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Salvationcafé

Salvationcafé
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Cost
R100
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Hip & happening
Food
Burgers, Café fare, Coffee, International, Modern
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Anna Montali

Food
Offering a whole range of eggs Benedicts, a sunny courtyard, and friendly, attentive service, Salvationcafe is coffee shop you need in your life.

Located in the trendy Milpark precinct, Salvationcafe is one of several restaurants available in 44 Stanley. Nestled amongst beautiful trees and quaint walkways, this charming café is a wonderful location for urban entrepreneurs who happily perch themselves at a small table while working on their laptops and enjoying the fresh air.

Offering a very exciting breakfast menu, Salvationcafe does everything from home-made granola with Greek yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey, to the biggest variety of eggs Benedicts in town.

On the lunch side, the menu offers several delicious items such as a grass-fed beef burger with hand-cut potato wedges; a gorgonzola beef burger with home-made onion rings and fries; and a favourite of five-spice calamari made tempura style with Asian green salad and five-spice dipping sauce.

For a light lunch the traditional Caesar salad really hit the spot, served exactly as you’d expect, with cos leaves, chunks of anchovies, boiled eggs and succulent chicken strips.

You might decide you definitely have space for something sweet if you happen to see a gorgeous slice of Belgian chocolate-hazelnut brownie go past. A quick look at the cake menu might have you opting for a slice of New York cheesecake, another great choice.

Daily specials feature items such as pumpkin-and-ginger soup or Mombasa chicken curry. Also new on the menu is an exciting selection of pancakes.

Drinks
A fully stocked bar offers a great selection of cocktails as well as alcohol-free options such as The Duchess, an alcohol-free ‘gin and tonic’.

Service
Friendly and attentive.

Ambience
Rustic, relaxing and quaint. It's appropriate to sit and read a book or work on your laptop, surrounded by sweet boutiques and little hidden gems.

And…
Vinyl Fridays, from 4pm to 8pm, are a great way to celebrate the start of the weekend.

(June 2017)

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  • Lentswe Bhengu

    Food
    Salvationcafé is the perfect breakfast or lunch spot when visiting Jozi. Try their staple items like poached eggs Benedict or the creamy basil mushrooms on sourdough toast. Or go outside the box and opt for the savoury French toast (stack) with haloumi cherry tomato and pesto. This café delivers exciting and fresh flavours with attention to every culinary detail.

    For the very hungry, the Salvation grass-fed homemade burger and sweet tomato relish will hit the spot. Every day the café runs a buffet style menu, too. This restaurant keeps their offering of breakfast, wraps, burgers and salads  simple, but it gets it right all the time.

    Drinks
    As this is a breakfast and lunch deli spot, the restaurant is fully catered with healthy fresh juices, teas and coffee options and a fully stocked booze bar. One can relax and enjoy the creative and arty ambience of 44 Stanley whilst sipping on a local wine as a sundowner.

    Service
    Relaxed, unpretentious and friendly. This is a busy hub and popular spot, so the restaurant could be busy at any given time.

    Ambience
    If the words relaxed, comfortable and unpretentious what you're after then this is the right spot for you. It’s filled with the regular eclectic and colourful creative crowd of Johannesburg inner city amongst the vast local and international tourists.

    And…
    In the afternoon you will find creatives enjoying late lunch meetings and staying till the 5 o’clock close time.

    (September 2016)

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  • Claire Hu

    Food
    This is one of the best breakfast places in Joburg, with an informal vibe and interesting options like the Mexican sausage burrito with homemade guacamole, sour cream and salsa. It also does a fine line in comfort food; try the creamy basil mushrooms on toast or American pancakes. Influences are drawn from all over the world – lunch options could include calamari with 5-spice dipping sauce, Italian tuna and bean salad or a hefty grass-fed burger. It’s good, honest grub using quality ingredients that keeps drawing the regulars back. Many of them swear its New York cheesecake is the best in the city.

