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Lily’s Restaurant

Lily’s Restaurant
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Special occasions
Food
Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food

Set in a killer location – just opposite the Mouille Point promenade – this pretty café is incredibly popular. On the menu: inventive takes on café classics, prepared, for the most part, with care.

The almond overnight oats delivers deliciously on its nutty promise. It’s a scrumptious mix of almond butter, almond milk, and toasted almonds with crunchy coconut, lashings of honey and banana – like a (healthy-ish) pudding for breakfast.

The eggs Benedict is a classic version, served on English muffins and sprinkled with watercress and tiny blue flowers. The eggs are perfect, the bacon crisp, and the Hollandaise glossy and beautiful, but with a strangely soapy aftertaste. (Perhaps a one-off?)

Come lunch and dinner, there’s a lovely mix of healthier and less healthy options. For the former, there’s vegan coconut curry or grilled hake with cauliflower couscous. There’s also a serious mac and cheese (with Gruyère, basil, garlic and a parmesan crust); burgers on brioche buns; or fried chicken with spicy aioli, coleslaw and fries.

The menu is handily marked with initials for vegetarian, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free.

Finish with one of the inventive puddings – like the skillet apple crisp with pecan-oat crumble – or the bomb of a molten lava cake, with salted caramel and ‘caffeine fix’ ice cream.

Drinks

Your brunch Instagram shot will be incomplete without one of the fresh juices. The Skinny, with pineapple, spinach, mint, lemon, apple, celery and ginger, is particularly tasty. Later on, try a milkshake or a cocktail. The wine list is fairly well structured, with plenty of variety, and options are available by the glass or carafe.

Ambience

Outdoor tables spill out onto the sun-soaked pavement and offer a glimpse of the sea, across the road. Inside, cream leather chairs, brass-covered tables, white wooden panelling, and a moody peony wallpaper set the scene for an elegant brunch or sunset dinner.

Service

Usually swift, though things do slow down considerably on public holidays, when the queues line up along the pavement.

And…

They don’t take bookings for breakfast, so go early if you’ve got your heart set on a table.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • I’m glad I got a chance to be here. Just stopped over for a quick lunch which turned into a whole afternoon lunch cause the food was so good. From starters to dessert. Over the lunchtime period I constantly had someone checking if I’m fine (not the annoying checking) which was great. The decor is totally in sync and with the sea view it takes you away to some place you haven’t been.
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  • I’m glad I got a chance to be here. Just stopped over for a quick lunch which turned into a whole afternoon lunch cause the food was so good. From starters to dessert. Over the lunchtime period I constantly had someone checking if I’m fine (not the annoying checking) which was great. The decor is totally in sync and with the sea view it takes you away to some place you haven’t been.
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  • What a delightful venue for dinner tonight. We had an amazing evening, ambience, service and food was all 5 star. Probably the best fried chicken, Mac & cheese, and cauliflower mash I have ever tasted! And to top it off, an amazing Dom Pedro. Full Marks to the team at Lily’s, thank you for a great experience, we will be back!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch

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