Can we still afford to eat out?
South African dining out is certainly much more affordable than the average restaurant in the UK or Europe. Whilst the queues at fast-food outlets are noticeably long, several smaller and lesser known restaurants in shopping malls and neighbourhoods are closing their doors. Quality chefs are visibly ‘cooking up a storm’ at food markets and in food trucks – where the monthly fixed expenses are certainly less that at restaurant premises.
Yet gourmet restaurants are opening despite the looming recession.
Marble, Luke Dale-Roberts at The Saxon and Tre Café del Sol in Johannesburg; Mulberry & Prince, Osteria Tarantino, Mink & Trout, The Stack etc opened this year. Foodie Instagram photos are soaring in popularity and social media platforms are flooded with pictures of coffee roasteries, craft beer, artisanal gin, breads and gourmet dishes.
We personally have certainly cut down on our treats and eats and we are definitely dining out less frequently. I wonder how our fellow South Africans are affected in respect to dining out.