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Café Roux

Café Roux
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers, Café fare
Payment
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Critic's review

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Food
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.

Drinks
An affordable wine list offers several easy-drinking options. Coffee comes courtesy of local roasters, The Village Roast.

Service
Can be a little slow when the restaurant is packed.

Ambience
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.

And…
The owners play host to a fairly impressive line-up of live musicians and comedians. Check the website for upcoming shows.

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  • Richard Holmes

    Food
    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.

    Drinks 
    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.

    Service
    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.

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    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.

    And… 
    A schedule of live music brightens up Wednesday nights, with the likes of Watershed and Jack Parow performing here.

    (July 2014)

     

  • Food
    Fresh, flavourful and reasonably priced café fare. Everything from decadent burgers and rich breakfast favourites like eggs Benedict to healthy options like smoked salmon wraps or quinoa salad with toasted seeds, spinach and mint dressing will please every palate all day long. Daily specials up the ante with delicious pastas, excellent fish dishes and fragrant curries.

    Wine
    A compact list of great boutique choices at reasonable prices.

    Service
    Lovely personalised service caters to regulars.

    Ambience
    With over half the seating enjoying the picnic table alfresco vibe of Noordhoek's farm village, this is the place to be on a sunny day. without the frills. A family-friendly garden courtyard setting.

    And...
    This spot is super child-friendly. Little ones can enjoy both the outdoor and indoor play areas, as well as a separate kiddies’ menu. (LM, October 2012)
  • Linda Scarborough

    A 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)

User reviews

  • We were told about going to the Noordhoek Café! And loved it! It was very busy and very full but we got a nice spot outside and ordered some dessert. Everyone on the table had a different dessert and everyone loved it! I would highly recommend their Lemon Meringue tart. I love the outside seating, the atmosphere, the live entertainment they have at times and the general feel.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • We would like to take the opportunity to respond to the review from Marianne a week ago. At Café Roux, we strive to offer consistently good food and a great experience. We welcome criticism and feedback, although it is never pleasant to read negative comments. We appreciate Mariannes feedback and have personally fed it back to each staff member so that we can all take something from what she has to say. We encourage all of our guests to offer us honest feedback at any time as it can only make us better! Thanks. Lindi, Paul and Bern Le Roux
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  • If youre looking for an afternoon relaxing with friends and family and great food - it doesnt get better than Cafe Roux! Its more of an experience than simply a restaurant. The wonderful setting, service, food, live music all come together to make a great day out, that youll come back for again and again.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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