If you’re already a fan of Coobs in Parkhurst, you’ll certainly be a fan of Chef James Diack’s latest venture, The National Eatery & Speakeasy, in Parktown North. The National opened in October & I managed to get a table at the trendiest spot on my birthday (thanks you guys!). The National describes itself as a Speakeasy, with the bar sitting centrally in the eatery (it really is gorgeous).
My boyfriend & I pretty much fell in love with the Southern Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Never have I tasted more succulent chicken – we even ordered a second portion, it was that good. The deliciousness could have something to do with the whole farm-to-table approach. The fact that these chickens come from Jame’s own farm, Brightside Farm, situated in the Magaliesberg. It could also have something to do with the fact that the chefs in the kitchen know how to cook – they really know how to cook. I guess receiving farm fresh produce also makes all the difference & leads to a whole lot of culinary inspiration.
Smoking is big on the menu, with The National having their own reverse Texan smoker. Think Smoked Pork Belly or the already famous, BBQ Plate. Bourbon Glazed Pulled Pork would also have seen some action in the smoker. But there’s more to The National than just smoked meats, pasta (Wild Boar Ragu with Parpardelle – wowzers), burgers (Grass Fed Beef with Homemade Pickle, Bacon & Halloumi) & an assortment of bowls (Coriander & Chilli Crispy Fried Tofu or Seafood & Chorizo Paella Bake). Have a serious sweet tooth? The National Mud Pie will please – in a big way.
Distressed wooden panels line interior walls & a white wall exterior creates a contemporary space where Joburgers have the same option of dining pavement side, just as in the much loved area of Parkhurst. So if you’ve been appreciating what James & his team have been doing over at Coobs, there’s no doubt that The National will become your new local neighbourhood gem of an eatery.
Corner 4th & 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
011 327 3030 / firstname.lastname@example.org
*Images supplied by The National*