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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The owners are French and the chef dabbles in some Argentinian touches. This being a South African restaurant, it means that you will find some really interesting things to eat here. The bread is just fabulous, baked on the premises, and you can even take some home, but try to resist the oink factor and save yourself for more serious matters. Try the excellent moules frites, succulent mussels steamed with white wine, parsley, onion and garlic, served with chips, or the Caesar salad with croutons and parmesan shavings which you can zoosh up with chicken, prawns, a poached egg or streaky bacon, a meal on its own. If you are longing for meat, you’ll enjoy the panko crusted beef schnitzel, served with chimichurri mayo, or the excellent beef burger served on a homemade ciabatta bun, nice and crunchy. The braai features Chalmar beef sirloin, fillet, and rib eye cuts, done to a turn, or venison fillet and sticky pork spare ribs. The daily cakes are a good way to finish up.
On offer is a good, small wine list with some very good local wines by the glass.
Top notch, very friendly and knowledgeable, with just the right edge of treading the fine line between friendly and familiar.
It’s a nice and light space with an open plan kitchen so you can watch the action. The aromas of freshly baked goodies are enough to drive one crazy. Sitting outside on the stoep watching the Kloof Street parade is great when the weather is fine.
Excellent (and very popular) breakfasts are served at half price between 8 and 9am and two (R95) or three course (R125) dinners every day between 5 and 7pm.
A firm favourite with those in the know, the super stylish restaurant Manna Epicure in Kloof Street – always packed during breakfast and lunch – recently expanded their reach by opening for dinner as well.
The menu is quite straightforward, divided into starters, ‘comfort food’, ‘the braai’ and ‘sweet temptations’. There are quite a few retro nods to the Afrikaans food heritage, with dishes like pan-roasted skilpadjie and braised skaapstertjies (lamb tails) on the starters section. Also on a retro note, the manna ritz of prawns, avocado and lettuce is lent a modern touch with the addition of chimichurri sauce to the mayo. This fragrant green sauce is obviously a favourite condiment here, since it features prominently on the menu, especially among ‘the braai’ section, the red meats of which (the friendly waitress informs us) are the restaurant’s speciality. Bearing this in mind, we order the venison fillet, which comes served medallion size and with a drizzle of, yes, chimichurri. You won’t hear me complaining though, this is some of the best venison I’ve had in ages, and the chimichurri adds a fresh twist to the earthy flavours of the meat.
The sweet section once again shows retro touches, with the ever-popular malva pudding present, as well as a banana split and a homemade waffle with pistachio ice cream, chocolate sauce and almonds – which sounds so good it may just necessitate a visit of its own…
They offer a short but clever selection of whites and reds, including the likes of Alexanderfontein, La Bri and Bouchard Finlayson. A few craft beers and some nifty cocktails round out the list. For daytime enjoyment and non-imbibers, there’s a nice offering of freshly squeezed juices and interesting iced teas.
Friendly and accommodating. The waiters are quick off the mark and up to speed on the menu and daily specials.
With the soft sounds of jazz music and flickering candlelight luring one in at night, you can’t help but be seduced by the elegant, all-white interior. The atmosphere is congenial and very relaxed. A part of the kitchen extends to an open-plan section in the dining area, which means that you can observe some of the action – but then you may also get a too-close-for-comfort whiff of eggs being cooked for the mushroom ragout on ciabatta …
Still regarded as one of the city’s prime breakfast spots, their coconut breakfast is highly recommended: two eggs cooked as per your choice, served with salmon and avocado on coconut bread. It sounds a bit funny, but it really, really works. Also keep in mind their breakfast special: between 8am and 9am in the morning, everything is half price.
Great juices - love how they're served in tall glasses. My bright pink beet, apple and ginger one looked very exotic next to my partner's apple green one. Liked the all-white theme inside. Our eggs Benedicts were great.
Love this beautiful spot, bathed in white. It's perfect for breakfast - I've yet to try their famous coconut bread - it always seems to sell out before I wake up. The other breakfasts are great, though. Everything perfectly prepared. My only quibble is their style of plating: everything comes separately, so you have to assemble your breakfast - butter your toast, maneuver the poached egg on top, try and squeeze some avo in there and layer the whole thing with salmon at the end. Perhaps I'm just lazy - but not having to lift a finger is part of the reason I go out for breakfast on the weekend. Never mind: the food itself is delicious - and the waiters I've had in the past have all been courteous and eager to help.
After a long absence, we went back to Manna for their tapas, but unfortunately, they no longer offer this. But, they do serve breakfast all day, and ended up with a delicious eggs Benedict with crispy bacon. I asked for my eggs to be soft, and they were, with that slight hint of vinegar so you know it's done properly. Great place for a chilled out breakfast.
Was at Manna last Wednesday evening for a wine pairing evening. Total equivalent of one glass of wine, stale tapas and chaotic service, topped off with a monster slice of cake at the end to satisfy our mounting hunger! All this for an exhorbitant price of R250 as the wine was on promotion! I ended up at McDonalds! Much nicer!
Hugely overpriced, really poor service and seemingly unable to manage a poached egg in 3 attempts. Reminds me why I hadn't been here for years - won't be back.
Very popular eatery on trendy Kloof Street, Cape Town. Delicious tasty breakfasts with unusual breads. Coconut bread, rye with walnuts and dates, rye with macadamia and cranberries. The bread is sublime and I always have a warm loaf under my arm on departure! The service can be erratic especially during the breakfast run/lunch run. A lovely clean, pretty space to have a coffee/breakfast. Did I mention the bread?