Only a dude as crazy as Gert Schoonraad (mastermind behind the Great Dane, Town Hall, and Park Acoustics) can come up with a bar and restaurant where you receive lottery tickets upon leaving (well, that was the case when it first opened, anyway). Meet the Brian Lara Rum Eatery. It's a West Indies-themed eatery and cool-kid hangout that serves really good food. REALLY good food. Think big burgers and spicy chicken wings, rum-basted ribs and steaks. The place is almost always packed and is usually one of the last spots in Linden to close, because, you know, it's a party.
A lot of things are unique here, from the food, the way drinks are served, the place itself and even the people that come to hang out here (As diverse as they are, they can have quite a peculiar sense of style). It's like a hipster hangout for people who want to go to the Dros but don't want to hang out with the ooms who only talk about Cameron Diaz (for some reason) and the Springboks losing to Japan, or something.
Piña coladas are served island-style in pineapples, then there are the Dark & Stormys and the rum shots. Now you can see why the Brian Lara Rum Eatery walks a fine line between being a jol and a restaurant!
It's A Tropical Bliss...
As soon as you step into this eatery, first word that will pop up as description, 'Tropical'. The trees and spontaneous tropical touches are quite refreshing - like a Miami beach bar of sorts. You can tell that this was well strategised to be easy on the eye.
With that said, the next time you find yourself in the burbs, and you feel like checking out the Linden culinary scene, then pop by the Brian Lara Rum Eatery and have yourself a lekker time. But be warned, over weekends the place turns into a beehive filled with big beards, floral shirts and dudes who think they're Raoul Duke.
By Shawn Greyling