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Post, Breakfast, Lunch

Post, Breakfast, Lunch
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  • Phone Number 072 248 2078
  • Location 70 Juta Street (cnr De Beer Street), Braamfontein, Johannesburg
  • email postordering@gmail.com
  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Friday 6.30am - 4pm; Saturday 8.30am - 2pm

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Cost
R55
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

Food
You’d be forgiven for dismissing this corner eatery as a man cave, but on closer inspection of the well-thought out menu and the four gentlemen who man the fryer, grill and coffee station, you’ll discover that they take their space and food seriously.

Breakfast covers everything from the decadent and delightful to the basic and healthy. Special mentions go to the feather-light flapjacks with yoghurt and seasonal fruit, drizzled with honey; the Bifteki breakfast, consisting of a burger patty, scrambled eggs, relish and rocket – perfect for that no-carb diet; and the fried eggs and bacon served on sliced toast and halved baby tomatoes.

Highly recommended on the lunch menu is juicy hunks of pork belly with mustard and cranberry-onion jam on soft, fresh French bread. There’s also a selection of salads with ingredients ranging from salmon and chickpea to potato and pork belly or chicken peri peri. Sandwiches have fillings such as bacon with cream cheese, tomato and lettuce; salmon (on rye); and edam and pesto.

The menu changes every now and again and it’s always a pleasant surprise to spy a new appearance on the chalkboard, including winter specials such as soup and stew. The beef is free range, grass fed and free of artificial growth hormones and antibiotics, and special care is taken to source the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Drinks
You’re welcome to bring your own booze, but it’s not really that kind of place. The beverage menu offers everything from a frothy double cappuccino to teas, hot chocolate, homemade lemonade and lemon and ginger steeped in hot water.

Service
Service doesn’t always come with a smile; these chefs are serious! But you’re never left waiting. If food is taking longer than usual, they’ll let you know why and suggest you take a seat in the courtyard while you wait.

Ambience
Whether it’s a passerby grabbing a takeaway, a group having a quick meeting, or regulars working remotely for hours on end, the eatery makes them feel welcome. If you’re a fan of soft rock and alternate music and love the sound of vinyl especially, this is your place.

And...
If you live or work within a four-block radius, you can phone in and have one of the guys deliver your order, free of charge.

(September 2016)

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  • Marie-Lais Emond

    Food
    Whether you’re here for breakfast or lunch or an in-betweener, you’re sure to find something delicious on the Post menu. Items on the blackboard change every now and then and they serve breakfast all day. This might seem like a chummy place, but the food isn’t sloppy at all – the ingredients are responsibly sourced and of good quality, and each dish is practiced and professional.

    When it comes to breakfasts, the toast and eggs are perfectly prepared and served; the same goes for the bacon. Indulge in the popular Post flapjacks with whole yoghurt, or go all out with the chocolate and Nutella flapjack. For something different, try the egg and brie crostini with Napoletana sauce. 

    As for lunch, the sandwiches come in generous portions and everything, including the couple of burgers and salads, shows evidence of extra care. Among them is a croque monsieur, with a touch of extra chicken along with the ham, and a fine salad of smoked salmon trout, chickpeas and onion.

    The cheescake in a jar is a sometime special and comes in a range of flavours, including a delicious chocolate version.

    Drinks
    The coffee competition in Braamfontein is fierce, so standards are high here, too. If the nuances of decorated froths seem too subtle, just go for a double-shot Big Bomber with condensed milk. Their coffee, Tazza d’Oro, is also sold by the paper bag.

    It’s not really a wine or beer place, but if bring it if you have to; there’s no corkage fee. Other beverages include a super homemade lemonade and a concoction of honey, ginger, lemon and mint.

    Service
    They run a tight ship, but this is a help-yourself kind of gig. Go up to the busy counter, behind which the guys are doing their choreographed prep-and-cook routine, place your order, and the food and drinks come to you when they’re ready. You revisit the counter afterwards to pay.

    Ambience
    It doesn’t get much cooler in Jozi than this corner of Juta with its ornate metal trees. Inside, despite all the glass and the tiles, it somehow managed to be cosy. There are four small tables inside, but the done thing is to sit on stools at the window counters and look out. There’s also a courtyard with two commodious tables for larger groups.The three owners are all architects, and it shows in the design of the venue. It never gets crazy loud, with music from vinyls on a 50s radiogram playing sounds like Springsteen and Kings of Leon. It’s a very busy spot, but feels relaxed.

    And…
    You can take the goods away or have them delivered if you’re within a four-block radius.

    (July 2014) 

  • Marie-Lais Emond

    Food
    Whether you’re here for breakfast or lunch or an in-betweener, you’re sure to find something delicious on the Post menu and some ever-changing items on the blackboard. They serve breakfast all day. This might seem like a chummy place, but the food isn’t sloppy at all – the ingredients are of good quality and responsibly sourced, and each dish is practiced and professional.

