The no-frills fare suits the informal setting on an unpretentious country menu, which ranges from really good burgers, sandwiches and wraps to pasta and fresh seasonal salads. All dishes come with delicious homemade relishes, dressings, chutneys and toppings - many with a spicy Asian twist. Consistency and hearty portions of comfort food at value-for-money prices are a winning formula at this ever-popular crowd-pleaser at the foot of Chapman’s Peak.
One of the best breakfast spots on the Cape Peninsula tempts, with classic eggs Benedict or Florentine and signature all-day brekkies for late-risers. Watch out for the chalkboard specials, which tempt with examples like well-made pasta of the day - and fresh line-fish. Health nuts, allergy-sufferers and vegans will enjoy a special menu which tempts with super food chia seed porridge, almond milk cappuccino, wheat-germ smoothies, and a gluten-free power salad made with organic quinoa and bean-sprouts.
A meticulous focus on good ingredients really shows on the health menu. The field mushroom burger is a popular choice for vegetarians. The desserts - chocolate brownie, Eton mess and malva pudding - are a meal in themselves if you arrive in time for tea. There's also a good special kids menu with plenty of choice.
Select, reasonably-priced wine list by glass and bottle with craft beers on tap.
Family-friendly, casual al fresco dining in a sun-splashed courtyard.
Efficient and friendly, a great example of warm local tourism hospitality.
Kids have plenty to play on at the playground and lawns, while adults groove to regular music and comedy sessions starring top artists.
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Affordable, crowd-pleasing food is what you’ll find at this family-friendly café. There’s a wide-range of breakfasts, from Benedicts to breakfast wraps (which can be ordered with a gluten-free wrap if you’re so inclined) and muesli, yoghurt and fruit – also with a gluten- and sugar-free option. If you’re after lunch, kick off with creamy chicken livers with bacon or a grilled haloumi and avo salad. The Cape Malay roti wrap is filled with a slightly one-dimensional tandoori-spiced chicken and served with a simple side salad of carrot strips and lettuce. The generously portioned burgers are popular. Finish with an Eton mess or a comforting malva pudding. The meals are more home-cooked style than finessed bistro food, but seated outside with a glass of wine in hand, it’s a thoroughly pleasant experience.
An affordable wine list offers several easy-drinking options. Coffee comes courtesy of local roasters, The Village Roast.
Can be a little slow when the restaurant is packed.
This is a charming neighbourhood spot. The outdoor area is paradise in summer, and it’s cosy inside, next to the potbellied fire inside in winter. The restaurant is extremely child-friendly – especially if you nab a seat outside, where there’s a clear view of the Noordhoek Village playground.
The owners play host to a fairly impressive line-up of live musicians and comedians. Check the website for upcoming shows.
Cafe Roux knows what it does best, and sticks to its tried, trusted – and popular – formula of generous portions of flavoursome, bistro-style food. With their range of omelettes, fry-ups and filled croissants, breakfasts are a hit here, but it’s on the lunchtime menu where things get more interesting.
Starters and salads are certainly tempting, with crispy duck spring rolls or perhaps a ‘power salad’ of organic quinoa, seeds and sprouts. Then there’s a good choice of generous gourmet burgers alongside heartier mains including steak sandwiches, fragrant Cape curries and steaming pastas. A daily blackboard menu gets more adventurous with fresh fish and seasonal fare.
A straightforward wine list with a handful of choices per varietal, at fair prices. The emphasis is on easy-drinking whites and quaffable reds, with a dozen or so wines available by the glass.
Perfectly pitched for this laid-back, family-friendly bistro, the service is reliably warm, welcoming and efficient. Busy waiters do well to manage the often large tables.
With an enormous outdoor playground and covered playroom indoors, Café Roux is family-friendly through and through. On a sunny day the tables on the shady patio will encourage you to linger.
A schedule of live music brightens up Wednesday nights, with the likes of Watershed and Jack Parow performing here.
Linda ScarboroughA family-run eatery that serves up innovative, delicious salads with sensational dressings. A great spot where the kids can run and play while you enjoy a lingering lunch. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
I went to Café Roux yesterday (Sunday 4 August) after hearing so much about how great it is for families and the food is good . I was extremely disappointed. The food was grossly overpriced - R85 for a burger! Happy to pay for good food but this food was not good. We were a table of 8 so 8 main courses, everyone had something different - it was all disappointing, my meal only arrived after everyone else had finished eating because they forgot it and then it went to the wrong table, the lettuce on the side salad was brown the salad only consisted of brown lettuce and one cherry tomato halved, the roti had bean sprouts which were already going off and slimey so I had to remove them from the food, I was very disappointed I think this place is a complete rip off and I won't be back to eat - the kids play area is great however so they do at least have that going for them.
My daughter and grandchildren were out here from overseas recently and had to depart just before my birthday. It was arranged therefore that we have an early celebration together
with the children at Cafe Roux in Noordhoek - there were seven of us altogether and it was mid week.
The salad that I ordered was unfortunately full of sand and not at all pleasant to consume. I did mention this to the waiter when he eventually reappeared and he offered to replace it but by then everyone had already completed his/her meal. The restaurant staff were aware that it was my birthday as cake with a sparkler was ordered as part of the dessert.
There was not another apology from any other member of staff nor any offer of a complimentary item to make up for the unpalatable salad. We shan't be returning there even though it is a wonderful venue for children. What a pity that what was meant to be a celebration ended on a very sour note indeed.