    Drinks
    The small wine list is pretty average, but they serve Jack Black beer on tap and do a great range of freshly squeezed smoothies and juice blends such as beetroot, pear and carrot.

    Service
    The staff are generally friendly and efficient, especially to their regulars, and pretty tolerant of rowdy toddlers. There are chaotic moments as this place is very popular, but it all works out in the end.

    Ambience
    Salvation Cafe draws an eclectic of customers, from inner city hipsters to elderly couples. It’s set in the heart of the reclaimed urban space of 44 Stanley Road, and its mix of restaurants, vintage clothes stores and homeware shops makes for a bustling environment. The eatery is set within a lovely cobbled courtyard with a bubbling fountain and olive trees; blink and you could be in Europe. The funky interior blends trendy retro touches with country kitchen decor.

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    It’s one of the few places that offers healthy kids’ options, like a banana yoghurt and berry smoothie or grilled free-range chicken and potato wedges.

  • Claire Hu

    Food
    This is one of the best breakfast places in Joburg, with an informal vibe and interesting options like the Mexican sausage burrito with homemade guacamole, sour cream and salsa. It also does a fine line in comfort food; try the creamy basil mushrooms on toast or American pancakes. Influences are drawn from all over the world – lunch options could include calamari with 5-spice dipping sauce, Italian tuna and bean salad or a hefty grass-fed burger. It’s good, honest grub using quality ingredients that keeps drawing the regulars back. Many of them swear its New York cheesecake is the best in the city.

    Drinks
    The small wine list is pretty average, but they serve Jack Black beer on tap and do a great range of freshly squeezed smoothies and juice blends such as beetroot, pear and carrot.

    Service
    The staff are generally friendly and efficient, especially to their regulars, and pretty tolerant of rowdy toddlers. There are chaotic moments as this place is very popular, but it all works out in the end.

    Ambience
    Salvation Cafe draws an eclectic of customers, from inner city hipsters to elderly couples. It’s set in the heart of the reclaimed urban space of 44 Stanley Road, and its mix of restaurants, vintage clothes stores and homeware shops makes for a bustling environment. The eatery is set within a lovely cobbled courtyard with a bubbling fountain and olive trees; blink and you could be in Europe. The funky interior blends trendy retro touches with country kitchen decor.

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    It’s one of the few places that offers healthy kids’ options, like a banana yoghurt and berry smoothie or grilled free-range chicken and potato wedges.

    October 2015

  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food
    The menu offers a fun, interesting variety of dishes to be ordered for breakfast and lunch. Breakfasts range from savoury options like a halloumi breakfast burrito, to sweet treats like American pancakes with fresh fruit. On the lunch side of things, they offer a few each of salads, sandwiches and wraps and a few other options. The establishment makes use of the best possible produce they can source, and it comes across in the quality of the meals.

    The portion sizes are excellent and the food is perfectly prepared, simple, tasty, fresh and served in a modern and fun way. There are a large number of gourmet beef burgers flying out of the kitchen. With a juicy, delicious patty made from grass-fed beef, and delectable toppings like caramelised onion, bacon and quacamole nestled in a homemade bun, it really is a worthwhile choice.

    Aside from the standard menu, there is a daily specials board, which is a great way of making the consumer interested in the creative way the café is making use of fresh produce.

    Drinks 
    The wine list is small but well priced and really well put together, with an intriguing offering of new and interesting wines, as well as some old favourites, and a good selection of MCCs. Beer fans will be happy to see the craft beers available on tap. There’s a small cocktail menu and a superb selection of fresh fruit juices and non-alcoholic crushes – no palate shall go dissatisfied!

    Service
    Staff members are friendly and well informed. Note that seats are available on a first come-first serve basis – bookings are not accepted. Nevertheless, our experience was fantastic. We were quickly shown to a table and warmly welcomed by a waitress. If your waiter is not immediately around, other staff members happily jump in to assist, and management keeps a watchful eye on the floor. All in all, excellent service.

