Chef-patron Chris Black cooks up comforting food with soul here. Breakfasts are popular, offering the likes of traditional eggs, toasted bagels, and a comforting and cheesy Welsh rarebit.
Lunches and dinners feature satisfying bistro food from light sandwiches and salads to classic fresh fish and chips and homemade pastas. Starters are light and tasty. The meaty duck spring rolls come with a pleasing plum dipping sauce; there’s a moreish coriander corncake with smoked salmon and lemon crème fraîche; and Falkland calamari deep-fried with a sprinkling of salt and pepper and an ingenious pink ginger mayonnaise.
Mains continue on the hearty theme, with beef burger creations and slow-cooked Karoo lamb shank with rosemary, mash and vegetables. The homemade pie of the day is a glorious bowl of food and could feature the likes of chicken and mushroom with a creamy gravy, pops of green peas and perfectly-made puff pastry lid. Served with a side salad and golden fries, it makes for a generous and fulfilling meal. If you’re a steak person, the fillet medallions here are a top choice. Cooked to pink perfection, the tender meat is served with a rich and creamy mushroom sauce and crunchy chips.
If there’s room for afters, the dark and satisfying liquid-centre chocolate pudding is wonderfully rich. There’s also a very good vanilla-flecked crème brûlée, which should please the pudding purists. Alternatively, give way to temptation and pick your favourite treat from the pastry counter – the pasteis de nata and brownies are particularly good.
Sip on a range of local craft beers or gins, or choose from the interesting wines available. They also host wine evenings with popular estates from the Cape.
Friendly and swift.
Bellevue is light and breezy with face brick, luscious plants and a pastry table laden with treats. With its laid-back feel, the space is ideal for lazy weekend dining. On sunny days, opt for a table outside under the trees.
The cosy upstairs section is available to hire for private events and celebrations.
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Chef-patron Chris Black has a well-earned reputation for creating food magic and in Bellevue Café that comes with a trendy vibe for breakfast, lunch and dinner – all day food with soul.
Light nibble breakfasts range from homemade toasted banana bread or croissants with butter or mature cheddar and black forest ham to good old-fashioned jungle oats or muesli with fruit and yoghurt. Classic breakfasts display British roots with eggs and bacon, English muffins or a touch of Banting dishes served without toast.
Lunch caters for the social crowd, with a hearty ploughman’s platter of locally cured meats and cheeses, seasonal fruit and homemade chutneys, dips and pickles or fish and chips, the Bellevue pie of the day displayed on the chalkboard specials board, and Thai chicken and prawn curry.
The signature pastas, fresh and homemade, come in medium or large servings and creamy sauces embody a richness that ignores conventional diets. The tiger prawn fettuccine with chilli, garlic, slow-cooked tomatoes, white wine, parmesan and parsley is neither shy on prawns nor well-melded flavours and the penne Bellevue with char-grilled chicken breasts, cherry tomatoes, rocket, basil pesto and a light cream has a breathless quality crying out for another helping.
Dinner main courses are hearty offerings including rigatoni with slow-cooked lamb ragu, exotic beef burger creations and slow-braised pork neck steak with anise, pearl onions, raisins, sage, mustard mash and vegetables. The triple-roasted free-range duck with a Cointreau orange sauce, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables alone is worth the return visit.
Space allowing, desserts are decadent homemade treats like dense chocolate slices with chocolate sauce, candied cashews and ice-cream, crème brûlée or homemade seasonal ice-creams.
A small but balanced wine list is available as well as craft beers.
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This is a spacious, contemporary bistro with ample outdoor seating to capitalise on Durban’s warm weather, but also boasts gas heaters and an enclosed veranda for those cooler nights and rain-swept afternoons.
They offer craft beers on tap and regularly host food and wine pairing evenings (booking essential).
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Chef Chris Black and partner Guy Cluver have been in the restaurant industry for many years, and know how to put forth a winning recipe. The breakfast menu, which is served until 11:30, caters for all early morning food cravings, and averages at R60. The potato rosti with bacon, poached eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes and creamy mushrooms certainly hits the spot. In true bistro style, they offer a fabulous selection of fresh salads with mouth-watering ingredients like prawns, halloumi and chorizo – just delicious! The lunch offering also includes sandwiches on homemade artisanal breads, and inspired pastas. On the dinner menu, firm favourites include the tender Falkland calamari and beef fillet béarnaise. Specialities of triple roasted free-range duck with Cointreau orange sauce and slow-roasted Karoo lamb shank will further tantalise the taste buds.
Fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and coffees for breakfast. Pitchers of freshly squeezed orange juice with Miss Molly’s MCC make brunch go down a treat! For something cold, sweet and caffeine infused, try the Vietnamese iced coffee. Their black board lists wines boasts of local and international labels (averaging R200 a bottle).
Very well trained staff members demonstrate thorough knowledge of everything that is on offer.
Contemporary décor in a relaxed environment, with outdoor seating for some al fresco dining under the trees.
They do wedding packages, if you’re in the market.
The menu reflects chef patron Chris Black’s predilection for and flare with Italian cuisine. This translates into risotto with tiger prawns, tomato, white wine and parmesan, or the deeply gratifying penne salsiccia with slow-cooked Italian sausage, bacon, chianti, chilli, fennel, garlic and tomatoes in a light cream sauce. The diverse café menu also includes an exemplary calamari in lemon butter, pie of the day and soul-satisfying sarmies like the version with chicken schnitzel, peri-peri mayo and fresh tomato salsa. The breakfasts are worth the trip alone and the extensive selection – think Welsh rarebit, or warm chilli coriander corn cakes with avo, rocket, coriander, smoked salmon and lemon crème fraîche – will have diners enraptured.
The wine list offers a fairly succinct but well-considered core selection of local wines, which is augmented with a small seasonal list of reds and whites. Craft beers are also available.
The floor show is one of high energy and the waiters are well choreographed. Overseen by eagle-eyed managers and backed up by an industrious kitchen, service is as efficient as it is knowledgeable. The vibe may be laid-back, but service is taken seriously.
The contemporary, double-volume space manages to be both rustic and lightly industrial, with its metal beams and exposed brickwork. An interior tree reinforces the conservatory feel and is the pivot around which tables radiate. On warmer days, alfresco tables are in high demand.
Don’t linger too long with the menu in deciding what to have for dinner – orders need to be placed by 8.30pm.
Tracy GielinkThe food
Bellevue Cafe is literally one of my favourite places, from breakfasts to pastries to delicious food. We just about eat there once a day. The food is absolutely out of this world and the vibe is very relaxed and friendly, I would recommend Bellevue to anybody who enjoys a meal or coffee fit for a king. Cappuccinos that make you smile! Thumbs up Chris Black and Guy Cluver, we love you guys!
What a lovely little local... It's so tempting to go weekly as the food is fantastic and the prices reasonable - the only issue is getting a table without a good few days notice!
I frequently visit my daughter in Hillcrest from Hoedspruit, Limpopo and had many meals at Aubergine's so was very sorry to see it had closed. Have visited Bellvue Cafe 3/4 times and found it interesting, very different to Aubergine's. What we had was excellent, and would like to wish Chris luck with his new venture in March. Look forward to our next visit so we can try it out.
Arrived at 5pm without a booking. Manager gave us a table which was booked for 7pm. Used his common sense and allowed us to sit at a table that was comfortable. Service was first class, food was brought very quickly and was really appetising. This was our first visit and most certainly will not be the last. Friendly, thoughtful service and good food - a winner all the way for me.
Had lunch for 8 on Mother's Day. The restaurant was packed to capacity and the waiters were stressed and inattentive. All the breakfasts came out together and looked very good, however the eggs benedict was watery and the welsh rarebit had way too much cayenne peper in it, making it inedible. It's a great place when it's quiet, but avoid it on busy days.
Great location, pleasant atmosphere, divine food. Love it.
It was disappointing to be honest. Very small portions. The food was well below expectations. The menu oversold everything. The R80 calamari main meal was so small, and served with some lonely chips. A "Bloody Mary with all the trimmings" arrived as straight tomato juice, and lacked pepper, tobasco, worchester, etc. It was bleak. I'll be hard-pressed to go again. A great space and vibe, but the food was such a let-down.
Really first class, have had several lunches and one dinner there. The wine list is really good and the prices are fair.