Choo Choo, located in the heart of Linden on the buzzing 4th avenue, is a Contemporary fusion neighbourhood gathering place for family, friends and friends-to-be where everyone is welcome. The owners cavort with different tastes and flavours to bring you new and exciting dishes from all over the world. Some picked up on their travels. It’s about the sharing their love for food. The owners, Gisela Krischker and Renee Hill, are the self-taught Chefs at Choo Choo. Renee had Restaurants in Greenside called Ancestors and Sanskara. Gisela was involved in Nunos Portuguese Restaurant and the opening of Xai-Xai lounge in Melville.
Choo Choo has a steampunk, Victorian feel with a lot of conversation pieces. Most of the materials used in the décor were recycled from scrap yards across Gauteng. Their larger than life map of the world certainly gets everyone talking about their travels and experiences. The focus however is definitely on custom comfort and bringing seriously good food to the people.
Everything is prepared fresh daily at Choo Choo. Gisela and Renee pride themselves on bringing new flavours and tastes to people. The menu is seasonal to ensure that only the freshest and locally harvested ingredients are served. They have taken some old favourites and given them new twists. One example would be their flatbreads – firstly they blind bake the bases to ensure crispness, then add their unique toppings and finish it off with their homemade dressings, such as their Asian inspired Peanut dressing. Come with a curious spirit ready to experience what our steampunk inspired version of a neighbourhood eatery is all about.
At Choo Choo Junction it’s more steam engine than steampunk and the food influences from everywhere meet here. They’re going to be serving lamb rump for example among the mains (Stokers) and because they like the idea of wood-fired food, slow-cooked where possible, they plan to make a big thing of their glazed, overnight-cooked beef shortribs.
They’ll be making different flatbreads from four different parts of the world. One of the starters or Taste Tracks comes from Spain: the cider-glazed chorizo; another from the Balkans: cevapcici, Balkan flatbread stuffed with sausage, creamy kajmak cheese, onion and peppers.
Desserts seem to be falling into the smores fun category, like marshmallow, biscuits and chocolate all melted down together into a cone. There will be Sunday roasts and breakfasts, also from various parts of the world, plus the lunches and evening meals, from Wednesdays through to Sunday.