Coobs is an eclectic contemporary bistro set in the bustling fourth ave in parkhurst in a new center, its modern architecture goes well with the look and feels presented at Coobs.
Coobs sources their produce from local suppliers and organic farms to create unique modern bistro-style food. Close to 75% of ingredients come from our organic farm ‘Brightside’ in the Magaliesburg. The farm has been part of Chef James Diack’s family for more than 20 years and is now the main source of his food. “We grew up on that farm; I was a city boy in the week and a farm child on the weekend, wrecking everything in my dirt-biking path.” It is such a pleasure to know where one’s food is coming from, to be able to trace it to its roots and that’s what we at Coobs care about so deeply. Everything from vegetables and herbs to pork, lamb and wild boar is free-range and organic.
When it comes to the food, the idea here is to let the ingredients, which are locally sourced and of the finest quality, speak for themselves. The focus here is on comfort food at its best; the menu follows the seasons and the specials change almost daily, dictated by what ingredients we can get from the farm. “We play by God’s rules with regards to what ingredients we’re able to use and if we don’t think we’re able to do a certain dish well, then we just don’t do it.” “The dishes we serve are complex in their simplicity,” James explains – a line he stole from his former head chef and mentor, Richard Carstens.
Every evening, there’s a different type of freshly baked bread; sometimes marbled with flavors such as beetroot or spinach … and other times, left a little more pared down, either simply plaited or in its most basic form.
The wine list compliments the menu and will change and adapt to suit the menu with many quality wines by the glass one can enjoy and pair a glass of wine per course. We have a really reasonable offering of imported wines too. James has an absolute passion for wine as he did his training down in the cape wine lands and with this in mind has the knowledge of how to balance food and wine offerings.
The interior of Coobs is double-volume, face brick, light and airy with bright prints giving a splash of color. The fittings, tables, and chairs are contemporary and sophisticated yet create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Our bar and tables tops were all hands made. The outside area is also fabulous, offering any combination of sunshine and shade one might desire.