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Four & Twenty Café & Pantry

Four & Twenty Café & Pantry
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  • Location 021 762 0975
  • Phone Number 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg, Cape Town
  • email info@fourandtwentycafe.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.fourandtwentycafe.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 5pm; (hot kitchen opens at 8:30am closes 3:30pm) Sunday 9am to 4pm (hot kitchen opens at 9am closes 2.30pm); Tapas-Style Dinner Thursday to Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm (Kitchen closes at 9pm)

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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Café fare, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Cathy Marston

Excellent food, beautifully-presented and warmly appreciated by the crowds of supportive fans.

Food
This French-style café and bakery has been winning the hearts of Southern Suburbs foodies since the day it opened and the enthusiasm for Marijke Duminy and Tracy-Leigh Genricks’ elaborate and decorative dishes doesn’t seem to be diminishing in any way. It’s all based around good, locally-sourced ingredients which are generally listed at length – making for incredibly more-ish sounding plates of flavour-packed food. Breakfast is available all day and if you don’t want to go for the word-heavy but yummy ‘hearty baked eggs’ with caramelised onion, spinach, tomato smoor and many more ingredients, you can’t beat the simple ‘smashed avo sumptuous’, served with the crispiest, most savoury, lip-licking bacon ever. After noon, a few more dishes are available. Try the Bangkok burger, crammed with sticky hoisin pork neck and served with little slices of prawn toast ‘fries’, or if you’re feeling healthy, the fresh summer quinoa salad with artichokes, hazelnuts, ricotta and pear and thyme dressing will make your tastebuds tingle. Many of the dishes can be made vegetarian and if you’re trying to eat low-carb, there are plenty of options for you as well, including low-carb bread from KNEAD Bakery to accompany your meal. Leave room for a cake afterwards – some people have been known to pre-order these before even sitting down!

Drinks
The wine list is well-chosen, leaning slightly towards local wineries in Constantia and Hout Bay. Plenty of thought has gone into this list, with good examples of most wines on offer, a nice smattering of wines by the 250ml carafe, and prices are fair, too. If you don’t want wine, there are some good craft beers – including an alcoholic ginger beer – and the homemade cordials are fresh and zesty on a hot summer’s day.

Service
Service is efficient and reserved, rather than chatty and friendly – this place is busy and although the staff know their stuff, you can expect delays at peak lunchtimes. A queuing system at the door ensures that people are seated in order and once you have your table, you don’t feel rushed.

Ambience
With its painted white furniture, floral cushions, wrought iron details and delicate doilies, Four & Twenty really does ooze French style and flair. Always busy, but never boisterous, this is the perfect setting for a girly lunch.

And …
If they have any almond croissants available, make sure you pick up a couple for breakfast the next day.

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  • Linda Scarborough

    Townies don’t often venture into the Mother City’s southern suburbs, but that may change once they get wind of Four & Twenty, which opened in the latter half of 2013. For those who need a break from the cool and edgy coffee shops of the city bowl, this new hotspot for breakfast and lunch in Wynberg offers a whimsical French-style café experience backed up by seriously good food.

    The food
    The menu is designed to charm and impress you, with beautifully crafted descriptions and lists of ingredients, sauces, sprinkles and garnishes to heighten your anticipation. The good news is that the food matches expectations, showing the level of thoughtfulness and care behind the scenes. Elaborate breakfasts include items like French toast with roasted strawberry and rhubarb compote, rhubarb crème patisserie, rosewater-creamed honey and toasted flaked almonds (R68); and the breakfast salad of asparagus, pan-fried oyster mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, crumbled goat’s cheese and a poached egg (R68). For brunch you could order the local crotin (goat’s cheese) wrapped in pancetta and topped with raspberries and thyme, which is baked until gooey and sprinkled with toasted pistachios before arriving with a few slices of warm crusty bread (R65). If you want a bigger meal, you could try the generously portioned fishcakes, with a moist flaky inside and a perfectly crispy panko crust, which are served with spicy coriander relish, basil hollandaise, homemade saffron aioli and a salad of Asian greens topped with chopped tomato salsa (R85). Don’t hesitate to order a salad: rest assured it will be dotted with delicious additions and gorgeous cheese. If this all sounds too overwhelming, just opt for the easier-to-digest sandwich of the day with humble toppings like chicken breast, feta, avo, honeyed aioli (okay, let this one slide) and baby rocket.

