Kick off your day with slow-cooked, creamy coconut oats in a dish called Toot, Toot, Tootsie. Indeed, a toot of whisky cream is one of five the topping options, but the combo of rosewater syrup, fresh berries and coconut cream is highly recommended. All your fave breakfasts are here, like the eggs Benedict, the dramatic Under the Blanket, with an egg-white omelette, homemade tomato chutney, mozzarella, caramelised onion and pale mushrooms. Breakfast bubbles are par for this course.
Café del Sol TRE lunches and dinners can be composed from the same menu. The afternoon snacks are unusual too; think polenta fingers with dipping sauces. The fun titles for the dishes belie the seriousness of the chef’s knowledge of flavours – not all faithfully Italian by any means. Guests can choose from traditional sections like carpaccio, gnocchi, risotto and pasta, but will find many surprises on the plate.
Two generations of producing risottos within the Treccani family doesn’t go amiss. The oxtail risotto is perfection, every rice pearl perfect, the richness seeped in, with bright confetti of crisped root vegetable shavings lying lightly on top. The Black Lightning papardelle, made on site, of course, is silky with whisky, mushrooms and cream flavours, plus a truffly hint, resting on a forest floor of crispy, earthy and dark mushroom rubble.
A carpaccio that cannot be beaten for flavour, Makin’ Whoopee, sports layers of sweet vegetables and sour fruit, with salty pistachios and goat’s cheese. Also try the super salads and a great main of sous-vide rooibos-smoked duck, served with grilled spring peaches, smoky jus and richly buttered mash with real vanilla.
A dessert special that has made it onto the menu for good reason is a wondrously naughty arrangement in glass of homemade fig ice cream, gorgonzola mousse, grape or pomegranate pearls, and crisp pumpkin-seed melba toast. If you love affogato, the version here has all the tastes, textures and temperatures in one stunning caffeine feast.
There are 20 gin cocktails slung by mixologist Julian Short, and there are gins on tap. There’s a full menu of wines by the glass, which is fun for celebrating each dish differently. On it are loads of French bubbles (including Taittinger), prosecco, SA MCCs (including a Jacques Bruére at R55 a glass), as well as a very intriguing selection of reds and whites from SA and France. For something lighter, sip on mixed juices or freshly brewed coffee from Parkhurst local roastery, Urban Grind.
It’s bound to be good at Café del Sol TRE, with Ryan and Chiara, or even their mother Luciana in the vicinity. Food and drinks arrive surprisingly swiftly, staff are engaging, and booking and paying is a dream.
“It’s our wild child,” says Luciana proudly of the art-deco restaurant. “Our grand passion.” The golden Chrysler-building-style deco elements work well in restaurants and this one has curated them more carefully into pelmets, seating and glass detailing. The slightly wicked décor is a large part of the glitzy attraction, and most other patrons seem to find the quirky names fun and enjoy making drinks decisions.
TRE stands for the three Treccani family members involved, and for being the third Café del Sol restaurant. The family's name also means three dogs in Italian dialect.
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Had a delightful lunch at Cafe del Sol Tre. The art deco style and decor of Tre is just beautiful! The ambience is that of a high end foodie spot. We sat outside for lunch, and had the Ragu and a Waldorf type salad. The original Cafe del sol always shined when it comes to pasta and this was again the case. The salad was also fresh and delicious. The service from our waiter was excellent. Wonderful experience all in all.