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Blos Café

Blos Café
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40 wine; R60 sparkling wine

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
This eatery is open from morning till late, so it’s a great allrounder. You may start the morning with an omelette with basil pesto, tomato, mozzarella and sweet caramelised onions, or pop in for lunch and dive into a gourmet burger with thin crisps, caramelised fig, bacon and Brie. Or what about their signature lamb and prune potjie, richly flavoured with cumin, coriander, paprika and cinnamon, and served appropriately with couscous? Whatever time you go, the quality will be consistent. Management have kept their heads in this new space, which is much larger than the established coffee bar in Lynnwood Road, where they first emerged. The menu is tight, with enough but not too many options, and there’s a good grip on quality.

Drinks
Their wine list is an easy drinking one. Cleverly, they brew their own beer. Combined with a healthy collection of shooters and cocktails, the choice is endless.

Service
Except for the initial rush to get you to one of their serving tables, the well trained staff are extremely efficient and take good care of their diners.

Ambience
It’s a huge venue, with tables inside and out on the stoep, which looks out over the city. Despite the abundance of space, diners can select their level of privacy. Décor has been kept simple, and the look reminds one slightly of a wild Bosveld farm with magnificent indigenous trees and bushes.

And…
They cater especially well for children, with parties and activities all part of the menu.

(August 2015)

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  • Diane de Beer

    Offering diners delicious meals from a well-thought-out menu, great service and a gorgeous view, and even purveying their own home-brewed beer, Pretoria's Blos Café won't disappoint.

    Food
    This eatery is open from morning 'til late, so it’s a great all-rounder. You may start the morning with an omelette stuffed with basil pesto, tomato, mozzarella and sweet caramelised onions, or pop in for lunch and dive into a gourmet burger with thin crisps, caramelised fig, bacon and brie. Or what about their signature lamb and prune potjie, richly flavoured with cumin, coriander, paprika and cinnamon, and served appropriately with couscous? Whatever time you go, the quality will be consistent. Management have kept their heads in this new space, which is much larger than the established coffee bar in Lynnwood road, where they first emerged. The menu is tight, with enough but not too many options, and there’s a good grip on quality.

    Drinks
    The wine list is an easy-drinking one. Cleverly, they brew their own beer. Combined with a healthy collection of shooters and cocktails, the choice is endless.

    Service
    Except for the initial rush to get you to one of their serving tables, the well-trained staff are extremely efficient and take good care of their diners.

    Ambience
    It’s a huge venue, with tables inside and out on the stoep, which looks out over the city. Despite the abundance of space, diners can select their level of privacy. Décor has been kept simple, and the look reminds one slightly of a wild Bosveld farm with magnificent indigenous trees and bushes.

    And…
    They cater especially well for children, with parties and activities all part of the menu.

  • A great spot for breakfast or lunch with kids: they can run and play on the expansive lawns while you indulge in delicious fare. The carrot cake is a favourite. You’ll love the options for tea, such as individual platters with an array of home-baked breads, flavoured hummus and delicious spreads. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    The menu sports interesting flavour combinations with funky titles. For breakfast try In The Pink, slices of beetroot and gingerbread served with chunky cottage cheese and marmalade. For later in the day, a good choice is the Chicky Mango: marinated mango on bruschetta, topped with smoked chicken fillet, brie cheese, rocket and sesame seeds. (For a vegetarian option, the chicken is replaced with toasted cashew nuts.)

    Wine
    Only La Brie and Balance (this also available by the glass).

    Service
    Friendly.

    Ambience
    The spot is comfortable, with seating inside as well as on the sunny patio, extending into the garden.

    And...
    The venue is available in the evening for small private functions. (CR, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Disappointed to say the least. The location is great but the service was exceptionally bad and slow. Loud and noisy inside the restaurant. Food was good but unfortunately the experience itself was terrible. The staff was so rude and arrogant. Dining out should be a relaxing experience not a frustrating one. Big NO for me.
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  • Wow what a night! We were greeted by a friendly hostess and a warm glow from the beautiful fire place. For starters we had the salmon carpaccio with wasabi dressing- delightful!!!! Definitely my new favourite! For mains we had the Valentine Burger. My husband orders burgers wherever we go but THIS one was chart topping! The best he's ever had! With the guacamole, glazed bacon, dukkah dusted onion ring and melted brie cheese, what a revelation! Finished it of with the Blos malva pudding. Although this is one of the local favourites, Blos took it to the next level! Moist spongy caramelized texture with hot custard...amazing!!! The ambience and atmosphere is warm, stylish and exquisite. Thank you for making it a memorable evening!
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  • Excellent evening of celebration with the family. The food is really good and the service is there when you need it without bothering you in your conversations. We will be back for more!
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  • The staff at Blos were most helpful in organizing a three course menu with an additional "flower basket" cupcake cake for my mother's 70th birthday. The small chapel was a stunning intimate venue for our party of 30, the food was excellent and the wine selection was good value. The owner Marelie was very helpful and her staff even helped decorate the venue with flowers and candles we brought. The guests were all highly impressed and we have been back several times to sample the rest of the menu, which matched the high standards we initially experienced.
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  • This restaurant has a variety of seating options. First we had breakfast inside close to the bar area. It was cozy and very inviting. The breakfaat menu had many delicious options. It was so nice we went back for lunch a couple of days later. We booked and were seated on the deck. Outside it was very quiet although there were a couple of other patrons already. We got the impression that we should be whispering. We ordered the T-bone. That was definitely the wrong choice. The pumpkin fritter ordered on the side was tasteless and very dense. We realised that we should have all ordered one of the sandwiches as that was very nice! Service was fine althouht we realised after ordering that there were specials for the day, the waitor could have indicated this.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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