    When it comes to breakfasts, the toast and eggs are perfectly prepared; the same goes for the bacon. Indulge in the popular Post flapjacks with whole yoghurt – although there are chocolate and Nutella flapjacks as well … Or for something different, try the egg and brie crostini with napoletana sauce.

    As for lunch, the sandwiches are generous and everything, including the couple of  burgers and salads, shows evidence of extra care. Among them is a croque monsieur, with a touch of extra chicken along with the ham, and a fine salad of smoked salmon trout, chickpeas and onion.

    The cheescake in a jar is a sometime-special and comes in a range of flavours, including a delicious chocolate version.

    Drinks 
    The coffee competition in Braamfontein is fierce, so standards are high here, too. If all the flat whites and teeny nuances of decorated froths seem too subtle, pig out with a double-shot Big Bomber with condensed milk. Their coffee, Tazza d’Oro, is also sold by the paper bag.

    If you have to have wine or beer, bring it and there’s no corkage fee. Other nice drinks include a super homemade lemonade and a warm honey, ginger, lemon and mint concoction.

    Service
    They run a tight ship, and this is a help-yourself kind of gig. Go up to the busy counter, behind which the guys are doing their choreographed prep-and-cook routine, place your order and the food and drinks come to you. Then you revisit the counter afterwards to pay.

    Ambience
    It doesn’t get much cooler in Jozi than this corner of Juta, with its ornate metal trees. Inside, despite all the glass and the tiles, it is somehow cosy. There are four small tables but the done thing is to sit on stools at the window counters and look out. There’s a courtyard with two commodious tables for larger groups. The three owners are all architects, and it shows in the design of the venue. It never gets crazy loud and music from the vinyls on a 50s radiogram gives out sounds like Springsteen and Kings of Leon. It’s a very busy spot, but feels relaxed.

    And… 
    You can take the goods away or have them delivered if you are within a four-block radius.

    (August 2014)

  • Josef Talotta

    A tiny neighbourhood coffee bar with great breakfasts and sandwiches. Expect a cool crowd (advertising, film, media, design etc) perched on stools overlooking one of Braamfontein's hippest corners. There's also a little tree-greened courtyard in the back, perfect for quietmeetings. Have the flapjacks with crispy bacon for breakfast and beef prego for lunch – and great all-day coffees, from early-morning 'til late afternoon.
  • This tiny coffee bar has great breakfasts and sandwiches. A cool crowd perches on stools overlooking one of Braamfontein’s hippest corners. The little tree-lined courtyard in the back is better for quiet meetings. Order bacon flapjacks for breakfast and beef prego for lunch. (EO mag 2014)

User reviews

  • Following my trip to America, I have to comment on how much emphasis is placed on hygiene by the American service industry. While their food might not be the healthiest, their attention to food hygiene is remarkable. I look at many places and their handling of food and I know that if this had been happening in America, the place would be closed down. The Post is one of those places. Being a male myself, I know what happens in male restrooms. Very often men will go to the restroom and zip up, walk right out without washing their hands. I am very weary of shaking mens hands because I know what happens in the restrooms, and the attitude of some men to hygiene. The boys of The Post appear to reflect the same negative attitude with hygiene. The problem with having an open kitchen, with preparing food in a open space, is that you open yourself to so much. You can't be dealing with food and not be wearing head gear, wiping sweat from your face with the back of your hand, and go back to touching the food without washing your hands. Leave the food area to change the music, touch the buttons and lps and go straight back to the food. Perhaps why the place is popular is because of the "dirt" in the food. It's a great concept, well run, except for the big guy with an attitude, no smile, and serves okay food at a good price. The same cannot be said about their value of hygiene, and if what I see happening in the open kitchen is anything to go by, then I shudder to think about what happens in areas that are not within sight, like the restroom. More really needs to be done about hygiene in our food industry. Hands carry the most germs and when working with food, we need to be mindful of that.

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    I regularly travel between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Therefore I thought it would make sense to extend my “eating out’ category for all those of you who come to Joburg on a regular basis, but especially for those who have never been but would like to go. People talk a lot of bollocks about Joburg, especially Capetonians. I love Cape Town, don’t get me wrong, but I am convinced that Johannesburg’s poor reputation is not deserved. People tell terrifying stories about the inner city of Jozi, but it turns out that they have absolutely no idea how gorgeous this magic place can be! Indeed, magical enough to dedicate a whole range of posts on ‘eating out spots’ in Johannesburg. Don’t avoid Joburg because of stories about crime, which are blown out of proportion – you are definitely missing out if you do that. Trust me, I speak from experience, I have lived in the very center of Johannesburg for what must have been about 2 years. As a last point let me assure you something. If you think that Cape Town is the beginning and end-all of South Africa then the City of Gold has news for you. For more stories of my adventures in Joburg, check out my Injera post.

