The Village Table
Comfortable, casual and contemporary cool are just some of the words we’d use to describe the trendy, vibey Village Table. Situated inside the Pearls Mall, overlooking the Indian Ocean, this is great service and good food at competitive prices.
The restaurant is owned by well-known and highly regarded restauranteur and business man, Luis Ferreira together with his partners, the Luizinho family who have been in the fruit and vegetable business in KwaZulu-Natal for years with Fruit & Veg City, now Food Lovers Market.
“When we looked at the site and the space we had to work with, we knew exactly what we needed to bring to Umhlanga. Once we had our concept we brought in an interior decorator who sat down with us to decide on the look and feel of the restaurant. Because we had such a privileged position we knew that it would make a beautiful restaurant and we could turn it into something fresh, unusual looking, casual and unpretentious,” says Luis who came out of retirement from the restaurant industry because he knew this was an opportunity he couldn’t miss.
Aiming to bring ‘life experiences from the pantry to your plate’, the Village Table’s menu offer a range of fresh and flavourful dishes that Luis says most South African’s love.
“Our modern menu has breakfast, lunch and dinner offers, all with a mix of continental, Mediterranean and Portuguese touches.”
Think tender grilled chicken breasts topped with roasted butternut, rocket and Danish feta with a yoghurt, lemon and sesame dressing . . . or a piece of grilled salmon with citrus caper butter. Priding themselves on their variety of flavours, the food produced by the qualified team of chefs in the kitchen appeals to a broad market, and there is a wide selection of sauces, allowing the patron to mix and match different flavours.
The freshness and flavour of the food can be are derived from the fact that only the freshest ingredients are found in their pantry, most of which is sourced from Food Lovers Market, their next door neighbour at the mall.
“The beauty of our pantry is that it is always fresh. We have the advantage of not needing to hold a lot of stock because Food Lovers Market is our pantry!”
Taking into consideration the financial pressures on consumers, Luis and his team have made sure that they use their buying power as a group to keep their menu as cost effective as possible and pass the benefits onto their consumers.
The look and feel of the Village table gives it a casual, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with and a ‘toned down’ atrium giving it a conservatory feel. With the help of Shelley Street from Space Solutions in Cape Town, the team worked with the large space, using large planters with beautiful bushes to offer privacy to diners while adding to the ‘chilled’ atmosphere. The eatery boasts glittering glass-like tiles of tropical floral prints which extend behind the cocktail bar, complimenting the monochrome tiles, and further enhancing the greenery. Large, round lights hang from the ceiling while and the comfortable outdoor sofas are perfect for a relaxed afternoon cocktail while admiring the view before dinner. We will be back!
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Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Food photograph: Taryn van Rensburg / Interior photographs: Shirley Berko of cuizine.co.za