132 Helen Joseph Road, Glenwood
The milkshake kids on the block, Pop-up Society launches a brand new visual menu as fun & effervescent as their brand has been for the past 3 years.
We recently attended the media launch for Pop-up Society’s new visual menu, and what a treat it was! Celebrating his 33rd and a third birthday, Mastermind Chef Rev Batohi treated us to some bite-size delights so we didn’t miss out on any of his creations.
The uniqueness of Pop-up Society has always been that the owners concentrated on making their menu stand out from the crowd. Their new visual menu lends itself to a great deal of imagery which Chef Rev believes is a key factor in recognising what a restaurant can offer prior to eating. This new menu keeps their anchor flavours & signature burgers, explains Chef Rev but now paving the way significantly for fresher & funky menu items as a Naughty Schnitzel Strips, Pop’s & Pesto and a hot English mustard burger, to name a few.
9 things you should know about our local legends:
- They specialize in burgers, grilled chicken, pork ribs & freakshakes/milkshakes
- The current specials on offer include Kids Eat free on Tuesdays from the kiddie’s menu with a dining adult 1:1, 10% pensioners discount all week until 4pm and bottomless wine for ladies on Friday from 5-9pm.
- Free function/venue hire
- They specialize in baby showers, milkshake/unicorn themed parties
- They specialize in 30th’s
- A brand-new platter menu for offices/home called Entertainment Essentials
- Receive a free ice-cream on your birthday
- A secret menu is available to anyone who has a book club with 4 or more ladies
- A secret elite menu is available to anyone holding a ticket for ANY Elizabeth Sneddon show
Pop-up Society is the brainchild of owners / directors Rev Batohi and Mike Laing. In charge of the Front of House is Mike Laing who has eight years’ experience in the hospitality industry learning his trade through working in high-end eateries, as well as event management and sound engineering. He is joined by Rev Batohi or “Chef Rev” as he is known in culinary circles, who oversees the menu and kitchen.
The bold, multi-coloured, quirky exterior promises a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Chef Rev and Mike have personally lovingly restored an old Glenwood home in Davenport Road – one of those old gems which boast tall ceilings, sash windows and wooden floors.
Laing states, “We are hungry to achieve and deliver not only good food, but a great dining experience.”
Pop-up Society offers an intimate 100-seater, fixed and contemporary style restaurant and bar which will trade seven days a week with 2 meal sittings catering to a wide culinary variety. This stylish and modern spot creates a funky environment. It boasts an avant-garde indoor fish tank and a design feature with cows and grass on the wall; an inviting wooden bar; and an outdoor area which doubles as the kitchen’s garden. The dining area features large reclaimed doors from the actual building which have been reappointed as solid table-tops; and there is quirky décor in and around the house – vintage movie posters, chalk boards and motivational phrases dotted around.
“We saw the need for more family-friendly spaces that wasn’t a predictable franchise chain store. We have dates earmarked to have kids activities where we will teach them to make their own milkshakes; bake gingerbread man; bake cup-cakes and learn to decorate them.” an eager Chef Rev beamed.
Having graduated in 2012 from the Capsicum Culinary Studio, South Africa’s largest hospitality school, Chef Rev continues, “I just want to cook! And by so doing, spread my passion for mouth-watering fare. Our menu is always adventurous and full of surprises. We also have a handful of veggie options which we will be expanding on via our new limited-edition section of the menu! We don’t have a dessert menu leaving that sugary task to our yummy freak-shakes!”
A delectable variety in the craft beer department is on offer. Laing claims, “We have perhaps underplayed the craft beer we have on offer. We are excited to serve perhaps one of the widest selections available in Glenwood.”
Pop-up Society is situated on 132 Helen Joseph / Davenport Rd, Glenwood (next to Badgers). It is open during the week from 11am until late and on weekends from 10am until 10pm and 11pm respectively.
Diarise these Oyster Box events in December
Diarise these Oyster Box events for the month of December.
