Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Boston Coffee serves a limited menu of sourdough toasted sandwiches and all-day breakfast to its all-sorts clientele. Look out for special offers such as their Pulled Pork Fridays, when they serve a monstrosity of a toasted sandwich – piled up and bursting at the seams with juicy pork, coleslaw and corn.
The Mexican – a jam-packed toastie with mince, feta, tomato, garlic, cheddar, caramelised onions and jalapeños – will hit that spicy, but sweet itch that you've been dying to scratch. The breakfast menu offers items such as the smoor and scramble (sourdough bread topped with perfectly crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, smoor and jalapeños) and the Dagbreeker (deliciously simple offering of a coffee of your choice, two fried eggs on toast and a homemade sweet mustard that accompanies all the sandwiches).
If you have a sweet tooth, try the chocolate croissant, a bite-sized brownie or any of the muffins on offer (they’re always fresh).
It's been a while since I asked for a coffee and was asked my flavour preferences. Boston Coffee is such a place. An order for a pour-over came with that responding query and a roast from beans from Mount Elgon, Uganda, was delivered after being filtered through the paper and extracted by hand – fruity and full-flavoured as promised. You can have Turkish coffee (prepared from a cezve), AeroPress, Chemex or cold-drip. Or you can have one of the best cappuccinos you've had in a while. If you happened to have stumbled into Boston Coffee as a non-coffee drinker (strange, but it could happen), try one of the milkshakes served in a US diner-style glass. Go for peanut butter.
You order at the counter, but the service is still great. Food and drinks are brought out promptly, with a smile and a quick chat. The staff genuinely like working here. It’s abundantly apparent from their uninhibited banter.
Everyone gets high-fived, even if it’s your first time, and the regulars seem as if they’re a permanent fixture of this neighborhood favourite. Here you’ll find trendy top-knots, beanies and beards comfortably sharing a table with the uncle down the street.
Return visits for your caffeine fix, whiling away time chatting with friends or playing some of the offered games on the tables.
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The selection is small, especially for an all-day eatery, with just sandwiches and a breakfast selection from which to choose. The sandwiches are impressive, each made with toasted sourdough and a homemade mustard. They come elegantly stacked and perfectly crisp, with fillings options ranging from chicken and mayo to mince, feta and garlic. The most expensive is priced at R60 and the same goes for the breakfasts. Each of the four breakfasts comes with toasted sourdough lovingly spread corner-to-corner with butter. For the ‘Sourdough Scramble’, that means your toast is topped with bacon, perfectly scrambled eggs and a smattering of feta cheese and baby tomatoes. The ‘Boston Breakfast’ is as simple yet delicious: two rashers of bacon with two scrambled eggs, sourdough and a bean smoor. Each element is served in its barest simplicity yet is undeniably enjoyable.
There’s a small selection of pastries available, with pleasant options like chocolate croissants, danishes and mini brownies. If available, grab a slice (or five) of the life-changing chocolate cake.
You might find yourself at a loss if you’re at all picky or have any dietary considerations. Most dishes have cheese, bacon or bread, disqualifying quite a few groups of eaters – but if you don’t fall into one of those then you’re in luck, because there’s truly no other reason to skip breakfast here.
It’s not called Boston Coffee for nothing. All your caffeine favourites are available, as well as some more exotic options like Aeropress coffee, vacuum pot coffee, pour-over coffee, cold-drip and Turkish coffee. They’re well priced and more than their money’s worth. If you’re not a coffee-drinker, you could opt for a rooibos latte, hot chocolate or one of the many milkshakes. (There’s even a flat-white flavoured milkshake.)
You’ll be greeted at the counter with a high five and constantly tended to with a smile and ridiculous amounts of enthusiasm. Each member of staff seems to be having a jolly good time and it’s near impossible not to let it rub off on you.
This is a local gem through and through. Boston’s residents flock to this spot that accommodates far more than it seems it should. There’s more than enough outside seating for pleasant days and smaller inside space is great for any seeking respite from the sun. The chalkboard wall behind the counter is covered in everything you need to know about coffee.
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