The first Insect restaurant just opened in Woodstock, Cape Town. The bug-inspired meals were designed by Gourmet Grubb chef Mario Barnard which are believed to great protein alternatives.

According to Business Insider, chef Mario Barnard 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.”

The South African company hopes to encourage people to eat more insects, and products containing insects, as global populations grow and arable land becomes limited. 

The store officially opens on 11 July, but is already up and running at the GOODFood market, in the Iron Works shopping centre in Woodstock, Cape Town.