Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Combining practicality with charm is Parc’s black wall, and hanged black surfboards of their creative seasonal menu boasting enticing choices of their all-day breakfast and light meals. Their clever take on eggs Benedict, called Not-So-Benedict, is a popular dish. You get perfectly poached eggs, a choice between mushrooms, bacon or wilted spinach with their delicious lemon hollandaise sauce and capers on rye, ciabatta or potato-and-rosemary artisanal bread. If you’re lucky, you could find a Benedict special that goes with a Bloody Mary cocktail. For an alternative breakfast idea, try the banana bread French toast with fresh banana, mango and lime curd with brown sugar and allspice crumble and ginger cream.
Light meals include salads, as well as soup and quiches of the day. Don’t miss out on their exotic open sandwiches, which include a vegan BLT option and braised butternut-and-chickpea curry roti wrap with chilli spiced cabbage salad, coriander, banana and a yoghurt and cumin chutney. Food is delectable and generously plated.
Those with a sweet tooth can choose from a selection of cakes, muffins and scones.
There’s a small but smart wine list, plus a few craft beers, inspired milkshakes and a selection of fresh fizz and iced rooibos tea.
Warm and efficient. There’s a trust established between the customers and the servers that proves a consistent rapport.
Nestled between the Glenwood Bakery and a few unrelated businesses, it’s a cosy, hip and laid-back café that spills onto the outside.
This is the best all-day breakfast spot in town and it’s great for casual Saturday brunches.
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This is comfort food, made with love and presented beautifully. The menu changes regularly at this popular Durban brunch spot, depending on what’s fresh. Meals are written up on the large chalkboard wall. It’s community collaboration at its best, so expect local ingredients to feature in some hearty breakfast options, open sandwiches, salads and a number of larger, but light meals, including the baked delights of The Glenwood Bakery next door.
Your visit might yield a fat slab of toasted brioche, served with rosewater-poached peaches, cheese curd and pistachios. It might be your last meal on earth request. Breakfast is served all day, with the ‘Not so Benedict’ (poached eggs, bacon, Hollandaise and capers on potato-rosemary bread) being a big drawcard, but don’t discount simpler items like Bircher muesli, which is soaked overnight with grated apple, or the deliciously savoury soft polenta served with smoked tomato concasse, creamed spinach and mushroom, poached eggs, pancetta and parmesan. Another appealing option is the wilted greens with sautéed mushrooms, ginger yoghurt, poached eggs, soya-chilli butter and toasted sesame seeds.
Light meals include a home-made soup and quiche of the day, plus salads and open sandwiches. A brown and wild rice with dukkah and herbs, served with roasted pumpkin, onion, beetroot, cinnamon orange, feta and molasses is sensational!
A selection of cakes is available for those with a sweet tooth, or choose from their decadent milkshake and freezo menu; the choc-orange and brownie versions are hard to beat.
Parc offers one of Durban’s most delicious coffees and often it’ll be served in a glass with a knitted beanie character around it. The café is licensed, and offers a small selection of red, white and rosé wines, craft beers and an inspired variety of made-to-order shakes. Think lemon cheesecake milkshake...
Parc is a cosy space, which spills out on to the pavement, with laid-back acoustic music on weekends. It’s a vibey regular hangout for locals.
Friendly and welcoming; the staff members know the regulars by name.
Get there mid-morning on weekends to reserve your spot and take in the chilled music for the afternoon.
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