Fresh Farm Food Fast at The Windmills Kitchen
Motorists driving the long slog of the N3 highway can now stop off at The Windmills Kitchen, a collaborative food hall situated at the turn-off for Nottingham Road (Exit 132), that is a sensational taste phenomenon to beat all others – and delivers fresh farm food fast!
Having recently undergone a revamp, what was The Midlands Kitchen is now The Windmills Kitchen. The now aptly named food hall, located at the Windmills garage is not just a handy stop-off point for motorists, it is also become integral part of the popular Midlands Meander and, as an artisan food destination, it is the place to be.
All the stalls in the Food Hall value quality ingredients and produce and concentrate on ensuring that the fresh produce used is sourced from the local farmers in the area. Top chefs have designed the menus aiming for artisan creations that are tasty and wholesome, while also meeting the needs for fast and easily accessed meals for those eager to get back on the road.Most of the menus offer vegan or vegetarian options and all the operating brands promote ethical farming practices, sustainability and freshness.
Try Juice Brew for freshly squeezed juices and smoothies; Hey Brew – a Coffee Bar that serves Fairtrade coffee and freshly baked pastries from Soulflour; Windmills Pie Company – started in 2012, the Windmills Pie Company makes delicious pies from locally sourced ingredients, while Mr Naidoo’s Genuine Durban Curry specialises in real Durban curry – try the curry n’ rice and the Bunny chows.
Spring Chicken serves free range chicken, cooked to perfection and The Free Range Burger Company 100g Smash-burgers and farm wors rolls – you can have any burger you want, as long as it’s a smash burger!
Farina di Grana Pizzeria does traditional Neapolitan style pizza -Farina only uses imported Italian flour and tomatoes. The dough undergoes a 24-hour fermentation process, before being hand stretched, and then baked in one of two wood-burning pizza ovens.
At Wild Child Gelato fresh gelato is made daily (gelato is aerated more than ice cream, which results in a fluffier product) Rotating flavours of the day are on offer -but vanilla, chocolate and a berry are always on offer. Wild Child Gelato’s are made from fresh milk, cream and free-range local eggs.
There are a variety of brands – each with its own distinctly unique feel – you’re spoilt for choice!
The Breakfast Bar offers breakfast until 13:30, the Earl of Sandwich freshly baked filled baguettes and toasted sandwiches, and at the Salad Bar you can get delicious seasonal salads and a Midlands cheese board.
Keep in mind that because you are ordering from different stalls, your food might arrive at different times.
The Kitchen also offers a premium retail space -The Marketplace -where you will find Brahman Hills Biltong, Soulflour breads and freshly baked cakes.
Because of the newly added “order anywhere, pay once” procedure, items can now be picked up from the Marketplace and be added to your bill. On entry customers are given an identifier tag. Anything you order and buy from The Windmills Kitchen will be placed on one bill, meaning you, and your family, can order from any of the stalls and only pay once. Payment and exit will be handled by one of our lovely cashiers, who are found before exiting the Marketplace area.
The Windmills Kitchen with its easy access from the N3 freeway is open from 06h00 to 17h30 daily, with the added benefit of the Grab and Go section staying open till 20h00 (it’s complimented by a picnic area, a kid’s play area, clean, high-class toilets and doggy poop pens).
The ambience is one of relaxed communal dining with customers able to choose from any of the kitchens, whilst enjoying the surrounding countryside. The dining area seats about 350 people.
The Kitchen contributes enormously to the local economy through job creation, having recruited about 100 people in a range of positions including waitrons, baristas, runners, kitchen assistants, chefs, artisan bakers and cashiers.
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