    Drinks
    Order the sweet homemade lemonade served in frosted glass bottles with sparkling or still water added. The coffee is also seriously good – good enough to impress hipster coffee connoisseurs – and the freshly blended fruit juices, like watermelon and mint, provide a refreshing start to the day.

    Ambience
    The entrance of the café takes its cue from sunlit Parisian patisseries, with a glass display case of wonders and hot pink furniture with feet. Walk up a few steps past the shelves of honey and wine and into the open-plan kitchen and main dining room, off of which leads a little courtyard with umbrellas. On a Saturday morning it’s packed, so expect quite a bustling crowd and not much space to manoeuvre. Clientele are mostly southern suburbs moms (and their moms), groups of female friends and the occasional out-of-place dad. Some families have their well-behaved children with them, but it’s not the place for grubby toddlers, and just as well. High-pitched voices can get a little much inside the main dining room, with its hard surfaces and brick walls. A (thankfully) silent movie is projected on one wall, adding a quirky touch.

    And…
    Don’t leave without buying some of the gorgeous baked goods and confections on your way out. Choose between a mini granadilla meringue tartlet, baked cheesecake topped with hazelnuts, or red velvet cupcake – or get all three. Your selection will be gently laid into a box, sprinkled with rose petals and tied up with string.

    (April 2014)
  • A great place to meet the girls for a gossip or a weekend brunch. Décor is fun with a touch of quaint quirkiness. It’s easy to lose track of time here as you while away a weekend morning or afternoon. Take some of the freshly baked pastries or brownies home with you.

User reviews

  • I love this place. Food is delicious and most dishes have an interesting twist. The carrot cake is a thing of beauty. They are busy and it is often difficult to get a table and service can be slow but it is worth the wait.
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  • Absolutely excellent Sunday treat with the whole family, such a cute cafe setting and the baked goods were absolutely delicious! A must for any sweet tooths in Cape Town!
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  • Loved this place to bits! We were a group of 14 on Easter Sunday, the service was impeccable and the food was delectable. Highly, highly recommended.
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  • What a disappointing experience. I called on Saturday morning to book a table for two and to enquire as to whether my little dog could accompany my friend and I for lunch. I was told that it would be no problem but that we would have to sit in the courtyard. Happy with that I made the booking. When we arrived for our lunch of two we were directed to the courtyard......where a function was being set up. And then told that they do not even take bookings for two? Someone had made a mistake. This happens I understand but then the only option was that we then had to sit inside and my poor pooch had to go to the car. The owner/manageress was kind and apologetic. We were then placed at a dirty table. No one helped us for 15 minutes, I had to call a waitress to wipe down the table and we were then given menus. We then waited a further 15 minutes and so called for a waitress again and ordered our glasses of wine. These took another 20 minutes to arrive. We then ordered food and it arrived with no cutlery which we had to ask for. Whilst the food was good mine did included an accidental piece of bacon which I informed the waitress about.(I am a vegetarian and this was a meat free meal). No one followed this up. We were then promptly ignored and had to put up our hands for anything. Table remained uncleared. We had to ask for the bill and then again look for attention to pay. Our waitress was not attentive and spent a lot of time slouching behind the coffee section. I know these things happen in the service industry but given the already unfortunate incident of a mistake being made with our booking and my dog having to go to the car; I would have thought that management would have taken better care to ensure that our experience from that point onward was enjoyable. Will not be returning.
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  • I have been a long-time LOVER of Four&twenty. There is nothing they can do wrong in my eyes. The owners, Tracy and Marijke, are two of the most passionate and wonderful people I have ever met. They don't take shortcuts with food, they don't take shortcuts with service. They give THE BEST you will get. They care about their food. It is not a job or a business to them, it is their life, and you can tell with how carefully each and every thing has its own informative description that has been lovingly written to make you fall in love with each and every dish, and how everything is fresh, local or free-range. They have successfully put together a team of staff that care just as much as them, which really makes the difference when you can ask a waiter and they know the exact answer. You feel cared for, and that you are in truly nurturing hands that only want to give you the best food and seating experience possible. They offer a fine-dining experience in a relaxed environment (and with big portions!) and a complete mouth-wateringly-aesthetically-pleasing-senses-tantalizing pastry counter with modernized and ultimate classics, with a few twists. NOT ONLY WILL YOU HAVE THAT, but you cannot miss their pantry. They have carefully hand-picked and collected a beautiful collection of artisan products, such as confectionery, local meats, cheeses, craft beer, and even free-range duck eggs! What more could you possibly ask for? If you don't fall passionately in love with this adorable French-style cafe, you need to check yourself!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
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  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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