We chat with Louis Roux, owner, Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar, about his trendy new Melville spot.

Who came up with your restaurant’s name?

I’d been thinking about opening a venue for a couple of years, but it was always a long-term dream as I was fully involved with recording and touring with my band, Shadowclub. About two years ago, after the dissolution of the band, I was hanging out with a good friend of mine, Paul Moneta, and I was telling him how many eggs I’d go through in a week. He made a joke about “dealing eggs” like “Pablo Eggs Go Bar”, and it immediately struck a chord with me. Even though the menus I’d been thinking about for years had more than a breakfast theme, it suddenly made sense to focus on the breakfast and brunch experience.

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What was your inspiration behind the beautiful interior of the restaurant?

A good friend of mine, Carolina Rasenti, the owner of The Great Eastern Food Bar, introduced me to Pinterest and I could instantly see if my ideas would work in a real environment. I wanted to create a space that would make our customers feel like they’d been transported to another space and time, and the Art Deco and geometric theme resonated with me in this way; 1950s Havanna with candy colours and raw materials were what I used to help me get there.

What kind of people come to Pablo?

I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out. We have customers of such a broad demographic: from locals, to those who’ve travelled from Cape Town, Machadadorp, Vereeniging or Pretoria. Our menu has a lot to offer: you can enjoy one of our signature dishes like Red Shakshuka or have eggs and buttered toast.

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And your future plans?

In summer we’ll be launching Pablo’s frozen and sweet menu items. We’ll also be launching Pablo’s Friday Nights Cuban-themed parties on 2 September as well as Pablo’s Global Breakfast Passport, which will feature a weekly breakfast dish from a different country. We’re also getting our early-morning drive-by systems in place to offer people a pick-up-and-go option in the wee hours of the week.

Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar

063 335 9348

Words: Belinda Mountain | Images: Supplied