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Manna Epicure

Manna Epicure
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Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Coffee, Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Zola Nene

Food
Breakfast is served all day at Manna, which is great news because their coconut bread is exactly what breakfast dreams are made of. It comes served with eggs, done to your liking, sliced avocado and smoked salmon. The slightly sweet coconut bread, lathered with salted butter, eaten with an oozy egg is the perfect mouthful - sweet, savoury and salty all at once! There are plenty of other breakfast classics available to choose from, eggs Benedict, homemade waffles, omelettes, muesli, there's something for everyone in the breakfast menu.

For lunch, try one of the generous salads on offer, they really aren't skimpy with the size of the salads here. The roasted cauliflower salad with fennel and crispy fried halloumi is sublime, little nuggets of nutty roasted cauliflower tossed with slices of fennel bulb (I only wish they had sliced them thinner to make eating easier), sliced red onion and warm, oozy and salty fried halloumi all intermingled with fresh, lightly dressed mixed salad leaves is the perfectly balanced salad, they offer the choice to add chicken to it, but it's such a delicious salad by itself, I didn't miss the chicken at all. Choose from a selection of meats or a burger in the braai section of the menu, or perhaps a fish or pasta dish from the main course section. Pair your meal with one of the tempting side dishes- anytime there is a choice of triple-cooked chips on the menu, I'm always going to try them! The chips were enjoyable, but nothing to write home about. Other sides include truffle mash, soft polenta and sautéed spinach with mushrooms and peas.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, there is a selection of cakes available, there's classic crème brûlée, a decadent chocolate lava cup served with salted caramel ice cream, or traditional malva pudding served with vanilla ice cream.

Drinks
Choose from a selection of fruits and vegetables and create your own blend of freshly pressed juice. There is also a selection of trendy superfood lattes on offer, choose from either matcha, red velvet (beetroot and cocoa) or a golden latte made using turmeric. The wine menu is quite extensive, which can make it a little difficult to navigate, but some wines are available by the glass. There is also a cocktail section available that contains both classic cocktails as well as their own specialty cocktails. Try one of the interesting fruity virgin cocktails - the mango and mint combination was very refreshing and not too sweet.

Service
Service is attentive and speedy. The waiters are eager to let you know the specials as well as make recommendations according to your cravings.

Ambience
The stark white restaurant is light and bright, with almost every table having a clear view of the street. I recommend sitting outside, especially if you enjoy people-watching like I do. You could encounter the occasional flower seller walking past. The main inside part of the restaurant has a feature drift-wood type chandelier, while the other side of the dining room has a few bird nest light fixtures above the bar area. Tables are simply laid with a white tablecloth, giving the restaurant a chic minimalist look about it. The white crockery is looking a little tired and shabby, think it's time for a bit of an upgrade on the plates, the once white plates and bowls now have a murky grey outline from extensive use.

And...
Their signature coconut bread is hard to resist and available for sale by the loaf by pre-order.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food

    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.

    Drinks

    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.

    Ambience

    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.

    Service

    Keen and timeous.

    And…

    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.

    (August 2017)

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

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User reviews

  • Amazing restaurant and superb food. Best in Cape Town.
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  • Excellent place for breakfast
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • StreetSmart affliated
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