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Betty Blue Bistro

Betty Blue Bistro
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Cost
R55 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food
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, corn, almonds and coconut flakes. Other innovative dishes include coconut, lemon and poppy seed toast with mascarpone and caramelised fruit.

Pancakes also feature. Try the peanut-butter-and-banana pancakes for breakfast, or the lacy salmon pancakes with smoked salmon, guac and baby spinach for lunch. Other lunch options include a monster pulled pork burger or the Thai green curry – available as a vegetarian option, or with fish or chicken. Everything is freshly and 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 meals – else, augment your breakfast with a glass of bubbly. There are also gin and tonics made with Hope on Hopkins gin, and good coffee.

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.

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  • Graham Howe

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    The flavours are as big, fresh and vibrant as the bright splash of yellow, blue and white colours of the smart interior. Expect a matching swirl of colour in wholesome soups, salads, sandwiches and gourmet burgers in the comfort zone. Experienced local restaurateur Celia Rabie brings a playful touch to the local Hermanus café scene, showcasing seasonal ingredients, especially flowers, fruit and vegetables, on an inspired café menu.

    The delicious breakfasts, juices and salads are colour coded by ingredient from green and yellow to red and brown on an original menu with savoury pancakes (try the eggs Benedict, pulled pork or coronation chicken) and sweet pancakes (lemon meringue, milk tart or apple strudel) starring as the signature dish. Banting followers and allergy sufferers will find a great selection of health-conscious dishes from banting burgers to gluten-free cakes on the menu. The flavour combinations are clean and simple, the dishes exquisitely presented. Don’t miss the bacon flapjacks with figs and brie or the fish tacos stuffed with hake, coleslaw and crème fraiche.

    Drinks
    Good selection of Walker Bay wines - great coffee, or detox with a freshly-pressed rainbow or Popeye fruit and vegetable juice served in a jam jar.

    Service
    Warm and attentive from start to finish - from advice on the colour coded menu to signature dishes.

    Ambience
    Join the locals at a vibrant neighbourhood hang-out made for long family brunches. Very child-friendly with kids' options on the menu.

    And …
    Enjoy a free selection of newspapers over a long brunch on the whale route in Hermanus.

    (September 2016)

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  • Jeanne Calitz

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    The recently opened Betty Blue Bistro in Hermanus does not have an enormous menu, yet everything sounds (and looks) so delicious that it becomes exceedingly difficult to choose. Should you go for one of their interesting filled pancakes, perhaps the one with pulled pork, cole slaw and mint cream cheese? Or perhaps the local is lekker version with bobotie, tomato salsa and banana salad? Moving on through the menu, the dilemma continues. The range of burgers, sandwiches and light meals (like the fish tacos with deep-fried hake, slaw, pickled onions and crème fraîche) look very appealing, but then there’s also the variety of Betty’s rainbow salads, vibrantly coloured plates of which seem to be very popular, judging by other tables. These healthy dishes are entirely appropriate for spring, when the wisdom of the saying ‘summer bodies are made in winter’ starts to sink in (worryingly so). Plus, if you order the salad for lunch, then you can always have a pancake for dessert, this being a creperie after all. (Oh well.) Which is exactly what I do, delving into a yellow salad with its mix of yellow and orange vegetables and fruit. It may seem strange to find the likes of papaya and roasted butternut on one plate, or carrots and gooseberries – and yet everything is so fresh and delicious and beautifully presented, that you lose all preconceptions and just dive in. Followed by a serving of their ‘milktart’ pancake with its scrumptious milktart filling, it’s hard not to feel very pleased with life.

    Drinks
    They don’t have a liquor license yet; in the mean time, you’ll find all the regular hot and cold drinks. Most popular seem to be ‘Betty’s rainbow juices’, a range of freshly pressed juices which includes a red juice (beetroot, orange, carrot and mint) and the green ‘Popeye’ – apple, cucumber, spinach, mint and lemon. If you’re in need some wine to enjoy with lunch, you’re welcome to BYO.

    Service
    Very friendly and welcoming. This is genuine, unpretentious Overberg hospitality. After only a few weeks of business, it’s clear from the way patrons are greeted that they’ve already built up a loyal and regular fan base. This could also be ascribed to the fact that host Celia Rabie is a veteran Overberg restaurateur, with several former establishments under the belt.

