Noble Savage (he said):
Sundays are meant to do as little as possible. In our house, we normally braai for lunch, and then laze around/nap in preparation for the unmitigated misery that is Monday. To be able do this important preparation in a serene setting with someone else taking care of the braaiing duties is a definite bonus. So, when Annie and Larry Hodes invited us to join them at their Sunday Braaiday at Stanley Beer Yard, we jumped at the chance to screw our routine.
Stanley Beer Yard is located at 44 Stanley. Which is at 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark. The building itself used to house the AA (Automobile Association, not the other one…), but when they moved out, vagrants took it over and it was quite badly vandalised. The building was saved by property developers a few years ago, who decided to turn it into a mixed-use precinct for all manner of boutique-ery. The building kept its 1930’s industrial look, with many shady nooks and crannies scattered all over. Currently, there are more than 25 different shops including restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques, and is a nice alternative to all the same-old same-old malls out there.
Obviously, Stanley Beer Yard has a great selection of beer. We’ve written about it. The décor is eclectic and welcoming, and fits in well with the whole vibe of the building.
The fireplace takes centre stage, with all sorts of trinkets displayed around it. But it’s summer, so we sat outside in the shade. Because summer fucking sucks!
The deal is pretty sweet: ¼ chicken, 150g rump espetada, mixed veggies, and a side salad – all for R125. The braai is outside (obvs), so we could have a look-see how the braiing was going while enjoying our ice-cold beers.
I opted for the Mad Giant IPA, which is a firm favourite of mine. And what could be better than kicking back sipping your favourite brew with a bunch of cool cats while relaxing outdoors surrounded by the unmistakable smell of braai?
Time for the food!
The rump and the chicken was perfectly braaied – The Big Guy really knows what he’s doing!
I wouldn’t be able to comment on the veggies, but the potatoes and salad were delicious. (Yes, I had some salad – move along.)
Boozy Foodie (she said): Okay, I am popping in here! I can definitely comment on the veggies (Noble Savage’s idea of veggies is chicken, so let’s just leave it there). The vegetable sides were totally scrumptious! My favourites – the sweet potato veggies, and the crispy cauliflower with green beans. And, I must add, I actually don’t eat aubergine – and I had a bite or two of it – it as really good! I may just eat aubergine again in the future! What I really enjoyed the veggie options – it was well prepared and seasoned, and really complimented the meat dishes to make a gorgeous and balance Sunday lunch. Okay, I had my say, now Noble Savage can take it home!
The food was great, but the Stanley Beer Yard vibe makes it even better. It’s so chill without being “gevrek”, and the staff is always there when you need them. Hanging out here, it doesn’t feel like you’re still in the middle of Joburg.
From my experience, you’ll always find this vibe at Stanley Beer Yard, but going there on a Sunday afternoon adds another dimension of relaxed. The Sunday Braaiday will definitely see us again. And soon!
Check ’em out on www.stanleybeeryard.co.za – for more info on booking and events