The pop-up restaurant and bar trend has become firmly entrenched in gourmet capitals around the globe. But what exactly is a pop-up? In a nutshell, it’s a temporary, often outrageously decorated venue showcasing exclusive items or niche products. In a foodie sense, it gives chefs a creative outlet to explore new directions while offering the discerning eating-out public a chance to try something new and fashionable in a fresh, fun environment – but only for a limited time, which adds to its huge appeal.
Franschhoek, the Cape’s French foodie hot spot, is in on the act with the opening of the Bacon Pop-up Bar – right next door to Le Quartier Francais. Brought to you by the innovators behind the Bacon of the Month Club, the new Bacon Pop-up Bar is a celebration of the artisanal genius of charcuterie fundi Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine on the Moreson wine farm.
Spearheading the project is Nikki Friedman, who runs the family owned farm. Design agency, Wonderland Works, has pulled out all the stops to create a fantastical hog-themed emporium in celebration of bacon. The irreverent, tongue-in-cheek decor features more than a little bling.
Says Nikki: ‘It’s an entire space dedicated to my love of bacon. We’re taking bacon to the next level, and giving it the credibility it deserves as its own food group!’
Resident chef Bianca Davies has created a menu that revolves around Neil’s excellent bacon sourced from happy, free-range pigs fed a pure, healthy diet. Innovative menu items, including Hog Mac ‘n Cheese, Bacon Butties and Bacon Burgers, are all priced under R100 and can be paired with a glass of Môreson’s Miss Molly bubbly. Bacon lovers can also order Neil’s ‘bacon of the month’ to take home.
On the first Friday of every month, the bar hosts a bacon burger, bubbles and beats evening. The venue is also ideal to book for a private party or bacon-themed function.
The bacon bar will only be around until March 2015.
Open Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30am – 5pm; Sunday: 8:30am – 3pm
16 Huguenot Road (next to Le Quartier Français), Franschhoek, Tel 021 876-8443
Blog Post by Jane Broughton
copyright © Cape Grace 2013