NOT GOURMET, JUST PLAIN GOOD FOOD: La Boca offers excellent value for money


Situated at 20 Clyde Street in vibrant Central, La Boca has built its reputation on good food and value for money since opening their doors in 2012.

Owner, Garth Metrovich, named his establishment La Boca as the building’s previous colour scheme of maroon and green reminded him of a colourful and vibrant neighbourhood or barrio in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, where he previously lived.

“I fell in love with the building and had to save it from disrepute,” said Garth of the historical Cornershop building. In 1890 it was owned by Willet and Co. who were well known pharmacists at that time.

The essence of La Boca is its good, affordable food. Garth said that during his travels he came across many boutique cafés and restaurants that emphasised serving good food at reasonable prices and decided to base his concept upon it for those needing a place for a casual meet-up and a quick bite, coffee or even an intimate dinner.

On the evening of my visit, the ambiance was intimate combined with La Boca’s fairy lights and lively atmosphere left a big impression on my friend and I.

Once seated, we had to choose from the well-presented menu, as the selection was nothing short of mouth-watering.

I decided on the fillet steak with grilled vegies topped with avocado and prawn, while my friend opted for the Tapas style, Fancy Pants cheese platter, which had a selection of salami, hams, biltong, Carpaccio, Danish feta, mozzarella, brie or camembert, and a whole, preserved fig complimented with their delicious artisan ciabatta.

Seafood lovers will also be glad to hear that La Boca offers an impressive selection of fresh dishes from the ocean.

The size of the La Boca building is impressive and is ideal for hosting events, big groups, intimate dinners and functions which can be held in private rooms. La Boca has become very popular for kitchen teas.

La Boca’s is currently running an ongoing “buy one get one free” special with Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday equating to pizza, pasta and burger evenings respectively. Thursday’s are reserved for braai nights, where one can choose from a range of meats complimented by a selection of salads. Patrons can also bring and enjoy their own wines. As La Boca is not licenced there is no corkage fee.

“What makes me happy is when our customers leave with a smile and good memories,” said Garth.

“Our prices have not gone up much since we opened and our customers keep returning – the best compliment they can give us.”

To try La Boca for yourself, visit them at 20 Clyde Street in Central, PE, or call 041 819 6500. Open every night of the week. 7:30 am till late. Closed Sundays.