Eat your heart out at ‘love food’, Braamfontein

I recently spoke to the owner of the brand spanking new restaurant (they only opened on 27 August 2012) in Braamfontein called love food. Here Jamie Lorge tells us a bit more about her new place:

What inspired you to open this restaurant?

I’m totally food obsessed, anything from sourcing, prepping, cooking or baking but most of all eating. My world revolves around food. Give me a good cookbook, a kitchen and I’m the happiest girl in this world. I spend my free time hunting for new & exciting recipes.

Don’t ever expect me to stick to a recipe, as I read it my mind ticks overtime and every imaginable food combination pops into my head.

My passion for food probably came about because I am ALWAYS hungry. I started to show an interest in cooking in high school and when I was 16 I set a goal to own my own cafe one day.

How did ‘love food’ come about?

I completed my schooling at Oakhill School in Knysna in 2006 and spent 2007 at Silwood Chefs College in Cape Town where I received my diploma.

2008 and most of 2009 I spent in London where I got some  valuable work experience; this is where I fell in love with Yotam Ottolenghi’s style and concept which made me even more determined to achieve my dream.

In 2010 ‘love food’ was born as a small catering business from home; concentrating on the healthy way to prepare and eat food without detracting from its taste and attraction – using plenty of herbs, fresh, healthy products and the “low – fat” substitute.

This has been operating successfully so onto the next step, here I am, ‘love food, kitchen, deli & cafe’ is a reality.

What is your restaurant’s vibe? Comfy & casual, contemporary, homely & bistro.

What would you always recommend people try?

The menu changes daily, my favourite, however are the burgers (every Friday) which are pure lean beef and veggie.

Price range?

Between R32 – R70 a meal

Should you book?

We don’t take bookings but we cater for private functions.


love food Contact Details

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:00-17:00

4 Ameshoff St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

083 602 6511 / 073 326 4099

Photos by Jamie Lorge.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Try out Senhor Chicken in Melle Street Braamfontein for the best chicken in town. It’s busy, vibey and good value for money.

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