Olympia Café and Deli

Olympia Café and Deli
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R100 avg main meal
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Deli fare, Modern
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

Imagining Kalk Bay without Olympia Café is virtually impossible. Wildly popular with locals, it is the place to go to soak up the super laid-back style that is part of this neck of the woods. While it is basically a bakery, with great breads, pastries and cakes, it is also the home of down-to-earth food, often influenced by the sea — obviously.

The menu itself is in a constant state of flux, but things to expect are fabulous mussels in a rich creamy garlic and wine sauce; heavenly cold gazpacho, perfect for a hot summer day; penne with mushroom sauce; a hearty steak roll Portuguese-style; and a light mango, feta and pecan salad. Roast teriyaki-style pork loin with buttered mash and broccoli is more stick-to-the-ribs stuff. Check out the blackboard for daily specials.

Breakfasts are the holy hour here with superb croissants with various fillings, frittatas, and some of the best coffee this side of the bay.

A small selection of various wines to suit most tastes and pockets. Remember this is Kalk Bay – don’t get precious.

Usually well on top of things.

This is the ultimate in cool, with no pretension or glamour. It’s situated right on the main road so be careful crossing over to walk off lunch by the sea.

Pop in at their bakery around the corner and get a load of goodies to take home.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • One of my favourite restaurant in the hood, the staff is super friendly ( and hilarious !) the food is fresh and delicious, changing according to fresh ingredients arrived in the kitchen. The vibe is great with an almost view on the harbour and a real view on the open kitchen. There is also a small yard at the back, quieter. The menu is changing and always well thought. I absolutely recommend it ( and i took all people from overseas there !)
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  • This is my default setting when I need a friendly, hearty meal that I know will be good. Although elements of the menu change frequently depending on seasons and what fish has been caught that day (it's across the road from Kalk Bay harbour), the favorites remain, including the best mashed potato in the city. For me one of the best parts of the experience is the waiters, many of whom have been there for years, calmly navigating the chaos with wit and irreverence.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Licensed
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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