    Post at the corner of Juta and De Beer Street in Braamfontein, right in the heart of Johannesburg deserves to be the first food spot I will tell you about. Not so much because of it’s “contemporary cool” ambience, rather because the breakfast is outstanding. This is not a premature judgement. Well prepared, healthy and affordable breakfasts are not something you find that easily in the Johannesburg CBD area. Post is the place in town you want to experience a wholesome, healthy, wonderfully prepared breakfast for favourable prices. Absolutely awesome!
    I prefer to stay in the CBD, when I am in Johannesburg. I fall for the Jozi vibe! Last week I went on a road-trip with my friend Humbulani, because I thought I should take a short break from Cape Town and discover something new. Our first stop is Jozi. We stay at a derelict apartment in Hillbrow opposite a police station. I never really have much time when I am in Jozi; always kind of stressed and trying to accommodate a couple of things at the same time. But not in this instance. This is my well deserved holiday, I want to take more time to discover Joburg thoroughly and tell you about it’s culinary treasures! Hillbrow is about 15 minutes away from De Beer Street, a lovely walk past the Constitution Hill and some green fields belonging to the Wits Education Campus. It’s a warm summer morning and we are off for breakfast.

    When we finally arrive, I notice that I am not quite attracted by the ostentatiously imposing facade. I realize, I am just not as in love with the whole “contemporary cool look” which Post is praised for by the press. Hipster- designed restaurants don’t attract me anymore if they don’t have any kind of twist that triggers my attention. Humbulani wants to show me the place and insists on having a cup of tea and a chat. I haven’t been in Jozi for a while and so we have to catch up. I thought, why not, let’s go and have a cup of tea. I know, that doesn’t sound very exciting and as much as I love tea, I never drink it. But you know what? It was surprisingly good and made me curious for more. You can judge a good restaurant by two things; the condition of the toilet and the most simple dishes on the menu. The most simple thing on a menu can please you in a peculiar way, when it is prepared decently and made out of good quality food products. This can be appetizers or something basic like a cup of tea or coffee. I have a sip of my ginger and lemon tea and take my time to browse through the menu. A huge black-board, that hangs right next to the counter, stunned by the prices. The most expensive dish is a burger for R55, almost everything else costs you less than R35. While I am busy going over the menu with a fine-tooth comb, I notice that I am really impressed by the way it has been put together. How difficult it is nowadays for restaurant owners to choose the right combination of dishes for a menu. You shouldn’t take a good selection of dishes on a menu for granted. Many other restaurant owners follow the same principles, which is that dishes have to be tasty, healthy with a Mediterranean touch and above all, and what is most typical, contemporary menus have to be simple but not boring in any way. A challenging balance act within the competing restaurant scene. It is intended to escape otherwise complicated kitchen gymnastics, yet many restaurants don’t seem to make the grade. Post on the other hand manages to hit the nail on the head. They make the balancing act seem like child’s play. Gordon Ramsay has been championing this notion of having a simple menu and it’s nice to see that some are taking the advice. Let’s stop philosophising for now and have some lekker breakfast.

    I am hungry and push the low-carbs diet to the back of my mind. A little too far back into my mind I guess, because this is a real feast! I can see the waitress smiling at us mischievously, while we order one dish after the other, she is probably thinking “Where the hell are these two boys stuffing all this food?”
    Altogether we had French toast with Camembert, fig preserve and crispy bacon, flapjacks with Nutella, Italian scrambled eggs with Chorizo and Buffalo mozzarella, freshly baked rye bread with butter and homemade gooseberry jam and carrot cake! The Italian eggs take a little getting used to, but they are nice. The tomato sauce was actually freshly prepared and tastes fresh and light. The bacon is fried to perfection and the homemade marmalade is fantastic. I notice the difference, Joburg service is genuine and efficient, no-one bugging you all the time, asking you unnecessary questions or interrupting your conversation. A Joburg waitress doesn’t feel the need to be everybody’s darling, she maintains a kind of clinical attitude while still seeming spirited. The people of Johannesburg are generally confident, direct and natural as opposed to the deliberately casual, contrived chirpers you find elsewhere. A Jozi girl has what all the other girls are dreaming of, go and witness this for yourself. While Cape Town has it’s breathtaking nature and scenic atmosphere – Johannesburg has it’s people; genuine, hospitable and they certainly know how to drive a car!
    Review by Dennis Molewa

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  • Post is a great place to go for a quick breakfast on a Saturday morning. Friendly staff, great music on the record player, excellent coffee and home made cupcakes that I was shocked to discover had no eggs or milk in them. Highly recommended.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dog-friendly
  • Functions
  • Smoking
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