Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche
An eclectic mix of antiques and vintage fashion turn an old warehouse into a magical setting, but the real treasure is the menu. For breakfast, you have a choice of interesting twists on basics and classics. You may think about choosing a simple slice of homemade gingerbread deliciousness with mascarpone, until you notice the fluffy soufflé omelette topped with honey-glazed bacon and goats’ cheese at the next table. Everything else on the menu also sounds divine – from the dukkah-spiced egg to the wheat-free leek and spinach Florentine. The dishes look even better than you imagined when they arrive at the table. Creamed avocado, smashed with green peas and cream cheese is served with a poached egg, and the spinach baked breakfast bread, pea shoots and a tiny glass beaker filled with a wonderfully tangy roast tomato dressing makes this so much more than just avo on toast.
When you’re here for breakfast, you make a mental note: MUST come back for lunch. Soon. Do it for the legendary coconut-bobotie open sandwich served with vegetable atchar, caramelised banana and whipped coconut cream. If that doesn’t sound like your bag, what about the French linen (burned sage butter, cream and pecans tossed through farfalle) or the seasonal blushing beetroot bowl (a wholesome salad topped with deep-fried chevin)? The menu and the specials board offer so many interesting choices, the biggest problem you’ll have is making a decision.
They have cake and other fab sweet treats – the kind of treats you didn’t know you needed in your life, like a Lady Gia guava and ginger cookie cheesecake. All portions are generous, so you might have to get that slice to go.
From good coffee and fresh pressed juices to interesting cordials and an activated charcoal milkshake, you’ll be spoiled for choice. But you’ll have to bring your own wine (for a pretty standard R40 corkage fee).
The waiters are lovely and the service is good. Considering this is a big, busy space with many hidden corners, you might have to wait a few minutes to be served.
You’d expect the warehouse to feel cold and industrial, but the unique décor, French-café style music, fireplace and the laughter of happy patrons create a space you don’t want to leave.
They have Wi-Fi so you could pop in, eat something great and get some work done. Win-win. They don’t take bookings on Saturdays
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