THE frothy wave of craft beer is surfing into Jeffreys Bay this summer at the new restaurant owned by super-talented Jayne Davis of InFood.
Add in Belgian chef Marc Janssen – formerly of the short-lived Infood Blu at the marina – and you can expect a quality eating out experience.
Offering “burgers, beer and bubbles”, J-Bay Bru Co has a similar relaxed charm to Port Elizabeth’s Bridge Street Brewery and Beer Yard and, after a day on the beach or bargain-hunting at the neighbouring Billabong factory shop, it is well positioned to offer refreshment – both liquid and solid – to beach-babes.
With 50 craft beers on offer, there is the appealing choice of five 100ml tasters of craft beer for R55 , not a bad way to dip your tongue into its ocean of on-tap brews.
Our party rated the local St Francis brewery’s Beach Blond as the favourite of the fistful but if you have a sweet tooth, you may prefer the Liefmans cherry beer or Van Hunks pumpkin ale.
The idea is that you can mix and match any of the drafts and then go back for more of what you fancy.
Breakfast, burgers, pizzas and light meals comprise the bulk of the menu with separate coffee and beer menus and a nice wine-list.
The Banting diner at our table had the wood-oven free-range chicken marinated in lemon and garlic with a stunning chilli dhanya (R79), plus vegetables and salad as the two free sides, but you can also order chips or sweet potato chips.
The pear and blue cheese salad (R45) with toasted cashew nuts and not-too-much lettuce was a light meal, while the Forest Pizza (R75), topped with chevin and field mushrooms, was really good.
The inter-linked InFood’s Coffee Society serves hot and cold coffees along with smoothies, juices and shakes. There is not much in the way of dessert at the Bru Co, but of the two choices the chocolate pretzel fudge sundae (R45) is amaze-balls: vanilla ice-cream, homemade chocolate mousse, chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks and a chocolate finger that tasted like heaven.
Don’t forget the tasty bakes next door at InFood Coffee Society (only open in the day), and you also can buy granola, pickled apples, carrots and onions, rusks – and even a T-shirt – at J-Bay Bru Co to take home.
Cards and other board games such as Balderdash and 30 Seconds are on offer, and comfy chairs and sofas add to the “make-yourself-at-home” vibe.
It is already pulling in the 20 to 30-something crowd and over the summer, is likely to be infested with glossy young creatures wearing either boho-chic and Billabong bikinis, or man-buns and Luke Watson-esque beards. Take-aways are also offered.
- J-Bay Bru Co is at 10 Da Gama Street, Jeffreys Bay. Hours: in-season 9am till late (out of season: Sunday to Tuesday only open until 5pm). Contact them on: (042) 940-0165 or e-mail: email@example.com