Chef Pali Pali’s Pop Up Restaurant 

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Bubbly and full of zeal isn’t a description of the Pongrazc MCC Pali served as a welcome drink but rather my attempt at packaging her amazing personality into a single sentence. Palesa Seabela more fondly known as Chef Pali Pali runs a culinary business aptly called Parsley On Thyme. Under this business she creates many delicious meals for catering, private events and any sort of bash you can think of.

I met this lady on the Team Fusion Hikes hikeaway and its just well, how else would I have found this amazingly talented young business woman that somer hosts such a great hangout?

Palesa transforms her Soweto family home into a chic Pop-Up restaurant that straddles Soweto’s unique kasi vibe with the rustic flare that can be found at trendy farmer’s markets. I was hungry! It was Sunday and there was wine. Really that could be the end of this blog post but I acknowledge that I have to give a little more detail than that.

Welcome drinks:

Cheeky berry and MCC combinations in glass jam jars with cute straws that remind me of county fairs (from the movies obvs)


Out of three I chose the Butternuts soup. She had me at butternut to be honest but I will not ignore the bread that sealed the deal! This was paired with a Durbanville Hills Chardonnay which is fast becoming a favourite of mine.

Main Course:

I chose the carnivorous option. (shame!) It was a beef fillet medallions on mushroom risotto drizzled with balsamic and red wine reduction. Can I say how much I hate writing this post because of how hungry I am making myself and you? This was paired with a Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. And yes I was speaking loudly at this point.


I’m going to be honest here. I ate everything. There were eclairs, cake, brownies and basically everything else that the witch from Hansel and Gretel build her house from. And I ate it all. The deserts were made by the sweet ladies at  Vanilla Corner.

As usual the pictures will do a much better job of telling the story than I have. This time my excuse is that I’m hungry.

And now a word from our sponsors: Kofi Afrika, Vanilla Corner , Pongracz, Durbanville Hills Wines and Distell .

Images by the great Mothusi Molote

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  1. Those brownies…I saw your insta pics and was pleasantly surprised that the pop up was in my ‘hood. Following her asaptually, maybe I could find me at a summer pop up. Not going anywhere this winter. No matter how mouthwatering the brownies may look.


    1. Hey! They were really amazing. I’m sure Pali will have a summer shindig. I’m liker of things so I don’t mind getting out in the cold. Haha. x

    2. Hey hey honey Chef Pali here … Having a pop up in the hood on the 4th September ! Spring Pop Up tickets go on sale this week! Don’t miss out would be great to meet you !

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