This isn’t a restaurant review.
I just really wanted to tell you to go and order this meal as a matter of urgency…
Salvation Cafe’s 5 spice calamari (R89) is out. Of. This. World.
I’ve been there plenty over the years, you probably have too. I usually go for breakfast which they’re well known for but one day last year I was there for lunch and since I’m usually relegated to the vegetarian/fish options on the menu, I ordered this meal almost completely by chance.
The official description reads: Tempura style deep fried calamari with an Asian green salad & our secret 5 spice sipping sauce
Think: a pile of steaming calamari tubes & tentacles deep fried to perfection & tossed in sesame seeds.
I’ve probably been back about half a dozen times now. I’m unable to order anything else. Neither of us are. On our last trip last week the waitress was all like “do you guys even want menus or are you having the calamari?”.
Tip: it totally doesn’t “go” with this meal but try the coffee milkshake as well – pretty phenomenal (albeit a bit steep at R35 though).
Note: the kitchen closes at 3pm daily & the restaurant shuts down at 16:30 – super early in my book but I guess I can can sort of understand it for their location.
Go & get this in your tummy, like now.
44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg
011 482 7795