Our Story

Our Chef, Ojok Grichang is passionate about modern food, and has been inspired by farm-to-table concepts for most of his culinary experience. After much needed feedback from the community, he realized that his fellow Yinzers yearned for the same experience. So, he decided to do something about it! Enter Essence Café, a restaurant that celebrates healthy food options and his love of food everywhere. He believes in sourcing fresh and seasonal ingredients directly from local farmers, which results in dishes that are not only delicious but also sustainable and reflective of their surrounding terroir.  To Chef Ojok, life-balance starts with the gut. Every signature dish has a story behind it; from the comfort food of the Sub-Sahara, to the sweet and sour spice of Asian cuisine. Essence will be more than just a place to eat, it will be an expression of our Chef’s values and a celebration of the art of cooking and the pleasures of the table. ​ Essence Cafe is a flagship concept of Retro Companies.

The Experience

An elevated dining experience that focuses on creating a memorable culinary journey for guests. We offer high-quality, meticulously prepared dishes that are served with a high level of service in a refined and elegant setting; and all at an affordable price. We promise that our inventive and innovative techniques and ingredients, and the presentation of the food will meet and pass your expectations. Come join us for an unforgettable experience!