Former owner of Vanilla Café and owner of Lucy's Cake Shop, Lucy Markewicz brings her culinary skills to this container restaurant in the garden of one of Durban’s newest boutique hotels. Breakfasts include the usual takes on Benedict or super-fluffy organic scrambled eggs. At tea-time, you’re invited to some of the best baking in Durban, while lunches are light and leisurely.
A chilled list, compact, quaffable and accessible to the ladies who lunch.
Young, manicured and competent.
It’s the funkiest ‘mjondolo’ in town, with zany wallpapers, baroque mirrors and beaded lights inside. Spill out under the trees with herbs in brightly coloured plastic Dachshund troughs. Certainly a talking point!
This is one of the trendiest spots to been sitting sipping a latte and digging into decadent pastries. They have bi-monthly specials, so pop by and check them out. (FC, October 2012)
Quick update on Freedom Cafe.
I've been pleasantly surprised by the integrity of Lucy. She went beyond the call of duty to make our sour experience a sweet one. Her commitment to valuing what her patrons say is evident and because of this, I will return to Freedom Cafe.
I hope her staff share her passion and make people feel as welcomed as the warmth that she exudes. - Maryam
April 28, 2014
I was really impressed with the layout and decor of the cafe, it created a cool atmosphere. The concept is great.
However, the service was not the best. Firstly, we waited about 20min to get our drinks and had to eventually flag down a waiter to take our food order after waiting another 30min. It wasn't even particularly busy.
My friends ordered burgers which were delicious.
I ordered the pulled chicken taco which actually ended up being a chicken tortilla. I wasn't impressed.
I wrote a comment on their Facebook wall which they then deleted. In my opinion, very unprofessional.
It's a shame that a café with such a great concept, great dishes and full of potential can be overshadowed by bad service and an apathetic attitude towards well-meaning customers.
Needless to say, I will not be returning.
First time there after hearing so much about it. Wow...truly awesome venue - I could see my house being built like that! However, drinks order took some time. Cappuccino and orange juice. Food timing was not bad, if a little on the long side and had to pay bill inside as it was taking some time. But, seriously do try it. Very similar to something that I have been looking at opening - but Neils design panache is definitely better than mine. Good luck!
We were there sometime late December at lunchtime. We loved the decor and the location. We loved the food but, unfortunately, so did the flies that kept disturbing us. When we asked the waitresses and management, they said theres nothing they could do about the flies. We were so disgusted and we eventually just gave up and left! I hope they have fixed the problem. Its such a great place otherwise.
Great food, awesome decor - just unfortunate that no where on any website or when we booked for the Tuesdays supper club did it say that we would have to pay for the two people who didnt arrive. This should be pointed out to you when you book, or on arrival if the manager can see there is only 14 of you he should at least made you aware of this fact.Considering it is R180 each per person for a set menu this added quite a lot to our bill and unfortunately a bad after taste.
Maybe it was just a bad day,( There were plenty of waitresses and waiters around but they never took our order. The coffees arrived promptly and then our waitress told us to wait 5-10mins before she would take our order, as a table of 11 had to be seen to, first. After 30mins, we hailed our waitress to be told, once more, that she would not take our order before the table of 11 had been seen to. She said this would be in the region of another 30- 35 min wait. What? Wait one hour before we could order our breakfast???Lovely spot but heck no!ByeKate
Freedom Café, the brainchild of ad man, design guru, award-winning cookbook writer and entrepreneur Neil Roake, is the hottest new venue in town.The restaurant is housed in a red shipping container, expanded with glass. The concise menu is supplemented by daily specials, and all the dishes are as attractive on the plate as they are on the palate.Exotic mushroom tarts, fresh mussels in a roasted red pepper and pancetta sauce, pork, chorizo and portobellini mushroom terrine with red onion and pink peppercorn vinaigrette, and smoked Franschhoek salmon on zucchini fritters are typical fare.