    Ambience
    The décor is extremely easy on the eye – it’s a fresh, fun and vibrant space, with friendly pops of yellow, blue and white matched with light wood furniture. The only (small) point of critique is that a lack of soft furnishings – combined with bare walls – does make for a sometimes loud, echoing venue. Aside from that, it’s a stylish and welcoming spot that draws you back again and again.

    And…
    Ooh, did we mention their breakfasts? What a spread. The creative ‘Betty’s Rainbow Breakfasts’ includes a red version of shaksuka with poached eggs and feta. Then there’re some wholesome options like the cinnamon oats with poached guavas, yoghurt and almonds for if you’re feeling all healthy. And if you’re not, cast your eyes to the ‘Pancake obsessions’, where you’ll find ‘bacon dippers’: bacon flapjacks with figs and brie. And just to do away with all your good intentions, there’s the French toast with coconut, mascarpone and caramalised citrus … oh dear.

    (August 2015)

  • Jeanne Calitz

    The former owners of Burgundy Bistro have a new restaurant – and it’s quite a catch. Whether you're after wholesome and healthy, or decadent and indulgent, Betty Blue Bistro is dishing up fresh and fun food bound to have you back for more.

    Food
    The recently opened Betty Blue Bistro in Hermanus may not have an enormous menu, but everything it does have certainly sounds (and looks) delicious. So delicious, in fact, that it's pretty difficult to choose what you want to eat. Should you opt for a filled pancake, perhaps the one with pulled pork, coleslaw and mint cream cheese? Or rather, the "local is lekker" version with bobotie, tomato salsa and banana salad?

    Further down the menu, the what-to-nosh dilemma continues: The range of burgers, sandwiches and light meals – such as the fish tacos with deep-fried hake, slaw, pickled onions and crème fraîche – all look very appetizing, but then there’s also the variety of Betty’s rainbow salads – vibrantly coloured plates piled high, and which seem to be very popular, judging by what patrons at other tables have in front of them. These healthy options are well suited to spring, when the wisdom of the old adage, "summer bodies are made in winter" starts to sink in (worryingly so). I say, if you order the salad for lunch, you can have a pancake for dessert – this being a creperie, after all.

    In the end, this is exactly what I do, tucking into a yellow salad – appropriately named because of its brilliant mix of yellow and orange fruits and veggies. It may seem strange to find papaya and roasted butternut on the same plate, likewise with gooseberries and carrots, and yet everything is so fresh and delicious and beautifully presented that you lose all preconceptions and dive right in. I followed this with a serving of their "milk tart" pancake, which boasts a scrumptious milk tart filling. I must admit, it was very difficult not to feel very pleased with life at this point.

    Drinks
    They don’t have a liquor license yet, though you’ll find all the regular hot and cold drinks on the menu. Most popular seem to be the "Betty’s rainbow juices" – a range of freshly pressed juices which includes a red juice (beetroot, orange, carrot and mint) and the green "Popeye" juice (apple, cucumber, spinach, mint and lemon). If you'd rather enjoy a glass of vino with your lunch, you’re welcome to BYO.

    Service
    The service is warm, friendly and welcoming – genuine, unpretentious Overberg hospitality. After only a few weeks of business, it’s clear from the way patrons are greeted that Betty Blue Bistro has already built up a loyal and regular fan base. This could also be ascribed to the fact that host, Celia Rabie is a veteran Overberg restaurateur, with several former establishments under her belt.

    Ambience
    The décor is extremely easy on the eye, and Betty Blue is a fresh, fun and vibrant space, with friendly pops of yellow, blue and white matched with light wood furniture. The only critique is that a lack of soft furnishings – combined with bare walls – does make for a sometimes loud, echoing venue. But it's a small criticism. Aside from that, it’s a stylish and welcoming spot that's sure to draw you back again and again.

    And…
    Ooh, did we mention their breakfasts? What a spread! The creative "Betty’s Rainbow Breakfasts" include a red version of shaksuka with poached eggs and feta. Then there are some very healthy options like cinnamon oats with poached guavas, yoghurt and almonds, and some less healthy options, like the "Pancake obsessions", where you’ll find bacon dippers – bacon flapjacks with figs and brie. As if that's not bad enough, if you're happy to completely do away with any and all good intentions, there’s the French toast with coconut, mascarpone and caramelised citrus… Oh dear.

