormone free and grass-fed meat and sustainably sourced fish. It’s important to make these good choices where possible.
We ordered an array of different flavours (suitable for the various palates at the table) including the spinach and cream cheese, salmon; spring onion and cream cheese; pork, fennel and apple (infused with Sxollie Cider). Sadly they did not have the roast butternut and ginger in stock at the time but I will definitely be going back for it. They offer a great selection of beers, local gins, sake cocktails and bubbly but are waiting for their permanent liquor license. Corkage is R50 for a bottle of wine. A little birdy told me that they are looking to add some soups to their menu soon, so look out for that!
Address: Work Shop New Town, Newtown Junction, corner Miriam Makeba & Gwigwi Mrwebi Streets
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