If loving carbs is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. And, we all know the king of carbs is the humble chip. Whether you like them slap, baked, or fried, skinny, thick cut, or round and crispy, chips are the ultimate comfort food. Luckily for chip lovers in Joburg, a brand-new eatery is changing the way we think about a simple plate of fries. Often chips are relegated as a side to burgers, hot dogs, and chicken but not at this joint — at Joburg’s TJIPS the fries are the main event! Yes indeed, Joburg chip lovers rejoice as the city of gold is officially home to the very first gourmet chip bar in South Africa.
Located at Eastgate Shopping Centre, TJIPS serves a mouthwatering menu of loaded fries inspired by diverse global flavours. The answer to all your carb dreams, TJIPS takes the simple potato and turns it into a thing of greatness. With the tagline, “more klap than slap”, you can be sure this menu doesn’t hold back!
Boasting a range of golden pomme frites, Tjips has something to suit everyone’s tastes. Think everything from classic spiced tjips, to pink garlic-mayo topped delights, or salsa-topped tjips, this spot believes in bold flavours. Hungrier tummies can go big or go home with dishes like the Il Continentale dish topped with parmesan and black truffle mayo or the Oom Sam, smothered in chilli cheese sauce.
While carb connoisseurs will adore choices like the salsa, guacamole and sour cream topped El Supremo, or the Canadian-inspired poutine served with a tasty gravy. Regulars will love the special Tjips Of The Month which offers a new dish to explore every month. The current special is The Joburger: crispy fries topped with a smash burger, cheese sauce and the works.
And, the best part? There’s no need to visit a whole new eatery for dessert as the menu at Tjips also includes sweet chip options! Once they’ve got their savoury fix, dinners can tuck into sweet delicious dessert fries topped with a dollop of Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream. To add to the luxury, a tjips-and-bubbly pairing is also on the cards for this unique food bar later this year.
If you don’t live close to Eastgate, fear not, the team are planning to expand across Joburg with three to five more locations opening this year, including one in Fourways Mall.
TJIPS can be found inside Eastgate Shopping Centre’s Food Emporium. Opening hours are Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00, and Friday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00.