We don’t advertise. We don’t have a sign on our wall.
We aren’t chefs.
We we are a local that welcomes everyone who comes through our door offering a respite from the day to day.
We care about carefully sourced produce well prepared accompanied by a Flat White we are proud to serve.
A coffee shop behind a hedge. Just that
We love getting our organic spinach and rocket from Mosima Pale. He is an urban farmer who cultivates fresh produce on a small piece of land in Wynberg -Malopo Urban Agriculture
We love Perennial Plate. Filmmakers Daniel & Mirra Klein have travelled the world making documentaries about our food and the people involved in its production. Here is a montage they made in South Africa. We loved meeting them at Starlings.
Episode for Madiba
Take a look at this video of Starlings – part of a series on our neighbourhood in Claremont.
At Starlings we sometimes feel a twinge of guilt with always being the treasure seeker. More important things to do. But..
“Too often, we treat art and design as superficial, a protest at the painful idea we are dependent for our well being on rather costly forms of decoration. But we should stop treating beauty as a luxury and start to respect it for what it has always been: the most immediately available and, on some days, the most powerfully effective kind of therapy.”
Alain de Botton in Art as Therapy
We get a lot of our meat from Ryan Boon Speciality Meats in Paarl. Ryan goes out of his way to source grass-fed beef and pasture-reared pork and is always able to tell us exactly where our meat comes from and how it was reared.
The light has shifted at Starlings and with it the dancing shadows on the wall. It evokes a favourite book, In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki.
Apparently the debate is over and the quinces have won. Juliette was spotted with a bag of ‘pears’ she has collected and according to her she has been making quince jelly with our fruit for the past four years! and it is delicious.
A Rooftop Patio.
Secluded. Romantic. Another Perspective.
There is something about the notion of a rooftop patio overlooking your city that is so appealing. We wish we had one.
At Starlings our house chicken is from Lazena Poultry. Lazena poultry is a family owned business based in Gordon’s Bay and their chicken is free range, free from antibiotics, growth stimulants or hormones.