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.
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.
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.
Usually swift, though things do slow down considerably on public holidays, when the queues line up along the pavement.
They don’t take bookings for breakfast, so go early if you’ve got your heart set on a table.
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