The menu offers a selection of homely dishes for both breakfast and lunch, with the welcomed addition of a lunchtime specials menu that plays host to some slightly more eclectic dishes.
For breakfast it’s comfort and affordability all the way, with ‘Tummy Warmer’ bowls of oatmeal featuring a number of toppings; omelettes served with freshly baked buttermilk bread; simple scrambled eggs, beans and bangers; their famed Meppel pancakes (Dutch baked pancakes) with a range of sweet and savoury toppings; and the not-to-be-missed Eggs Mirza: eggs baked in a spicy aubergine-and-turmeric tomato sauce – their own take on shakshuka.
Lunch sees a wonderfully diverse selection of snacks, light meals and hearty plates. The snack selection has everything from hummus and crudités to potato spring rolls and beef croquettes. For a light lunch you can opt for avo on toast, creamy chicken livers on a roll or a spicy chickpea-and-spinach stew with couscous. And for something a little more substantial, choose between their selection of generous salads, chunky sandwiches and specials. The specials see the chef going in a more pan-Asian direction with dishes like prawn laksa, chicken and tofu chow mein and Kashmiri curry. Every dish is made with love, presented beautifully in quirky and kitsch crockery and tastes of home: it’s simple, flavourful food that’s often slightly spiced with warming tones of turmeric and cumin.
With South African favourites like bran rusks, home-baked biscuits and cakes on offer, the sweet selection lends itself more to mid-morning or afternoon tea than dessert.
They’ve recently acquired their liquor licence and have curated a wonderfully affordable wine list with mark-ups that will make you breathe a sigh of relief rather than grimace. You’ll also find their Brixton bitter on tap and an unpretentious list of classic cocktails perfect for brunching. Also on offer are fresh juices, excellent coffee, organic Karoo lemon juice and a wide assortment of teas.
The staff are charming, sincere and well-informed. It’s one of the most welcoming restaurants in Johannesburg. Dining here is a breeze.
It’s gorgeous. The interior and courtyard were designed by artist Justin Brett to reflect the colours and textures of Brixton Ridge: muted pastel walls and sleek wooden furnishings, retro details at every turn – it’s a sleek and stylish ode to the 70s. The sunlit courtyard is dotted with succulents spilling from pots, beautiful mosaic walls and simple furnishings. It’s the perfect place to while away the day or catch the morning sunshine.
Weekend breakfasts, afternoon drinks, sitting and reading a book, work lunches.
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There's a breezy, retro-chic new kid on the block, tucked into a little corner of Brixton, offering value-for-money breakfast and lunch options in a perfectly designed light-filled space with quirky little touches that throwback to the kitsch elements of the 70s and 80s. If you're over 35, nostalgia may be kindled by the familiar ugly-funky chairs or the naughty knotty pine cladding or the breeze blocks themselves; while the under-35s will still appreciate the hip. happening vibe, the budget-friendly food choices and the free wifi.
On my first visit I met a friend for brunch at 11 am and we remained there through a late lunch till closing time at 5pm. That ensured my return. Repeatedly. With an emphasis on fresh, healthy food balanced by just-sufficient choices in the comfort food and wickedly decadent departments, the menu invites patrons to pick and choose and linger awhile. During the week, this is a perfect coffice. On weekends, it's a lekker spot for a leisurely brunch with friends and family.
The colourburst mural and succulent plants in the sun-drenched courtyard are harbingers of a parade of succulent aromas, sights and flavours. The colourful palette is created by visually enticing food presented on an array of fabulously mismatched crockery placed on the tile-topped tables. From fragrant leaf tea poured into a paper-thin antique bone china cup and saucer (which I instantly coveted), to creamy oatmeal topped with the autumnal hues of caramelised nuts and dried apricots offered up in turquoise porcelain that evokes Miami art-deco, Breezeblock delivers a feast for the senses. With neither pretension nor fancy embellishments, it's refreshingly down-to-earth and offers unobtrusive yet attentive service.
One of the cheapest meal options is a melodic pairing of avocado and harissa on homemade buttermilk toast; another is an aromatic chickpea and spinach stew. Both are transcendental taste experiences. Proving that tasty wholesome food needn't cost the earth.
The warm salad of lentils, yellow cherry comatoes, sundried tomato, chickpeas, bell-pepper and carrots, topped with optional feta (other topping options are blue cheese or bacon) is a winner. As are the Lebanese-style eggs and the variety of omlettes on offer. The sandwich options, made with health or buttermilk bread, are pretty damn good too. As is the coffee,
Have a sweet-tooth? Treat it with some pancake love. Topped with crumbled speculaas (Dutch spice cookies) and ricotta; or mascarpone and berries. Savory options are also available if sweets leave you cold.
I could go on singing the praises of the breeze that wafted this new hangout into my 'hood; but I'd rather just urge you to come see for yourself. I'll probably be there when you do.