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Four & Twenty Café & Pantry

Four & Twenty Café & Pantry
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Café fare, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Jeanne Calitz

Food
This cheerful eatery remains a perennial favourite in the southern suburbs and it’s not hard to see why. The menu offers a wide selection of creatively designed dishes to tempt the appetite. Breakfast is served all day and draws the masses in droves – it can be hard to nab a table here, especially on weekends. It can be hard to decide what to order as well – will you go for ‘dessert’ breakfast in the form of apple, bacon and pecan streusel flapjacks? But then there is the very real temptation of the Breakfast Tartine, with porcini, poached egg and local brie on toasted briôche. Banters will also find much joy and variety here.

As for lunch, choose between a range of mouthwatering sandwiches; some truly inventive salads; substantial mains like the Bangkok burger, with sticky hoisin pork neck, cucumber and pickled ginger; and the the fish cakes, served with coriander relish, basil Hollandaise and saffron aioli, which makes for a fragrant and very satisfying meal.

The yellowfin tuna tataki salad (with pickled cucumber, beetroot, charred corn and soy beans) does not amaze on the first taste, yet after a short while the flavours seem to merge and get along very well indeed.

Drinks
A veritable smorgasbord awaits. You’ll find gourmet coffees and teas, fresh pressed juices, craft sodas, nut milks, craft beers and ciders. There’s also a nicely curated wine list with something to suit most pockets and tastes.

Service
Very welcoming, with a nice shot of friendly humour to brighten your day.

Ambience
Choose a spot according to your mood – you can linger over your lunch in a quiet corner in the courtyard at the back, or enjoy a lovely loud ladies’ brunch at one of the bigger tables near the entrance. The overall feeling is one of relaxed warmth.

And…
Be sure to leave room for something sweet, as the offering is truly exceptional. Have a peek at the glass display cases at the entrance to see what is on offer on the day. On the permanent menu, the ‘Shutupyourface Sandwich’ – chocolate cake, almond biscuit, hazelnut mousse and marshmallow crème – leaves a lasting and highly favourable impression.

(August 2017)

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  • Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

    Food
    Locally-trained chef Tracy-Leigh Genricks is clearly passionate about flavour and quality ingredients. The varied menu offers interesting choices with an international influence. For breakfast, which is served all day, the Eggs-Be-Lean (two free-range poached eggs on an aubergine, mushroom and truffle rosti with a light yoghurt hollandaise) is surprisingly delicious for something with its name.

    Lunch fare offers everything from salads to sausages – the home-made beetroot bun burger is a popular choice, which comes with a free-range lamb patty topped with blueberry compote, feta, avo and triple-cooked purple kohlrabi fries. Appealing and unusual tea-time treats are on display at the coffee bar, such as a green pea sponge cake layered with strawberry cream cheese icing, strawberry gel and a lime and vanilla curd, and this selection changes all the time.

    Wine
    There is an extensive list of teas on offer (with suggested steeping times), raw pressed juices, Bean There coffee, craft cordials and sodas. The wine list is good and there are pairing suggestions for the dishes on the menu.

    Service
    Unless you have an 8.30am reservation (the only bookings they take on Saturdays, besides for tables of five or more people), expect to have to wait to be seated. Young servers are enthusiastic and friendly, and service is usually efficient.

    Ambience
    The shabby-chic space has quirky touches, such as upside down colanders as light shades. There is an outdoor courtyard seating area, which is great in summer. The space can get quite loud when busy, which is most of the time on weekends.

    And…
    Enquire about their 3pm tea parties — it’s a great spot for a festive afternoon celebration.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • While out of the country I have been craving Four & Twenty's pie's and cheesecake. The chicken pie and accompanying salad were fresh and delicious! Exactly as I remembered! And they STILL boast the best cheesecake in Cape Town with wholesome macadamia nuts on top for good measure.
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  • Love this quirky Little spot with their mismatched furniture, beautiful crockery and out of this world pastries. If you haven't been there before check out their Facebook page to see what I mean about the pastries and cakes. They are so beautiful and the first thing you see when you walk in the doors. The breakfasts are delicious, with some odd creations like a sweet hot dog, which my boyfriend ordered and loved, and my sister swears they make the best flapjacks in the world, I on the other hand love a savoury breakfast. I had the eggs belicious, silky smooth Hollandaise, perfectly soft poached eggs and crispy crispy bacon. The coffee was tasty, however slightly cold. The service was very friendly and efficient and our waiter remembered what who ordered even though we were playing musical chairs all morning. The cafe is complimented by a pantry full of local produce, and homemade deli items. Definitely want to go back for lunch, some of the salads flying out of the kitchen looked amazing.
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  • What glorious breakfasts! We tried the flapjacks with caramelised apple and mascarpone, and the shakshuka with poached eggs. Both were huge (we took home doggy bags – from breakfast!) and really delicious. The shakshuka was particularly good: their tomato sauce is scrumptious. Not sure what they put in it, but there must be some secret ingredient. It also came with kale that had been covered in tempura batter and fried to a crisp. Possibly the first time I have actually enjoyed eating kale. The hot chocolate – made with real dark choc – was sublime, too.

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  • I recently visited Four and Twenty with a group of girlfriends for a long overdue brunch. While the food was tasty (apart for some fizzy poached pears), and our waitress was very nice and attentive, we were collectively amazed at the size of the portions (they were teeny) and the disproportionate prices linked to all the added extras. We totally get that the restaurant is committed to using high quality ingredients, but the prices do not justify the dishes served. My poached eggs came on less than a handful of mushrooms and there was no toast (I totally understanding charging extra for gluten free options but a couple of slices of toast would have made the teeny portions seems less extortionist- or at least to be told that the meal did not come with toast). To their credit, when we complained, the owners responded quickly and gave us reasons for our concerns - but its never nice leaving a place and feeling ripped off- if it was one meal or item that was disappointing its understandable, but we were all a little bleak with our choices. Tips for those planning on going: Don't go hungry, build it yourself options work out cheaper than the pre-built (same) options, and make sure to smuggle in your own soy/almond milk and honey as they come in teeny portions (think milk and honey for ants) at high prices.
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  • 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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Facilities

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

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