Eat Like an Obama at Kitchen

July 5, 2013 11:12 am


You may have heard, cardiology the Obamas came to town last week. I know, pharmacist I know, malady how thoughtful of Barry and Michelle to bring the kids all the way to South Africa just to check in on how their curliest new expat is doing. The least I could do was go to his speech at the University of Cape Town. But I must admit, considering they went through all the trouble to visit me in Cape Town, I’m a little hurt they didn’t bother inviting me to join them for a meal. But whatever. It’s the thought that counts. I guess?

When the Obamas travel somewhere, everything they do is big news, and that includes where they choose to eat. In the First Lady’s last visit to Cape Town in 2011, she lunched at an eatery in Woodstock called, quite simply, The Kitchen. Two years later, the restaurant has pretty much forgotten about it.


Just kidding. This framed newspaper greets you the second you step into the door. (Is it just me or does that issue look a tad overly aged for something from 2011?)

When my friend Tasnim asked me if I wanted to join her for lunch at Kitchen one day, I said sure. The restaurant’s claim to fame is touted all over town (they also have a stall at the wildly popular Neighbourgoods Market), and I was curious as to why Michelle — or more likely, her team — chose it.

The interior is quintessential Cape Town — this city is full of charming, homey spots filled with eclectic, aesthetically mismatched clutter and vintage knickknacks.


Behind the counter, colorful, retro cups and saucers (I love that big mug with feet!) intermingle with random figurines. Spot the Michelle Obama bobblehead? I’m telling you, owner Karen Dudley and co. are not about to forget their celebrity patron anytime soon.


The food is fresh, healthy, wholesome home cooking — no wonder FLOTUS was intrigued. Forcing — err, inspiring — my fellow Americans to part ways with their beloved chicken nuggets and supersized sodas is kind of her thing.



Tasnim and I ordered adorably named Love sandwiches. Unfortunately they were out of chicken at that point so I was forced to go veg — avocado, pesto, tomato, onions, and all kinds of goodness. Despite being an avowed meatatarian, I loved it!


There was also a nice spread of sugary treats to choose from — I went for the brownie, not pictured here, which was divine and reminded me of home. OK I lied — I went for two brownies. Don’t judge me, Michelle!


So what if I didn’t get to eat with the Obamas — I can always eat like them.

The Kitchen
111 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
(Also available at the weekly Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill)