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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Zola Nene

Food

Breakfast options include a selection of muesli and porridge. The homemade sourdough bread is the perfect base for poached eggs. Order both along with a selection of sides such as bacon, wild mushrooms or tomato relish. The breakfast bun is what breakfast dreams are made of: a buttery toasted brioche bun is filled with tomato-studded guacamole, mature cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and an oozy fried egg. All this is countered by the crunch of sweet beetroot and apple slaw.

The heirloom rainbow breakfast (also just as delicious for lunch) is as interestingly colourful as it is flavourful. It serves as a deliciously unexpected combination of rainbow beets, ginger and tomatoes with goat’s cheese and poached eggs. Also on offer is a selection of salads and burgers, as well as a side of their infamous truffle fries – dare I say, the best truffle fries in all of Cape Town.

If you’re opting for a sweet pastry, there’s a choice between two: the cinnamon bun or the cardamom bun. They look similar and have similar textures; however, the cinnamon bun is more unapologetic about its flavour, whereas the cardamom bun’s flavour is a little too subtle.

Drinks

A carefully curated list of teas is available. All coffees are roasted by Espresso Lab and are available in cold-brew options too. A selection of delicious iced coffees and teas are available and, if you’re a fan of sweet milky coffee, be sure to try the white ice. It’s refreshingly cold and creamy. All juices are cold pressed and freshly made, and each combination offers a boost or relief from ailment. Try the Gold Fresh, which is deliciously fruity with a satisfying tang.

Service

The staff is friendly and efficient, always ready to offer you a ginger shot to kickstart your day. The service charge comes already added to your bill total, which saves you the trouble of having to work out an appropriate tip. It’s a lovely touch.

Ambience

The restaurant is decorated in a minimal style, with bench seating lining the wall and wooden chairs and tables that fill the restaurant. The wooden bar is the focal point of the restaurant, decorated with pieces of driftwood. There is also some outdoor seating on the deck, which is an ideal spot for those who enjoy people-watching.

And...

After your meal, head upstairs for a bit of shopping – a selection of men’s clothing and some Japanese crockery is on sale on the second level. The third level houses a selection of Aesop cosmetics for sample and sale.

(June 2018)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay their way in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • 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)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay their own way. Read our editorial policy here.

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Facilities

  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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