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Loading Bay

Loading Bay
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO (only upon special request)

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

Food
This is the perfect spot for your morning fuel or a quick bite at lunch. The menu is small, but offers enough variety to suit all tastes.

The grass-fed beef burger comes highly recommended by the waiter, and my palate agrees at first bite. The patty is charred to perfection; cooked to a soft medium texture, with the outside sporting straight-off-the-grill marks. It comes with a generous amount of cheese, and jalapeños for a bite. (Tip: add avo if it’s in season). It comes with a side salad and moreish truffle tries – seasoned just right, it sure satisfies those hunger pangs.

For something heartier, try the slow-cooked shortrib served on sourdough. It’s pull-apart tender and packed with flavour, topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg. If you’re after something lighter, try the Panko salad starring greens, quinoa, roasted nuts and a Panko egg.
Breakfast options include a breakfast roll of fried egg, bacon, tomato relish, Boerenkaas and grilled banana. Or try the health bowls.

They don’t do desserts, but there are really deliciously fragrant cinnamon buns and cardamom buns on offer.

Drinks
They have a small selection of wines and teas as well as a few healthy and delicious cold-pressed juices on offer, including coffee from Espresso Lab Micro Roasters.

Service
Fast, efficient and friendly.

Ambience
Located in the hip de Waterkant area, the building features a sleek glass facade that makes it airy and allows for lots of natural light to pour in. It feels laid-back and semi-casual, with trendy industrial-chic interiors and pops of colour.

And…
Fashionistas can shop luxury apparel and other products after their meal – or whilst waiting for their food.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Went to loading bay for the first time last week. I must say the whole setting of the place is lovely. I ordered the chicken breast on sweet potato which was nice, but I feel could have had a little more done to it as it was quite bland. Their coffee is superb! I will definitely be back to try other meal items.
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  • Invited by the smell of coffee beans in this studio-like restaurant we had to give this gem a shot. As a healthnut the smell of coffee beans was quickly swapped with the sight of a green fresh juice coming towards our table. lively atmosphere for a summer lunch with a variety of options to satisfy many tastebuds. It's refreshing to have someone taking your order and willing to make the necessary changes to meet your desired meal. Not forgetting shopping for some tees, henleys, soap and chinos up the stairs on your way to the bathroom. whether it be a quick coffee, juice meeting or a decent lunch with your lovie, they sure have you covered xx
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  • Best choice when it come to year-end funtions, CPD meetings, secretaries functions. Their flair and good food is great for a memorable occation! Zunia and Mel are chefs and hosts to none!

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  • Love this place! Very cool, relaxed, cosmopolitan feel but still very Cape Town. They have created a spot that feels welcoming for everyone, and still exclusive. And about the food - short but delicious menu. Great eggs! And the coffee is to die for, one of the best in town. Service is really good and friendly. Loading Bay is also a great place to just sit and watch the crowd. Having the best clothing stores in Cape Town behind your table is a big bonus.

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  • Trendy place with relatively good food. But I visited the place three times, each time there is a problem with the order. Today, one of the waiters treated us as if he was doing us a favour. The order messed up 5 times today. But don't try to argue or complain. That just makes them more defensive and they blame the new staff. It is a pity.

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  • Simply an awesome spot for a casual Cape Town breakfast or lunch, - why are there not more places like this?
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  • fantastic vibe and food. My favourite spot in cape town
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