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This is a basic lunch spot in the midst of one of the most beautiful attractions in South Africa. A selection of traditional breakfast, sandwiches, salads and burgers are on offer. There are allergen-free options on the menu such as the gluten-free muffins, dairy-free tarts and also some vegan options. The portions are sizable.
The all-day breakfast is offered with a selection of familiar options like anchovy toast, Marmite toast, and granola with fresh fruits and Bulgarian yoghurt. Guests could also enjoy shakshuka – eggs poached in a spicy North African tomato sauce served with crispy homemade Italian bread and a side salad or chips. They do a good fried chip – crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The fish (which comes with the chips) is basic but tender, tasty and flaky. The salads are standard options. Also available is sirloin steak, charcoal-grilled plain or with BBQ basting; bobotie; and Cape pickled fish.
For desserts, guests can choose from the baked goods on display, or from the menu. The Belgian waffles are light and crispy, served with ice cream or freshly whipped cream and a sauce choice of gooey chocolate and fudge sauce, fresh berry syrup or honey. Other desserts include hot apple pie and malva pudding.
Sparkling wines such as the JC Le Roux Blanc are available. Other options of wines include the La Motte sauvignon blanc and the Tokara cabernet sauvignon. Soft drinks, beers, spirits and liqueurs are also available.
The service is friendly but slow. Order immediately if you’re hungry.
Note that laptops are not allowed.
You need to pay an entrance fee to gain access to the gardens, so get the best value for your money by taking a long stroll around the varied and beautifully laid out gardens.
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Chef-patron Pamela Shippel, author of bestselling cookbook My Way with Food, practises what she preaches. Good ingredients, freshly prepared dishes, simple flavours and good value go into every dish at her Cape country kitchen. It serves hearty breakfasts, omelettes and spicy eggs shakshuka– with a choice of free-range eggs in all dishes. House specialities are served in generous portions – the best bobotie in town, pickled fish, real homemade burgers and the freshest hake ’n’ chips. Lighter fare includes creative salads, chunky soups and sandwiches – with irresistible scones, muffins, malva pudding and decadent rum puddle cake to end off. Loads for vegetarians.
Good-value wines by the glass with a generous pour.
The same friendly staff members serve locals and tourists in a warm, efficient manner.
A cosy family tea room on a garden terrace with spectacular views.
Treat yourself to the best hot chocolate (made from real couverture) in Cape Town – or order a gourmet picnic for the garden lawns. (GH, September 2010)
I love the Kirstenbosch tea room for a Sunday breakfast. Consistently good (free range) eggs (they can poach to the specific order of 'medium soft') with great wholewheat bread. Service is what you'd expect from a tea room - efficient but not over the top amazing. Order the hot chocolate for a decadent after breakfast drink. I have a yearly membership to Kirstenbosch, so don't feel the sting of paying entrance fees on top of my breakfast.
The previous review was written when the prices at this quaint tea-room were still normal, respectable and value for money. However a hike of almost 40% now places this as one of the most expensive breakfasts I have had in Cape Town outside of hotel buffets. A full English breakfast now costs R95.00 and if you add a R25.00 cappuccino as well as the R40.00 entrance fee, then a family (5) breakfast with Gran, came very close to a thousand rand. Plus the place is way over staffed with the result that there is a great deal of standing around doing nothing, or preying on tables as soon as the last bite is taken.
That is just way out of line. It may be less than 60 GBP equivalent or US$90 but its fleecing locals. In Vietnam restaurants have a 3 tier pricing system - lowest for locals, next level for Vietnamese expats and highest level for foreign tourists. That is fair. But at its current prices, we (life members) will not return to this tea-room. A great pity.