The menu has a wide-ranging variety of café type dishes with some interesting twists, as made evident, for example, by one of their daily special dishes of smoked salmon on seed loaf lathered with avocado and finished with a soft poached egg, capers, hollandaise sauce and orange zest. The citrusy flavour adds a pleasant dimension to the salmon-and-poached egg combination and comes highly recommended. The breakfast menu overall is quite generous, with numerous options for those wanting a traditional meal. Their sandwiches also stand out with combinations that are anything but standard. Think: grilled halloumi, Asian salad or toasted pumpkin seed sarmie, or prosciutto, tomato, rocket and padano shavings sarmie – no normal grilled tomato and cheese or chicken and mayo here, which is why customers can also expect to pay a little bit more than they would at any other average corner café. Breakfast dish prices range from R49 (for a small breakfast – an egg, bacon, tomato and toast) to R98 (hollandaise – two poached eggs on toasted seed loaf with baby spinach, basil, roasted cocktail tomatoes, prosciutto/smoked salmon, and hollandaise sauce). Lunch is served from noon and includes a mixed range of burger-type dishes, steaks, seafood, salads and pizzas with additional choices of wheat-free and banting bases. Traditional desserts such as baked cheese cake, lemon meringues and brownies.
There are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, hot and cold, with the standard options of caffeine-based drinks and well as fresh juices and smoothies, among others. There are also draughts on tap, some local craft beers (Jozi Blonde and White Dog Saison, among others from Agar’s Brewery), and a variety of wines, which are also sold by the glass.
The staff is warm and efficient in seating customers. The service between being seated and getting a menu is a bit slow. You might have to ask for a menu, or get the attention of a waiter swiftly passing by with eyes averted away from you to ask for a menu. The food is prepared and delivered quite promptly though – and this is obviously subject to the kind of meal you are ordering, but, again, the waiters do not seem very attentive as they only approach the table to take the order, to place cutlery on the table, and to serve the meal. While dining, there is no one checking to find out how the meal is. Again, prepare to hail down the waiters who seem intent on avoiding eye contact with guests if you require anything while eating.
The venue is large, open and warm. The staff make every effort to seat guest comfortably without placing them on top of each other, which is a big plus for a place as busy as this. There is a friendly vibe, with interesting art on the walls and an overall attractive and modern feel, with shelves bearing pot plants as well as jars and tins of preserved fruit.
This is a great place to take family with young ones out for breakfast or lunch a cold winter day as it is warm and child-friendly.
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This is a good old-school local favourite serving familiar dishes like pizzas, pastas, burgers and gourmet hot dogs. Starters include tempura gherkins served with caramelised onion and chive aioli, as well as grilled halloumi, wrapped in prosciutto and served with sweet chilli and rocket. The squid in a light crisp batter is to be recommended; accompanied by a soy sauce with just a hint of chilli, it is just what’s needed to kick of a laid back meal. Moving on to mains: the pizza with chicken, coriander and chilli on a light, crisp base really hits the spot. After spotting a pasta machine halfway through the meal, I decide to have pasta on my next visit – particularly the version adorned with prawns, chorizo, red onion, lime leaf, tomato, chilli, garlic, white wine and feta. There are also some good options for vegetarians, including a salad with butternut, basil and blue cheese, and a sandwich of grilled halloumi, Asian salad and toasted pumpkin seeds, with a choice of rye, seed or French loaf. Desserts include an ever so creamy classic crème brûlée and some old time favourites like brownies with vanilla ice cream, baked cheesecake and lemon meringue.
A good, basic wine selection that includes mainly local wines. The prices are quite reasonable, averaging at around R38 by the glass and R110 per bottle.
Warm and friendly – everyone is made to feel welcome. It’s the kind of reception and service that makes you want to stick around.
The feeling is of a local, laid back bistro. An open plan kitchen allows you to peek at the food being prepared. Aside from the spacious interior, there is an outside seating area as well.
The restaurant is child friendly.
What started out as a small corner café quickly picked up a cult following amongst locals. Fast forward eight years later, Corner Café had no other choice but to add ‘bistro’ to their name. Still as loved by their local fan base as at the start of their culinary journey, the menu is packed with well-rounded variety that keeps the masses well fed.
Salads, pizza, pasta, steak rolls and hearty breakfasts are all on offer, with a host of daily specials thrown into the mix. Portion sizes, it should be noted, are generous. It can make it hard to decide, especially if you live in fear of the dreaded restaurant syndrome of order envy.
The salad with seared scallops, pancetta, caramelised pear, and the chicken salad with watercress and baby spinach make eating your greens easy. If salad isn’t quite up your alley, opt for something a bit meatier: the ‘rump & roll’ is sure to satisfy. Beautifully grilled rump with flavours of lemon, garlic, Dijon mustard and parsley, served on a Portuguese roll with some chips on the side, make for a delicious and well-priced meal.
On the pasta front, there are a host of choices to tempt the appetite, including a delectable-sounding version with prawns, chorizo, red onion, white wine, cream and feta.
A fair selection of spirits and wine is on offer, as well as soft drinks and fresh fruit juices. A few craft beers also make an appearance; opt for a cold Jack Black draught or something interesting from Darling Brewery.
The service is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly – everything you’d expect from your local corner café. Not to mention smiles all round, which adds to the charming atmosphere.
The bistro is located in a large space, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It’s an uncluttered venue with an almost industrial, New-York-loft-type feel. The open kitchen means that diners get a glimpse of their meals being prepared.
The pizza oven is decorated in gorgeous white and blue mosaic work; it’s an eye-catching feature that’s as decorative as it is functional.
Nice little hidden gem! Awesome food! The burgers are awesome.
Our friends' dinner club chose this neighbourhood restaurant for our latest get-together, and a great choice indeed!
The smallish dinner specials menu offered mushroom soup, proscuitto and haloumi, and zuccini chips for starters and fillet, calamari and chicken breast (amongst others). All choices were excellent! Good desserts as well...
We also enjoyed a red blend from the good wine list, reasonably priced.
The service can be somewhat less attentive at times, although the overall experience was very enjoyable. For such a large (and busy!) venue, the atmosphere is brilliant, not too noisy, even with the live jazz music!
Will definitely return, soon!