Gourmet Grubb, the company which brought South Africa bug ice cream, has dipped into the realm of ‘savory’, opening a pop-up bug restaurant called the The Insect Experience – believed to be South Africa’s first all-insect restaurant.
Business Insider South Africa got a preview of bug-inspired meals designed by chef Mario Barnard, who first started cooking with bugs after a trip to Thailand where he was encouraged to eat tarantulas and scorpions.
“They were a little bit hard for me to eat. But, since I started experimenting with [insect-based] powders and messing with the food and hiding in it in a kind of gourmet way, I’ve found its a much easier way to eat,” said Barnard.
“We try to present it as visual as possible to Westerns to make it easy to eat.”