Linden is going through this food revolution at the moment and it’s making me SO HAPPY. Ant and I love many many things, but right up there in the top 5 (between cats and Supernatural) is being able to get out the house for some delicious food. Other couples are out there buying homeware and investing and we’re just spending all our cash on getting fat. I’m not even sorry. So, the newest place to hit Linden is Ritual Cafe in Seventh Street (right across from my house again – yesssss) and obviously we couldn’t wait to try it.
The thing that makes Ritual Cafe really special is how fresh and tasty the ingredients are. Chef Sean Ackermann moved Ritual Cafe from 27 Boxes in Melville, and its new home in Linden is proving to be a successful spot so far. I love his description of where the restaurant’s name comes from: “It’s about the ritual of eating and enjoying food.” This is the kind of ritual I can definitely get involved in, I’m far more about sitting down and making an experience of your meal, rather than grabbing fast food on the run.
Ceramics and decor by Julia Kay Ceramics
Sean also describes the menu board hanging on the wall as being totally ‘him’ – all the dishes he makes are the things he loves making, and loves eating. The love he pours into his food is clearly evident when you’re eating there too – it’s crazy delicious.
When we arrived, I table was served fresh, hot cajun chips with a tomato and pepper relish. I LOVE when you arrive at a restaurant and they immediately put something delicious in front of you. I was basically already sold at this point. For starters we ordered the Baby Marrow Carpaccio, which was topped with feta, capers, and chopped basil, and was the perfect started for a warm summer evening. Light and delicious, the unusual flavours seriously agreed with me.
Cajun Chips with Tomato and Pepper Relish
Baby Marrow Carpaccio
When we moved onto mains, Ant ordered a Lamb Burger, which is an 180g lamb patty, tzatziki sauce, and onion chutney served with sweet potato chips. As the king of burgers, I always trust Ant’s opinion on them, and he absolutely loved it. Obviously I tried it too though, just to be sure, you can never be too sure of these things. He was right, of course, it was super tasty.
Lamb Burger with Sweet Potato Chips
I’m such a fan of potatoes (my Irish grandfather is dancing in his grave) and a massive fan of gnocchi, so I ordered this and it came with roasted walnuts, creamy gorgonzola, and roasted peppers served in a butter sauce. Again, I was so happy about how fresh everything was – you could really taste that it’s all handmade and freshly picked. Sean prides himself on the fact that everything is locally sourced (yesssssss South Africa) and he makes sure that he visits all the markets himself so that he ensures that he’s buying the best of the best.
By this point we were pretty stuffed (I mean, did you not read that first bit about how much we love food?) but obviously we’re not the kind of people to stand down from a food challenge. For dessert, we shared the white chocolate and banana spring rolls, which come with a caramel dipping sauce. Basically, heaven.
White Chocolate and Banana Spring Rolls
After one meal, I’m definitely ready to go back to Ritual Cafe, and that’s genuinely not just because I live to close. If you’re looking for great food, perfect portion sizes, and a full belly, I couldn’t recommend it more. Drop me a text and I’ll walk over and join you.
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079 573 3989
32, 7th Street, Linden