Tuesday, August 20, 2013


The Sour Fig Deli is starting to take shape in  Walmer Estate; a vibrant and colorful neighborhood.                          Me

Hello, I’m back.

Yip, it seems a long time ago that I last wrote a blog, but we all know that, ‘that life stuff' sometimes gets in the way of very very important things, like writing a blog.

The front door - branding to come    Me
Anyhow, I’m very excited to tell you that my friend Stef and I are getting ready to open a deli in Walmer Estate, Cape Town. It’ll be called SOUR FIG DELI and when it opens is a mystery even to us. What I can tell you is I’m inspired and scared at the same time.

Stef rented our (Mans and my) old office and turned the garage into an industrial kitchen to cater of his food markets. Then came the deli idea and ever since we have been plotting, planning and occasionally butting heads, but our rather idealistic vision is coming together in tiny increments.

We hope to be as true to our ideal of being as kind to the earth as possible by following the current food trend of serving meals that are as regional / local and seasonal. In fact we plan to take it a step further by trying to encourage our local community to supply us with as much produce as possible from their own gardens. What would make us unique is that everyday we hope to have a foraged item on our chalkboard menu.

The one pledge we’ll make from the day we open is to have zero waste. This will require organization and effort. Earthworm farms, bokasi and composting will deal with the bio waste, while glass, plastic, tin and paper will be taken regularly down to the local recycling plant. Ok, I know it’s a bit premature, but if all goes well, sometime in the future we even hope to have a diesel tuk tuk to do our collections, recycling trips and general running around. A real exciting part is that we hope the tuk tuks diesel will be bio diesel recycled from Sprung (Stef's food market business) and from the deli.

I know I know, it’s all rather hippy, but I was born in the sixties and am a hippy at heart.

Watch this space..........

The inside is coming along too      Me
Foraged succulents                            Me
Nothing like a bit of graffiti to give us an urban feel                                                                                                            Me


  1. I'm SO excited for this! Hopefully, the model that all future restaurants to aspire to :)

  2. Excellent Charles - great news!

  3. Thank you for all the support and encouragement.

  4. Hallooooo Chuullie! we will be there FREQUENTLY!

  5. Mooi man! Then we'll have to come visit you.