Deelish Life ‘n’ Style Magazine
Durbanites have good reason to celebrate. parc. Cafe has opened its doors in Glenwood. This little culinary sanctuary has found the perfect home right next door to the Glenwood Bakery and just a few hundred meters away from Colombo Coffee, two of Durban’s foodie hot spots.
Chef patron, Brett Gentles, who honed his already sharp culinary skills whilst working with Graham Neilson of 9th Avenue Bistro, explains that the food at parc. is not bistro, it’s not cafe, it is just parc. He uses seasonal ingredients and supports local artisanal producers and when he says local, he means it. Brett is in the process of negotiating vegetable supply from a small farm which empowers local women; the bread at parc. is supplied by the Glenwood Bakery; the coffee is from Colombo Coffee in Umbilo Road and his cakes and pastries are made by his good friend and previous boss, Lucy Markewicz from Lucy’s cakes.
“We were tired of going out to eat and finding the same things on every menu” says Lara Gentles, Brett’s sister and business partner. So they have created a seasonal menu which offers something different. Try the stack of sweet potato cakes, tomato relish, brown mushroom, rocket, poached eggs, cremé fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds for breakfast.
As a light lunch option the Wintermelon and coconut gazpacho with ginger and chocolate is a fabulous combination of flavours. Sandwiches include the likes of Hummus, grilled aubergine, onion sprouts, watercress, goats cheese with preserved lemon and French roast garlic chicken, onion pickle, herb and garlic mayo with fresh tomato served on a choice of artisanal breads.
parc. is open for breakfast and lunch but Brett is already talking about hosting dinners which will make local foodies even happier.