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BICCCS (Waterkloof)

BICCCS (Waterkloof)
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Cost
R45 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Café fare, Coffee, Deli fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Alida Ryder

Food
BICCCS is well-loved in Pretoria and is often packed with professionals grabbing a quick bite and freelancers working away on laptops while enjoying their coffee. They offer a range of sandwiches, wraps and snacks as well as bakery items which are truly delicious. The freshly baked croissants are crisp and buttery and are just perfect when enjoyed with one of their many coffees. In summer months (or anytime the craving strikes), enjoy their home-made gelato in interesting flavours like Liquorice Allsorts, rose water and pistachio.

Drinks
Their coffees are excellent and are prepared using their signature BICCCS coffee beans which are 100% Arabica, certified organic and free trade. They also offer delectable milkshakes made from their daily gelato flavours .

Service
The service is friendly and efficient. Staff are always at hand to offer you a re-fill on your coffee.

Ambience
The restaurant has a very laid-back feel to it. Sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while having a quick coffee or grab a table inside to enjoy their baked goods at your own leisure.

And...
Try their succulent rotisserie chickens to take home. They make a great lazy dinner when paired with one of their fresh ciabattas and a simple salad.

(September 2016)

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    Owner Fortunato Mazzone has pitched things perfectly with this eatery. The quality is supreme and the prices competitive. There’s no rush and clients are left to linger as long as they wish. From their creamy scrambled eggs to the crusted herb chicken, coffee any style you want and always the best, Giovanni’s ciabatta and more varieties rolled out constantly, everything is top notch. To crown it all, there’s homemade ice cream bursting with flavour. It’s exactly what you want from this type of venue: quality at a competitive price. Enjoy excellent coffee and toasted sandwiches made with ciabatta, which is enough to get you drooling.

    Drinks
    Their coffees are delicious and if that’s not your bag, try a milkshake made of the gelato of the day.

    Service
    They are a well-trained group, always trying their best.

    Ambience
    There’s a nice flow of conversation and you’re very likely to bump into an old friend or colleague. If you’re there to relax, the comfortable couches beckon, but you can also slip into the back to get some pressing work done, as the coffees are kept fresh and constantly coming.

    And…
    They have just opened a BICCCS Express at the Moreleta Motors Shell Ultra garage on Rubenstein Drive, where you can get your morning cappuccino with crispy croissants in your car while you wait.

    (August 20015)

  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    You get exactly what you want from this type of venue: quality at a competitive price. To give an idea of what they specialise in, the name stands for bread, ice cream, cake, croissant, coffee and sandwich.

    Enjoy excellent coffee and drool-worthy toasted sandwiches on ciabattas. One of their latest innovations is a rotisserie chicken stuffed with grilled lemon and herb crust – it’s quite delicious.

    Watch out for anything new that might slip onto their menu, like an adventurous ice cream flavour as part of the creamiest range ever. But you can also grab some of the traditional vanilla or chocolate flavours and savour the intensity. You’re assured of fantastic quality at affordable prices.

    Drinks
    They don’t serve wine but, as they're Italian (the franchise is run by the Mazzone family of Ritrovo Ristorante fame), they have excellent coffee in whichever form you want it, from espresso to cappuccino.

    Service
    Everything runs smoothly, with long-serving staff members who are like family and treat regulars as such.

    Ambience
    They’re smart in the way they've set their own style, with comfy couches for those who want to relax, or a more formal section for business meetings and those who want to get some work done. It's the kind of place where you can spend time if you need to catch up with work or a friend or grab a coffee on the run.

    And…
    Don't leave without some of the best bread around (the recipe is a family secret) or a large tub of ice cream in your favourite flavour.

    (July 2014)

  • Favoured by many from Pretoria’s diplomatic corps – and rightfully so. Food icon Fortunato Mazzone’s flagship BICCCS (bread, ice cream, coffee, cake, sandwiches) offers a modern twist on Italian corner-café food. There’s a great lounge atmosphere, whether you want to dine solo or gather around a boisterous table of amici or famiglia. Thick pizza crusts are infused with rosemary and garlic napoletana sauce. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    They’ve got the recipe down pat. You can pretty much try anything on the menu, and the quality will match the value, time and again. If you don’t order their special Giovanni-styled ciabatta and some of their extraordinary homemade ice cream to eat-in, then take some home. Check with the affable Gavin van Zyl whether there’s something special he recommends. He’s constantly experimenting with new ideas.

    Wine
    No alcohol allowed.

    Service
    With the hands-on Van Zyl around, the staff are running and ready to serve with a smile.

    Ambience
    You can’t get more laid back and relaxing than this, with comfy loungers inviting you to stretch out. If you want to do some serious work, the café-style interiors offer more privacy.

    And...
    It’s the kind of place where everybody is made to feel special. (DdeB, October 2012)
  • Josef Talotta

    The Waterkloof branch is favoured by many from Pretoria's massive diplomatic corps – and rightfully so. Food icon Fortunato Mazzone's flagship BICCCS (Bread, Ice-Cream, Coffee, Cake, Sandwiches) offers a modern twist on delicious, authentic Italian corner-cafe food. There’s a great lounge atmosphere, whether you want to dine solo, with a coffee and the morning's newspaper, or gather around a boisterous table of amici and/or famiglia. A highlight, delicious in its simplicity, is a slice of pizza. Expect a two-inch thick rosemary-flavoured bread-crust with garlic-infused Napolitana sauce and the just the right amount of mozzarella. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Great Coffee! Great service! Lovely ice-cream. Relaxing. BUT Very dull food. Had the lamb wrap and chicken mayo toasted sandwich. Lacked flavour and inspiration.
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  • Coffee, pastries, and gellato are worth the trip. Skip if you're looking for a decent sandwich.
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  • I went there just looking for a decent cup of coffee, and found the best cappuccino's in Pretoria. Will be a regular ......
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  • For a causal, relaxing hangout with good food - recommended!

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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