DINNER AND A MOVIE 2nd December
It’s date night at The Oyster Box! Start your evening with a two-course dinner in the Ocean Terrace at 18h00, followed by a movie with popcorn and a glass
of sparkling wine in the cinema at 20h00.
18h00 in The Ocean Terrace I 20h00 in The Cinema I Price: R590 per person
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 14th & 15th December
A time of tradition and family, Christmas Carols on the Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box, marks the beginning of the Festive season and summer holidays.
A plated starter, buffet main, plated dessert and festive entertainment are on the menu.
Time: 18h00 – 21h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace I
Price: R690 per adult, R420 per child under 12 years
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER 24th December
Get the Festive weekend off to a stylish start with Christmas Eve Dinner in the elegant Grill Room.
Regrettably no children.
Time: 18h00 – 22h00 I Venue: The Grill Room I Price: R2 600 per person
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH 25th December
Each of The Oyster Box’s dining venues will be offering delicious lunch feasts on Christmas Day. All venues will be offering live music, a welcome beverage
on arrival and delicious seasonal menus.
Time: 12h00 – 16h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace and The Grill Room I
Price: R2 600 per person, R1 600 per child under 12 years
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER 31st December
“SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”
Put on your best Boogie Shoes as we take you back to the Seventies this New Year’s Eve! Dance your way into 2023 in retro 70’s gear and join us for a blast from the past!
Time: 19h00 onwards I Venue: The Pearl Room I
Price: R2 900 per adult, R1 900 per child under 12 years
Enzo – first KZN pizzeria recognised in nationwide challenge
Scottburgh’s renowned Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria has become the first KwaZulu-Natal restaurant to make it into the Top 10 of the nationwide Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge 2022.
Owner Enzo Tilli is over the moon for making it to the number five spot despite stiff competition from around the country. No KZN restaurants made it into the top 10 in the 2021 challenge.
In 1990, at the tender age of 18, Tilli decided to follow his passion for creating authentic Italian food and with the help of his mother, embarked on an adventure into the unknown opening Enzo Pizzeria in Johannesburg’s West Rand. The authentic pizzas he dished up were an instant hit and it was not long before Tilli opened a second branch at Gold Reef City.
Seven years later Tilli sold his two eateries and moved to KwaZulu Natal to open Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria in Scottburgh. As was the case in Gauteng, it did not take long for Enzo to become a popular destination for locals and tourists who – 25-years later – still can’t get enough of his mouth-wateringly good pizzas. Says Tilli: “Like all good pizzas, ours are made with the finest ingredients and cooked to perfection in a wood-burning clay oven.”
Despite the celebrations, Tilli made some time to answer a few questions about Enzo and – more importantly – his coveted pizzas!
Tell us a bit about your restaurant and what makes your pizzas so popular
Enzo’s is more an eatery or as we say in Italy a ‘trattoria’ which means casual and relaxed dining. Our pizzas are made in the authentic Neapolitan style, in a wood-burning oven. They have a light and airy base, and we use only the best quality ingredients. We believe that whoever is making the pizza should have lots of love for what they are creating and that their passion is a big part of what makes them so good.
What is your signature pizza or best-seller?
Without doubt the Del Greco pizza which has a bacon feta and fresh avocado topping. We also have four different starter pizzas, three Calzongino choices (foot long, fold over pizzas), six different vegetarian pizzas and 19 more other options from which to choose.
What’s better, a thin crust or a thick crust?
For me, it must have a thin, light base and slightly charred on the bottom and must always be cooked in a wood-burning oven just like in Naples, the home of the pizza.
What is your favourite pizza topping?
I still like the classics – a Regina, a quattro stagioni or a simple Margarita with anchovies.
For more on Porcupine Ridge, please visit: www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za/
Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria can be found at Shop 5 The Terrace, 129 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh, KZN. Telephone number for bookings: 039 978 3674
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