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Galata Bakery & Coffee

Galata Bakery & Coffee
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Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Quick meals
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Paddi Clay

Food
Go for the cheap but generous Turkish breakfast comprising menemen (a traditional dish of peppery tomatoes, green pepper, scrambled egg and melted cheese), a platter of olives, sliced tomatoes, cucumber, feta, gözleme (a freshly made cheese-filled flatbread), as well as a plump Turkish bread roll with jam, butter and honey. Almost endless glasses of Turkish tea complete this feast.

For a lunch meal or take-away, try tantuni, which is made with sumac-spiced strips of beef, onion and parsley and wrapped either in lavash wraps or served on Turkish bread. Else go for one of the beef, chicken or vegetarian burgers with chunky chips.

Drinks
No alcohol is served here, but a vacuum jug of Turkish tea served with honey is a great accompaniment and there are several other types of tea, milkshakes, cooldrinks and coffees from which to choose.

Service
Charming and helpful.

Ambience
A constant flow of stylish students and office workers keep it buzzing quietly. Décor consists mainly of old photographs of Galata and its tower above the Golden Horn on one wall and a blackboard menu another. There are tables, a counter and bar stool inside, and a handful of tables outside on Grove Square.

Best for…
A Saturday breakfast meet-up with friends before hitting the nearby Neighbourgoods Market or after a night of jazz at the Orbit.

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here

(August 2018)

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  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    If you head to Galata for nothing else, do go for the Turkish breakfast. Each guest receives a plate of fabulous tomato-and-onion scrambled eggs (menemen), fresh baguette, a little pie with spinach-and-feta filling (gözleme), feta-style cheese, olives, a generous helping of tomato and cucumber slices, and individual bowls of two types of jam, thick cream, honey and Turkish tea – it is generous and excellent value for money at roughly R50.

    The menu also offers Turkish toast of sucuk sausage and mozzarella cheese; Nutella toast with yoghurt and honey; omelettes; Turkish köfte; a Galata chicken plate; delightfully golden and alluring pide; a simit bun burger; tantuni made with either lavash or Turkish bread with tomato, onions, red peppers and beef; many lovely baked deli items such as simit, poğaça, börek, sütlaç; and other Western-style cakes such Galata tart, tiramisu, cheesecake, carrot cake, éclairs and apple pie.

    Drinks
    Galata is alcohol-free, as you would expect in most Turkish establishments. You can, however, quench your thirst on lovely Turkish coffee, espresso, linden-flower tea (ihlamur), and other Turkish teas, which are brought to the table in a large flask to preserve their heat. Turkish sodas, milkshakes and strawberry or mango smoothies are some cold drinks on offer.

    Service
    Siphosenkosi Dube, who serves us on the day we visit, provides a lively interface between the Turkish owners and ourselves. She is able to help out with various recommendations, and process our uninformed questions and requests with equanimity. This is an inexpensive little eatery frequented by many young adults and students brooding over their computers with numerous cups of espresso and cappuccinos by their side. The fact that it is affordable in no way affects the quality; it is an authentic eatery that offers good value for money.

    Ambience
    The interior is simple and functional. On mostly white walls (apart from large window through which you can see the bright red walls of an access passage next to the restaurant) hang some pretty framed pictures of the Galata Tower in Istanbul, the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet on the hill across the water, and other Turkish foodie scenes. A large service counter predominates one end of the inside area, but outside there are many umbrella-covered tables for good Joburg weather days.

    And…
    This lovely little restaurant is in the very fashionable Braamfontein area, offering an escape where you can plug in your computer and do a couple of hours of hard work. It’s right behind the Lamunu Hotel, so tourists could also make good use of the respite that this spot offers.

    (October 2017)

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User reviews

  • I don't like their cakes though... They are dry.
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  • Amazing food
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Menu

Set menu - Galata Menu - updated September 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
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