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Jarryds (Sea Point)

Jarryds (Sea Point)
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Coffee, Deli fare, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Jeanne Calitz

Food
This new kid on the block, a breakfast and lunch spot, goes the extra mile by serving breakfast all day long. And my goodness, they’ve got quite the selection.

On a health kick? Try the Bircher muesli with apple, berry compote, toasted coconut, yogurt and mint. If you like to combine breakfast and dessert (and why not?), the pancakes with strawberry compote, vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup would be right up your alley.

There’s also a section where you can build-your-own-breakfast, with loads of items from which to choose – chorizo, mushrooms, avo and halloumi, to name a few. I settle on the sweetcorn fritters with bacon, tomato relish, avo salsa, and perfectly poached eggs as the optional extra. The puffy, mildly sweet fritters form an excellent base for the rich flavours of the bacon, tomatoes and avo, the latter displaying the welcome, bright tingle of lemon juice. Generously proportioned, the dish is pleasingly presented, with lots of baby spinach and fresh micro greens to offset the richness of the other ingredients. Very good indeed.

So good, in fact, that you might be tempted to stick around for lunch. There are a couple of salads that draw the eye – including one with roast salmon, avo, capers, peas, feta and shaved fennel – and the sandwiches also hold promise. I like the sound of that Reuben sandwich with spiced beef brisket, crimson slaw and Swiss cheese. Looking at the surrounding tables, it would seem the favourite is the free-range beef burger served on a brioche bun, with onion rings, tomato relish, aioli and triple cooked chips. Bacon, cheese or egg can be added at extra cost (to your arteries as well, perhaps).

Drinks
They pride themselves on their coffee by Espresso Lab, and it is indeed expertly poured. The drinks menu also includes a couple of very healthy looking smoothies and cold-pressed juices.

Service
Impressive. Amiable, charming waiters see to your every need. Food and drink are swiftly brought to the table, tables promptly cleared. Although staff keep a watchful eye, you’re not swamped with overzealous attention.

Ambience
It’s a busy and bustling space, set in the covered courtyard of a centre that also houses the Amalfi Hotel with its executive suites. The style is quite striking and stripped down, with lots of black steel and light wood, and plenty of oversized light bulbs hanging from the roof. These are mostly for effect, I would think, if you consider the natural light pouring through the faceted glass roof. It does get quite noisy, due to the acoustics, but it’s all very convivial.

The verdict
It’s a definite win, and a fine addition to the Sea Point café scene. With such friendly service, good food and an obvious commitment to sourcing quality ingredients, Jarryds is the kind of spot you’ll want to return to again and again.

(July 2015)

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User reviews

  • I really love the look and feel of this place
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  • Superb service - our order was taken efficiently and the food arrived within a few minutes which was excellent. The decor was simple and effective. The food was delicious and the serving size was well proportioned; the espresso butter on the banana bread was a wonderful touch. Only downsides are the noise (if you are not a fan of that) and it was a little bit too pricey for the serving size.
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  • This place pumps on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but they're also open for dinner, and we finally decided to pay them a visit on Saturday night. It was slightly quieter (a good thing - it can get loud in the mornings when full) but the draped lightbulbs and hip decor ensured there was still some ambience. We had three tapas dishes: the bao - buns themselves a little chewy, but good pork belly; the beef shortrib tacos (could use a bit more flavour contrast - so many ingredient but flavour still somehow lacking) and the steak tartare. The tartare was the real winner - genuinely delicious, sweet, mustardy and cleverly served with house made potato chips. (Great for glutards like me!) We actually also ordered another dish, but the kitchen forgot, which we were grateful for, because the portions are quite large for tapas.

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  • Beautifully thought through menu. Delicious food. Well priced. Friendly service. Worthy of being called a local favourite. Will definitely be back again and again.
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  • Yet another copycat following the same recipe the CT yuppie crowd seem to love so much. Get decent coffee, serve food on a plank and go for modern minimalist decor. Oh and play vibey upbeat music too loud. Of course the food is good, half the talent in the kitchen was poached from nearby restaurants... Service is inconsistent, as can be expected from a new restaurant. More worrying is a seemingly very high turnover of staff... This is yet another example of someone being given too much money to start a new restaurant, and then unashamedly copying other establishments ideas and calling it theirs. The place lacks substance. It lacks heritage. It severely lacks originality. It might as well be another Bootlegger or Knead, nobody would notice. Of course it will do well, at first. At least until the yuppie crowd finds their next trendy hangout...
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  • Really love what they've done with this space. The hanging light bulbs and exposed wood have transformed it into a magical little hidden courtyard. The orange hot chocolate - made with a Cocoafair bonbon was yummy, and I enjoyed the sweetcorn fritters - light and crispy. The burger was pretty good - roughly chopped mince and wedges (which could have been crispier considering they're billed as double-fried). Service was very attentive and warm - and great to see the owners on the floor. My only suggestion would be some soft furnishings to swallow some of the sound. It's prone to getting a little noisy thanks to the high ceiling.

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Menu

Set menu - Menu - Updated July 2017  

Facilities

  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
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  • Lunch
  • Parking
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  • Takeaways

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