Agnes Renault’s breakfasts have become a Cape Town staple. Perfectly poached eggs are coated in glossy Hollandaise and topped with a pea sprout; neatly scooped crescents of avocado await smashing onto coconut bread, alongside little twirls of smoked salmon. It’s all beautiful and well-made. The toasted breakfast croissant, with scrambled eggs, bacon and melty mozzarella may be slightly less sophisticated, but is gratifyingly cheesy.
Dining later in the day? Kick things off with a Chalmar steak tartare, prepared tableside so you can choose if you want gherkins and capers et al or a portion of panko-crumbed calamari – beautifully crisp, with crumbs made from only the inside of the bread (no crusts). For mains, the spare ribs – served with fat, golden onion rings and chips or salad – are excellent.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you should go for the carrot cake, which is wonderfully moist.
Coffee is well-made, but the freshly squeezed juices – served in tall glasses that make them feel like cocktails or milkshakes – are the thing to order. Try a mix of beetroot, apple and ginger.
The wine list is short but has by-the-glass options in every category. Names like Ghost Coner, Iona, Cederberg and Eagle’s Nest share space with some lesser known options like Moderskerk and Ondine.
In the morning, with the sun streaming in onto the deck, the space almost glows, and tables are hard to come by. White walls, tablecloths and white leather chairs are joined by driftwood chandeliers, gleaming glass cloches atop cakes, and an old clock. At night, the white colour scheme works less well, and it can be quiet.
Keen and timeous.
They have some great early bird specials. Dinner between 5pm and 7pm is R125 for two courses or R150 for three courses. Order breakfast before 9am and get 50% off your bill.
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Everything on the menu at this Kloof Street café is refined and well executed.
Breakfasts are served all day and feature perfectly poached free-range eggs in a range of interesting guises. Try the Parma-style breakfast with poached eggs, Parma ham, parmesan and pesto, or the gloriously cheesy toasted breakfast croissant with scrambled eggs, tomato, bacon and mozzarella. The Hollandaise sauce is excellent.
The bread selection features the famed coconut bread – a slightly sweet option – along with gluten-free and rye options for the wheat-fearing.
Lunch and dinner heralds calamari salad with chickpeas, chorizo, roasted peppers and pineapple, and a succulent chicken parmigiana in perfectly crisp panko crumbs, with a tasty little rocket salad. The spare ribs are some of the stickiest and most tender in the city.
Peruse the cake counter for pud.
Bright, freshly squeezed juices can be constructed from the menu of options. The coffee is good. If the noon gun’s gone, then check out the extensive cocktail, spirits and wine list. Wines are carefully chosen and include some names with a bit of gravitas.
Generally very good.
Bathed in white, with suspended driftwood chandeliers, this café offers a quiet oasis on busy Kloof Street. The outside area is glorious on sunny days. Nab a spot at the counter overlooking Kloof Street’s quieter upper reaches if you’re dining alone.
Excellent early bird breakfast and dinner specials offer great value for money.
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