Convenience in a box
09 December 09
Winners of the Coca-Cola® Bunny Chow Barometer competition in 2006, 3rd place in 2007, 2nd in 2008 and the Veg category winners in 2009, this outlet has done well to hold onto a good bunny.
Paresh Sokay and his family have been running this Springfield Park BP convenience store for 5 years and do a very good trade.
"Quality, strict quality control is what it's all about here" he told me. Paresh says his customers' opinions and suggestions are taken to heart and he is currently building up a database with the aim of finding out exactly what they want and how he can up the level and keep them regularly coming back for more.
We finally found someone who serves the honourable bunny chow in a Bunny Box! and Springpark BP seems to be the only outlet (we are aware of) that makes use of this neatly designed red cardboard box. Other than adding a hefty R2.00 (!) to the price of the bunnies, the box certainly makes it look all the more appealing than the typical blue plastic bag. We're not sure how well this idea goes down generally and whether it's really necessary - bunnies have been served up for years in newsprint and plastic bags. It's the obvious reason why other bunny chow outlets don't make use of them but Paresh prefers the Bunny Box because it transports the bunny well and there is less gravy etc to clean up on the tables outside after patrons have finished eating.
Their mutton curry is the most popular (as usual!) and they have a variety of bunnies on the menu, the quarter Dhall with mutton gravy also proving very popular. I had a quarter mixed veg and my colleague had a quarter mutton. The heat was mild, vegetables were fresh and meat a good grade.
We gave them a score of 20 (and a ½) out of 25. 4 & 4½ for taste, 4 for size, 3 for price (that R2 for the box!), 3 for vibe. Half crummy wood tables and benches around the corner outside... to be finished a bit later.
They are open only till 5pm daily.
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Photos: © 2009 Luke Comins