Hot, happening … and healthy. That pretty much sums up Judd Campbell’s new eatery, the Prep Room in Glenwood.
Judd’s design team has made clever use of three shipping containers to create a lovely, open space, surrounded by trees and open to the elements on the sides. It overlooks Glenwood Prep’s playground on one side, and Bulwer Park on the other, reinforcing the feeling of being one with nature. And more trees are coming – in pots, that is.
This is my fav place right now. I love sitting in the warm winter sun, drinking good coffee. In fact, so much so much so they could serve me dogfood and I’d still come.
I may be less enthusiastic in summer when it’s hot and humid, but I suspect there will always be a breeze – and, anyway, Judd has longterm plans for providing more shelter from the elements
There are normal chairs and tables as well as a long refectory-style wooden table with benches for communal eating. This is great for sharing a meal with a large group of friends – or to make new friends.
Prep Room has been open a week and Judd has spent this time training staff and listening to customers’ comments and suggestions – to good effect. I’m already seeing changes.
Prep Room serves breakfast and lunch. Each is divided into two categories. Hedonistic – which speaks for itself – and Salubrious, which offers food appealing to that small but vocal group of dieters, Banters.
Hedonistic breakfasts include, for example, strawberry cheesecake French toast served with honey and toasted nuts, which tastes ambrosial, R75. A banting option is poached eggs on bacon and slices of grilled brinjal, topped with hollandaise sauce, R72. I loved this, but next time I will order toast as well, as it was not very filling.
A hedonistic lunch option is marinated rotisserie chicken served with skinny fries and a peri peri sauce on the side, R90. The daughter opted for this and raved over it. Portion was large enough to feed the proverbial masses.
Another Hedonistic option is steak rolled in peppercorns and served with a bandy and horseradish sauce and Parmesan fries.
Their fries are great by the way.
I opted for a Salubrious lunch; coconut oil-grilled fish served with chargrilled- Parmesan-and- lemon-zest courgette chips, a tartar sauce and a small salad, R85. This was a lovely, light and healthy lunch and I would absolutely order it again. An alternative Salubrious option is coconut-crusted crispy chicken served with a creamy cauliflower puree drizzled with chilli lemon.
Also liked the sound of a oven roasted pumpkin soup served with crispy chorizo and croutons for R62.
So, great venue and food and warm and friendly vibe – and fine coffee. What’s not to like here.
Prep Room closes Sundays.