User reviews

  • What was suppose to be a quick coffee break on Saturday, quickly turned into Gin and pancakes! Yes, they now have Gin on the menu, there is a red, orange and green gin - all delicious and made with fresh ingredients. We had the cream cheese and lemon meringue pancakes, best pancakes ever! Keep up the great work Celia and team.
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  • Refreshing eatery where you are spoilt with choice of fresh ingredients in exciting combinations! I love the fresh pressed juices, red Shakshouka breafast and sweet filled pancakes! Service is effecient and delivered with a smile. It feels like eating at home but better!
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  • Where do I begin - best service i have ever had in a restaurant! Best food i have ever had (Sorry mom) ! Best pancakes i have ever had! And the most beautiful interior design! Absolutely love it!!!!
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  • This restaurant offers amazing food, excellent service, a vibrant, up-market atmosphere and patrons come back time and again. The owners are hands-on and makes you feel like part of the family. High five!!
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  • Betty Blue is a "must visit" when in Hermanus. Open for breakfast and lunch with a great innovative menu. Phenomenal food 5star service Friendly staff Awesome atmosphere Celia and staff welcome each guest with a smile and you see their passion in everything. Betty Blue is our family's favourite breakfast spot.
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  • It is rare to find a consistently excellent place to eat regardless of its approach to food but Celia at Betty Blue does it, time and time again! She delivers the sort of food (we predominantly have breakfast dishes!) that we desire to have when we are not within reach of her magic. Thank you Celia, a breath of fresh air in our lives.
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  • A visit or short stay in Hermanus is never completed if you did not visit Betty Blue in Main Street. A beautiful Bistro with modern decor and excellent service. Each plate of food, pancake, or drink that leaves the kitchen is presented in a beautiful manner. The owners are hands-on and you always feel welcome from the moment you step into Betty Blue Bistro. A little gem not to be missed!
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  • Fresh & quirky - but delivers a punch when your plate arrives. I love this place. The food is everything we talk about on a daily basis, fresh, healthy, lots of trendy ideas but they all work, exciting combinations that make you want to go home and try it out in the kitchen. The staff are incredible. Well done - you guys have done so well and created a special spot in Hermanus. You certainly have the recipe right for success. By the way thank goodness the food is so wonderfully healthy because the portions are massive!
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  • A definite gem in Hermanus. We had breakfast there on Saturday and I can recommend the Bacon Flapjacks with Brie and Fig. So much attention to detail. The kiddies apple juice even comes in a bear shaped juice bottle. We will be back again.
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  • I might just have to drive from cape town to hermanus to enjoy this bistro again. Absolutely amazing!! Friendly owner, fast waitors and flavour filled food. Number one in Hermanus
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  • I might just have to drive from cape town to hermanus to enjoy this bistro again. Absolutely amazing!! Friendly owner, fast waitors and flavour filled food. Number one in Hermanus
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  • What a find! We spent the weekend in Hermanus and I happened to be flicking through Twitter when I saw the Eat Out review for Betty Blue, which compelled us to go there for breakfast the next morning. From the decor, to the interesting and varied menu, to the delicious, generous food & incredible service, it was definitely an experience that will be repeated again and again. It's unusual to go to restaurants where your kids are treated as the most important people at the table, but ours were fussed over an made to feel so special, which in turn made us feel special! I had the Red Breakfast - a shakshuka with perfectly poached eggs, while my husband had the Brown Breakfast, again with perfectly cooked eggs, which was so filling he couldn't finish it. Top tip - don't leave without ordering a pancake with the cream cheese frosting. That sauce is out of this world! Thanks Betty Blue, you've got yourselves some new regulars.
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  • I have a serious confession to make.. I have been to Betty about 10 times in the last 3 weeks. Also, my phone is filled with gorgeous forn (food porn) and looking at them makes me need to go back for more! My absolute fav is the Green Breakfast and yes, I have shared the photo of it with numerous friends and family! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go plan my next Betty date :)
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