Lazy lunch at La Boqueria

La Boqueria is a trendy spot where street food sits down at the table with friends for a stylish catch-up.

A birthday feast

Well, sort of. La Boqueria is slightly out of my price range, but it’s not every day that one celebrates a birthday.

I decided to go all out and order whatever I liked with complete disregard to the price, and so the most gorgeous dish was set before me: Chimichurri lamb picanha. Sherry, cumin and paprika marinated lamb rump skewer. Coal grilled on our parilla and served with fresh chimichurri. Roasted red baby onions, fresh mint, pomegranates and whipped feta.

The portion size isn’t too bad. I could’ve done with a side, but didn’t feel like I was still hungry. I could’ve comfortably enjoyed dessert, but non of the desserts on the menu tickled my fancy. With the exception of one item, all the desserts had some form of alcohol as an ingredient, which isn’t a problem for me, but it severely limits the options for those who do not consume alcohol.

The vibe

With its high ceiling, as well as outdoor and upstairs seating, La Boqueria is spacious and light.

It seems to have been a very popular spot for company year-end functions. I can see that it could be buzzing with a significant waiting time over weekends if you don’t make a booking.

The Taco Tuesday menu is reasonable (R30 for a margarita? Yes please!) and the service is good.

That said, I’m not sure I’ll rush back anytime soon. But I have been curious about the place since it opened last year, and I’m glad I went.

Find La Boqueria on Instagram, or at 17 3rd Avenue, Parktown North.

Pics by Nafisa

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