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VDL's New Lunch Menu - Tempting the Tastebuds.

Van Der Linde Restaurant's Executive Chef Amori Burger is creating a buzz amongst the Joburg foodie set with her new lunch menu which she launched recently at the popular Linden-based eatery.

Says Burger: "Some of the dishes obviously lean more towards comforting, hearty food given the chilly weather this time of the year, but we have also retained a number of favourites because we know if we take them off the menu many of our regulars will not be happy."

So diners can still order the popular beer battered kablejou and hand-cut chips; the fillet on the bone, served with red pepper aioli and chips; the mustard pork chop that comes with mash and a soubise sauce; the burrata and charred grapes with ciabbata and confit garlic and the various burgers - classic beef, parmesan-crumbed chicken and the chickpea and black bean patty, which is especially suitable for vegans.

For the new main courses, Burger has created dishes such as Chorizo and Saffron Bucatini, which comes with a Napoli sauce and anchovy crumble; Grilled Sardines in Vine Leaves, accompanied by toasted cumin rye, lemon and dill vinaigrette and Pecorino cheese; Breaded Calamari with Pickled Vegetables, served with smoked paprika aioli and homemade potato chips; Potato, Leek and Manchego, a combination of slow roasted butter potatoes, charred white wine leeks and Manchego cheese; and the Beetroot Flatbread, which is crispy flatbread, beetroot hummus, honey roasted beetroot, pickled veg, Belnori phantom forest goat's cheese and tzatziki - a dish vegetarians will enjoy.

For those on a tight lunchtime schedule who want something warm and satisfying, Burger is offering a bowl of steaming homemade soup - from French Onion to Seasonal Vegetable - which is served with freshly baked crusty bread, and which will change weekly.

Says Burger: "I have designed the new dishes on the lunch menu to be hearty and filling and tasty but also added a little twist here and there to offer the customer something different, something unusual and something that will delight the palate."

Van Der Linde is located at 50, 4th Avenue Linden and is open from 07:00 to 22:00, Tuesdays to Saturdays and on Sundays and Mondays from 07:00 to 15:00. To book, call 010 594 5443.

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