15 New kitchens with 135 new flavours. And all just off the beaten track in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The Midlands Kitchen is set to be the hub of cuisine in Nottingham Road, and THE foodie destination on the famous Midlands Meander.
We were invited to visit the brand new, exquisitely decorated venue (that had been open all of three days when we visited) as a part of a nice, fun girls weekend KZN trip that included a night at the neighbouring Brahman Hills, which is so close, you can actually see it from the balcony of the restaurant. After a lovely stay and a slow start to our last morning of the holiday, we took a turn into The Midlands Kitchen’s very convenient location to have a browse around and get ourselves some delicious brunch. We are definitely in the brunch mood – and that area of the Midlands isn’t exactly swarming with food-spots so we were feeling the hanger (yes, hanger) setting in.
Oh boy, were we in for a total farm-style treat. We were served up American sized portions of home-cooked brekkie, with all the trimmings. The girls and I dined at the appropriately named Exit 132, a cafe style spot with the views of the mist-covered rolling hills and a slice of the N3 highway, seated right next to a fire, surrounded by other ‘ooh’ing and ahh’ing travellers, enjoying their breakfast-at-lunchtime as much as we were.
I was proper-starving by the time we arrived so went all in a had the Vegetarian Breakfast (swapping my eggs for a McCains veggie patty on top of the hash brown, naughty I know) and enjoyed fresh farm Baked Bread from the quick stop next door. Jess had a quick and easy, on-the-go sort of Vegetarian Breakfast straight off the menu, and Kelly ordered the Parmesan, Mushroom and Pesto French Toast – which is a combination I can’t say I’ve tasted before – but it sure was good, and huge!
Having done a little research into the plans for the venue, by the end of the month (July 2017), all 15 kitchens are said to be fully functional and serving out that fine, delicious international food we just got a taste of. There’s definitely going to be something for everyone there – from the vegan restaurant, Artichoke – to a freshly pressed juice bar called Juice Brew. And right off the highway. It’s a concept like I’ve never heard of before – and I love it!
DISCLAIMER: Although we were invited to join The Midlands Kitchen for a meal, we are under no obligation to share a positive review about our experience and the above is totally in the opinion of The Social Needia.