Where: Corner of The Hillside Street and Alpine Way (It’s at the shopping centre there), Pretoria, South Africa
Monday – Tuesday: 08:00 – 18:00
Wednesday – Saturday: 08:00 – 00:00
- An afternoon with friends
- Cute dates
- Encouraging a foodie addiction
There are few places in Pretoria that excite the foodie in me. I consider myself an Indiana Jones of discovering these places because I have become wary of being subjected to generic food chains that produce the same tasting food. One of these discoveries is Lucky Rodrigo, just off Lynnwood Road in Pretoria. I discovered this place because one of my friends recommended it. He visits Shivas, a nearby pub, far too often and decided to check out Lucky Rodrigo one day and loved it. Now I love it.
Lucky Rodrigo is a quiet restaurant in a quiet area. It has a pretty random location considering a lot of upcoming cafes and delis are located in Arcadia and Hatfield. I could say that the area is in the perfect suburbia and walking into the restaurant transports you back into the 70′s. I could imagine that Lucky Rodrigo could have been the perfect almost bunker looking restaurant back then if Russia and America decided to get it on and screw the world.
|Grilled Chicken Burger (R40) and Peach Bos Ice Tea (R16)|
You have a menu of burgers, main meals and a single dessert. It is a simple menu but everything is well priced and really tasty. It is R40 for all burgers and each burger comes with either a huge plate of chips or a salad. It seriously makes me happy because on top of liking good food, I believe I prefer good cheap food and that’s not even considering the total mouth-gasm of the dessert. I was extremely full from the burger and my R16 Bos Ice Tea but as I had heard about the dessert I made my stomach shut up and ordered it. The single dessert is a Butterscotch Sauce covered Malva Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s probably their only dessert because they do it so well. It made me so happy that I’ve just gone back for the dessert, especially when I haven’t had time or space for a burger.
|Malva Pudding with a Butterscotch Sauce (R30)|
The only thing you need to prepare yourself for is that the service at Lucky Rodrigo is lacking. It feels like a student-run affair. I recall the last time I went that our waiter actually forgot about our dessert and we ended up waiting 20 minutes for nothing, which really sucked. However, I’m willing to overlook it because I love the food. There is also no alcohol served at Lucky Rodrigo.
So I suggest you make your way to Lucky Rodrigo and make yourself happy. They recently launched a new menu so you will find me there!