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Betty Blue Bistro

Betty Blue Bistro
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
NO BYO

Critic's review

Phill Murray

Food
The menu is impressively long making it essential to visit more than once. Breakfast favourites like generous Eggs Benedict are on the menu, tweaked with smoked trout instead of bacon if you so choose, alongside other gems like bacon dippers (bacon baked into a flapjack served with figs and brie. Betty’s Rainbow Breakfasts are the headline act and come in Red, Yellow, Green and Brown. Large, deep bowls are loaded with fresh, vibrant vegetables and poached eggs: green sprouting broccoli, French beans, courgettes, avocado, toasted almond slivers and basil pesto, leaving no emerald-coloured stone unturned in the Green breakfast. Eat your way through the rainbow.

Good old pancakes with a twist, like pancakes served with caramelised apple crumble, or peppermint crisp will tempt you away from the familiar breakfast choices. Savoury pancakes with salmon trout, pea cream cheese and pickled onion balance saltiness, creaminess and acid in a visual and taste symphony.

Toasted sandwiches, stuffed burgers, courgetti spaghetti vegetarian dishes, fish, steak and huge bowls of Betty’s Rainbow Salads burst with fresh produce, colours and flavours. Every dish is so large and welcoming that it feels as if the kitchen has added extra-special titbits and a smile to every single plate.

Gluten-free and banting options (even on the pancakes) will keep even the most tricky diner happy.

The pancakes on the dessert menu are sinfully adventurous and range from tart and buttery lemon meringue filling to peanut butter mousse with bananas and vanilla ice-cream. Go on, break the rules and order from the dessert menu at breakfast time!

Drinks
Barista coffees, fresh garden teas, rainbow juices, shakes and iced coffees leave nothing to be desired. The Beetiful Red Juice of beetroot, carrot, orange and mint is a treat for both the eyes and the taste buds, served in an enormous Consol jar!

The wine list is locally sourced from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Betty’s Rainbow Cocktails are made with a thrilling selection of local craft gins and local craft beers round off a hearty menu of home brews.

The prices are good on both the food and drinks, so go for breakfast and stay for lunch.

Service
The staff are warm, friendly and knowledgeable as they move around the crowded café, effortlessly handling the customers who stream in and out.

Ambience
The bright, street front bistro is open plan with the barista coffee station as the focal point. Modern humorous art with canary yellow highlights, exposed blonde wood seating mixed with various modern white chairs and beautiful lights creates a comfortable, modern setting. The open-plan layout makes Betty Blue a bit noisy, perfect for friends who want to catch up.

Best for…
Weekend brunches for the whole family, and weekday impromptu breakfasts and lunches with friends.

(14 October 2019)

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  • Rupesh Kassen

    Fun food with flair from experienced restauranters Celia and Rayno Rabie awaits you at Betty Blue Bistro. Brunching and lunching have never been this fun, coupled with the bright space expect innovative and quirky food bound to leave you in a happier mood.

    Food
    Refreshing options like Betty's health tart, transform the standard muesli and yoghurt into a granola tart base topped with fresh fruit and yoghurt. A dedicated pancake section is not to be missed and the traditional Croque Madame will arrive wrapped in soft layers of pancake instead of the crispy toast with generous fillings of ham and cheese topped with a sunny-side up egg.

    For lunch the pancake obsession continues, try the pulled pork pancake with apple slaw and mint cream cheese. Burger options will please every pallet and can be enjoyed with a stuffed beef patty, chicken schnitzel or pulled pork. Vegetarian, banting and gluten-free options are also catered for. Try the courgette spaghetti topped with basil pesto and goats cheese or lentil bolognese.

    Finish off with something sweet like the Nutella, marshmallow and rice crispy sandwich or a selection of baked goods from their harvest table.

    Drinks
    Fresh pressed juices like the banana, pineapple and ginger will convert the most suspicious. Try one of Betty's rainbow gin cocktails with berries, rosemary and black pepper, or a glass of bubbly. A curated list of wines and beer from the area are also available or you welcome to bring your own with no corkage fee.

    Service
    The restaurant is busy throughout the day but staff still ensure that you are well looked after with an efficient, fun experience.

