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.

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