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Bootlegger Coffee Company (Sea Point)

Bootlegger Coffee Company (Sea Point)
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Cost
R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Burgers, Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food
Sea Point’s artisan coffee house, Bootlegger Coffee Company, is so popular that local property developers have been known to use its proximity as a lure for buyers. Bootlegger is certainly serious about coffee, but the food offering holds its own, too. Breakfasts are made with free-range eggs and artisan bread from Ou Meul. A spinach, mushroom and roasted rosa tomato omelette is given a lift with sweet, tangy chevin goat’s cheese, and the eggs Benedict with Franschhoek salmon trout is a great example of the genre. There’s also a no-toast breakfast for banting folk, with black mushroom, roasted tomatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. You can also tackle the DIY menu, from which I can recommend the beef mince, which will make you nostalgic for childhood mince-on-toast. The lunch and dinner menu offers some hearty, well-executed burgers, open and hot-pressed sandwiches, and inventive salads, along with beef fillet, pork ribs and chicken schnitzel. A selection of tempting cakes and gloriously gooey brownies rests beneath glass cloches, and there are even wheat-free crunchies with a cinnamon kick for the gluten-challenged.

Drinks
Made from Guatemalan and Costa Rican beans roasted on the premises in a Giesen roaster, the coffee is great quality. It makes for a superlative coffee milkshake and freezerchino, and the simpler iced coffee with clinking ice blocks is very refreshing in summer. There are also smoothies and fresh juices for outsiders to the caffeine cult. In the evenings, beer and cocktail specials help to transform the coffee shop into a bar and low-key dinner venue.

Ambience
Featuring dark grey walls, golden light fittings and vintage type, the design is hip, but still welcoming. The place buzzes first thing in the morning – coffees are just R14 before 8.30am. Pull up a seat at one of the tables or perch at the windows with your laptop and enjoy the view of Sea Point’s uniquely entertaining Regent Road.

Service
Friendly and fairly snappy.

And…
There’s a generator, so they’re loadshedding proof. Most sports matches are screened on fairly unobtrusive screens. In short, it’s got everything you need from a local. There’s also a second equally popular branch further down the road in Bantry Bay, and a mini Bootlegger Kiosk upstairs in the Point centre.

(August 2015)

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    Bootlegger is certainly serious about coffee, but the food offering holds its own, too. Breakfasts are made with free-range eggs and artisan bread from Ou Meul. A spinach, mushroom and roasted rosa tomato omelette is given a lift with sweet, tangy chevin goat’s cheese, and the eggs Benedict with Franschhoek salmon trout is a great example of the genre. There’s also a no-toast breakfast for banting folk, with black mushroom, roasted tomatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. You can also tackle the DIY menu, from which I can recommend the beef mince, which will make you nostalgic for childhood mince-on-toast.

    The lunch and dinner menu offers some hearty, well-executed burgers, open and hot-pressed sandwiches, and inventive salads, along with beef fillet, pork ribs and chicken schnitzel.

    A selection of tempting cakes and gloriously gooey brownies rests beneath glass cloches, and there are even wheat-free crunchies with a cinnamon kick for the gluten-challenged.

    Drinks
    Made from Guatemalan and Costa Rican beans roasted on the premises in a Giesen roaster, the coffee is great quality. It makes a superlative coffee milkshake and freezerchino, and the simpler iced coffee with clinking ice blocks is very refreshing in summer. There are also smoothies and fresh juices for outsiders to the caffeine cult. In the evenings, beer and cocktail specials help to transform the coffee shop into a bar and low-key dinner venue.

    Ambience
    Featuring dark grey walls, golden light fittings and vintage type, the design is hip, but still welcoming. The place buzzes first thing in the morning – coffees are just R14 before 8.30am. Pull up a seat at one of the tables or perch at the windows with your laptop and enjoy the view of Sea Point’s uniquely entertaining Regent Road.

    Service
    Friendly and fairly snappy.

    And…
    There’s a generator, so they’re loadshedding proof. Most sports matches are screened on fairly unobtrusive screens. In short, it’s got everything you need from a local. There’s also a second equally popular branch further down the road in Bantry Bay, and a mini Bootlegger Kiosk upstairs in the Point centre.

    (May 2015)

User reviews

  • We've had a run of great breakfasts here. The Benedict has a lovely Hollandaise, the eggs are always bang on medium as requested, and they have rye bread on request. The savoury mince omelette is delicious too - mince can be a little oily, but very tasty. We have always had very conscientious waiters, too.

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  • We had a lovely breakfast, sitting at the high tables looking out at the buzz of Sea Point Main Road. My partner tried the banana bread French toast - which was delicious and but filling. I had the Omega breakfast with salmon, avo and olive oil - just what I needed. They're also doing functional lattes. The red velvet one is coloured with beetroot and had some cocoa in it - kind of like a pretty pink healthy version of a hot chocolate. I restrained myself from ordering the yellow (turmeric) and green (matcha) one just for the Instagram photo.

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  • I love the Bootlegger ambiance and vibe. The staff are always crazy friendly and the food does not disappoint. I would suggest their soups, made fresh every day and of course; the coffee. The half price CBC after work doesn't hurt either.
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  • They make the best coffee milkshakes! Love the decor. Can get very loud though. Maybe consider some noise damping? Also a fan of the wheat-free crunchies.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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