The Mother’s City’s leafy green southern suburbs are known for their mountain-shaded lawns and calm suburban charm – what better place to start the day? To help you plan this weekend’s leisurely early morning treat, here are five of our favourite cafés and restaurants in the south that are perfect for breakfast feasting.
Bistro Sixteen82 (Tokai)
Weekend brunches are an institution at this wine-farm restaurant, where you need to book ahead. Tuck into their popular eggs Benedict, which is plated with a fabulous slab of pork-belly bacon, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and roast tomato on a potato-and-herb rösti. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, try the Shroom on Rösti with assorted mushrooms, truffle cream, chives and buttered English spinach.
Four and Twenty (Wynberg)
This quaint Parisian-themed breakfast spot has a big-hitting menu featuring Bean There coffee and all-day breakfast dishes such as the beer-battered flapjacks with a pecan-and-apple streusel in a cinnamon-and-caramel sauce, or the cider sausage fry up with cider-poached bratwurst, fried egg, roasted cherry tomato smoor and crispy cheesy fried kale on a bed of soft polenta. Eggs Benny lovers can also get their fix with their popular Eggs Belicious dish.
The Gardener’s Cottage (Newlands)
Situated in a tranquil cottage at the Montebello Design Centre, this café under the camphors keeps suburbanites happy with light teatime treats, Origin coffee, and sublime breakfasts. Eggs are poached, scrambled and fried to perfection; or, for a lighter start to the day, opt for the fruit parfait with homemade granola, honey and yoghurt.
Open Door (Constantia) This fairly new Constantia eatery has recently launched its scrumptious breakfast menu. (Read our report on chef Annemarie’s cinnamon and pecan-nut sticky buns.) Try the cinnamon brioche French toast with bacon, glazed pears and banana brandy butter for something ultra decadent, or go the savoury route with a portion of baked eggs with sausage in a spiced tomato sauce, topped with gruyère cheese.
Starlings Café (Claremont)
This charming suburban coffee shop boasts a great breakfast menu with plenty of tempting choices. Their Benedict options are served on a choice of wholewheat or rye from Baked Bistro and even a choice of low-carb bread, while the French toast comes with a side of Richard Bosman’s bacon and a drizzle of cinnamon syrup.