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The House of Machines

The House of Machines
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Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Anelde Greeff

Food
Currently the eatery-bikeshop-bar is open for breakfast, lunch and snacks, but plans are underway to do Thursday and Friday nights too. It’s also one of the handful of places in the city bowl that serve breakfast on a Saturday and Sunday morning. Food suppliers include Jason and Frankie Fenner, so the grub is very decent. Breakfast includes sandwiches (like avo and tomato on rye, and toasted bacon and brie) and granola any which way you like it – with hot water, milk, yoghurt, berries, banana, honey or a combination thereof. Lunch brings sandwiches – meat, veg or the day’s special – as well as raw pizza and soup. Bar snacks are meat bowls or bacon strips. Nothing fussy or fancy. You’re here to get your caffeine (or alcohol) injection and talk about bespoke bikes, after all.

Wine
There's a good selection of wine, spirits (think fancy bourbons and tequilas) and cocktails. And obviously craft beer. If booze for breakfast is not your thing, the coffee is excellent and so is the The House juice and superfood smoothies (available in green or chocolate).

Service
The staff are remarkably chatty for a hipster locale. Perhaps it was the presence of my MacBook that warmed them to me.

Ambience
Have we mentioned the word “hipster” enough? We think you get it. Also, if you don’t mind working in the dusk (it’s fairly dark inside), it’s a pretty good place to plonk down and get some work done. The music is excellent, too. (September 2013)
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User reviews

  • The rock house of coffee. Serving legit single estate beans, the Evil twin brand is a well rounded cup waiting the be experienced. In typical rock style this is a no-fuss and clear cut experience. The americano is indeed the ideal cleanser before heading to the house beers. And you might just get some expert advice to fix your bike from one of the friendly regulars.
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  • I love The House of Machines (Thom) and am an avid fan of the old fashioned, the knobs' creek bourbon and the live music! The staff is helpful and love the art of making the cocktails... Believe it or not - their coffee is amazing! Somewhere else it's been said they are the best in Cape Town - and their flat whites are too die for... The chicken sandwich is divine, whereas the breakfasts are nice - but I wouldn't say they are known for that!
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  • Their coffee has ruined me for all other coffee. So delicious!

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  • Rather than flocking to the same ol' breakfast spots, we tried 'Street Brunch Sunday', a collaboration between The House of Machines and El Burro. Relaxed vibe sitting outside on quiet Shortmarket street and the most delicious breakfast burrito and fresh juice - will definitely be back
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  • On the strong side, Coffee, vibe, location. On the weak side, Food, almost trying too hard to be a hipster place.

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  • Really awesome vibe, no liquor license yet, though. Look forward to that.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
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