    Ambience
    Unassuming from the outside the interior is bright and airy with pops of yellow and clever design elements. The quirky, clean space buzzing with chatter and delicious aromas allow you to forget momentarily that there are no sea views.

    Best for...
    Brunch with family and friends and a unique, comforting food experience.

    (2018)

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  • Katharine Jacobs

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    Celia Rabie’s pretty brunch-and-lunch spot is guaranteed to lift your mood with its pops of yellow and all sorts of quirky touches. The sunshine floods into the food, too. Try a yellow breakfast made with corn fritters, scrambled eggs, yellow peppers and tomatoes, or a yellow salad loaded with pineapple, passion fruit, sweetcorn, almonds and coconut flakes. Other innovative dishes include coconut, lemon and poppyseed toast with mascarpone and caramelised fruit.

    Pancakes also feature. Try the peanut butter and banana pancakes for breakfast, or the salmon pancakes with smoked salmon, guac and baby spinach for lunch.

    Other lunch options include a monster pulled pork burger or the very green Thai green curry, available as a vegetarian option, or with fish or chicken. Everything is freshly, lovingly prepared and tastes as good as it looks.

    For pudding, try the lemon meringue or caramelised apple-crumble pancakes.

    Drinks

    Jewel-toned fresh juices will offset even the most indulgent of breakfasts – else, augment your breakfast with a glass of bubbly. There are also gin and tonics made with Hope on Hopkins gin and good coffee. They don’t charge corkage; you can BYOB for free.

    Service

    Friendly and efficient.

    Ambience

    Hermanus’s Main Road – facing away from the sea – might be considered one of the less auspicious locations, but the hand of a designer is evident in the stylish interior. The palette of white and wood, with pops of yellow and royal blue, makes this the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch. (And you can always go and look at the whales afterwards!)

    And…
    It’s also child-friendly, with a range of kid’s options on the menu.

    (October 2017)

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User reviews

  • Food was amazing, service excellent, great cafe vibe!
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  • A trip to Hermanus is not complete without a visit to Betty Blue. Food is fantastic and the service even better! And that cream cheese dipping sauce for the pancakes is stuff that breakfast dreams are made of.
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  • They are one of my favour places to visted, when I visted hermanus with friends. The food is always amazing and tasty. Friendly waiters too
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  • Dit is een van die beste, rustigste en vriendelikste eetplekke waar ek gereeld heen ontsnap saam met n vriendin of familie. Die kos is uitstekende en die diens uit die boons te rakke. Selfs die kinders kan tuis voel met geregte net vir hulle. Baie Dankie Celia vir die Klein stukkie Hemel in Hermanus.
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  • One of my favorite spots in Hermanus! Betty Blue is always filled with smiles, whether it’s the friendly staff or it’s happy customers. The food is delicious and it has a vibrant atmosphere. Definitely worth visiting! 🍋🍍🥞🍳
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  • I love Betty Blue! My favourite place for coffee and pancakes. Innovative presentations and good food. Big portions. Very friendly staff and owners. You can go to Betty's alone or with a big group of friends. Even if you go there alone, you might bumb into friends.
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  • Amazing!!! Best food and host!
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  • Wow wow...what a gem in the heart of Hermanus. I read about it and it did not disappoint. The decor is interesting with beautiful splashes of yellow. The food was just fantastic. The menu had many interesting options and combinations. Even though pancakes are their speciality there were many other interesting options and some fun items for kids. We tried both the savoury and sweet pancake options. We tried both the pulled pork and Bobotie pancake and it was so full of flavour and just simply delicious. The pancake wrapped around it was light and fluffy. The sweet pancakes where just so beautifull to look at and even yummier to eat. Had the pleasure of meeting the owner who was every bit as hospitable and vibrate as this gem bistro . The service was quick and done with a broad smile. This is definitely a place to visit on anybody's trip to Hermanus.
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  • Always a favourite visit when we're in Hermanus - we went three times this holiday. The service is incredible and the food is delicious and the portions generous (favourites are the red breakfast and the eggs Benedict, and the kids love dipping pancakes into the cream cheese frosting, while sipping juices in bear-shaped bottles!). They are very welcoming of children, and maintained their excellent standards through a very busy season. The owners are hands-on and it shows.
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  • Have been a couple of times and it is always, hands down our favourite part of the whole trip.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
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  • Serves food
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