    Ambience 
    The mood is relaxed but also vibrant and exciting. It is a fashionable meeting place for an eclectic mix of young and old, trendy and traditional.

    And… 
    Besides the indoor dining space for those who prefer a more private, cosy affair, the outdoor area is a great place to soak up some sun on a warm Jozi day.

    (August 2014)

  • Good-looking patrons, hustling service and delicious food. Chef-patron Claudia Giannoccaro’s flair results in seasonal, fresh, free-range dishes. Ask for a tasharita, burger or poached eggs. (EO mag 2014)
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    Yes, breakfasts are still Joburg’s best, after all this time. The coffee may well rate as the best, too. Intensely professional chef Claudia Giannocaro truly loves what she does and has cooked all over the world, so breakfasts and lunches reflect far-flung cuisines. Just try and better her eggs Benedict or her perfectly puffed Caribbean French toast served with fresh fruits and cream. Here are some of the most ingenious and tasty salads, using well grown ingredients in a new way every day. Watch the board for the day’s satisfying list of spicy specials featuring what’s been sourced a few hours before. Beef is grass fed and eggs are freshly laid by mobile chickens. The bacon is the best I’ve ever tasted and it’s not pancetta.

    Wine
    An inspired, try-me selection.

    Service
    Brilliant.

    Ambience
    The spot is always packed inside and out with movie company types.

    And...
    They still serve the ultimate poached eggs. (MLE, October 2012)
  • Josef Talotta, Marie-Lais Emond and Rupesh Kassen

    This owner-run landmark in Johannesburg won the Sunday Breakfast Award at the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards in 2011. We find out why salvationcafe remains a reliably excellent start to the day.

    The people
    Chef-patron Claudia Giannoccaro was travelling the world, cooking up a storm in ski resorts and aboard yachts, before being discovered by a prominent South African mining family, for whom she worked as a private chef. In 2007 she decided to branch out on her own and open salvationcafe, allowing all of Johannesburg – and beyond –to enjoy her culinary flair in this stylish, relaxing space.

    The food
    The daily chalkboard broadcasts up-to-the-minute dishes. Everything is seasonal and fresh, with an emphasis on free-range, grass-fed and organic ingredients as far as possible, and it’s all cooked with enthusiasm, soul and love.

    If you're feeling frisky and want to start your breakfast with a bang, ask for a Tasharita, a super-refreshing sipper with strawberries, cucumber and mint. The breakfast menu has sections for healthy, sweet, savoury, burritos, scrambled eggs and omelettes – what a treat having a real chef sort out your poached eggs! The award for most exciting and fresh-tasting salad goes to a citrus chicken and almond version. The mussel bowls, when they're on special, are expertly done. Also recommended are the eggs Benedict and the gourmet beef burger with homemade relish.

    The service
    The waiters are friendly and personable, with a keen level of efficiency.

    The ambience
    It's all such great fun, from the manager and the waiters to the food and the likeable chef. Situated in the heart of 44 Stanley, salvationcafe boasts an eclectic interior and roaring fireplace with a covered outdoor deck. While it can match all seasons and moods, it remains a favourite for a weekend brunch.

    (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Delicious Breakfast, the best I've had in a while.
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  • Amazing food. The service is not great. We got a broken off piece of carrot cake which we paid R42 for. Everything is great except the service.
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  • Worst Service. Lack of options for vegans & vegetarians, the menus are closed when you want other options. I believe that Restaurants like this WILL NOT MAKE IT IN THE NEW DAY AND TIME WITH PEOPLE HAVING DIFFERENT DIETARY OPTIONS AND THEN NOT BEING CONSIDERATE TO OUR HEALTH... MAYBE THEY SHOULD RETHINK WHAT THEY ARE DOING. utterly Disgusted & Disappointed by the place.
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  • I am such a square. If I find a place that does something good, I am loyal to the end. I have been going to salvation café for years and they have the best chicken Caesar salad in town and it seems to be the only familiar item on the menu through time. Its the perfect spot for brunch with the family.
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  • 5 Star for all - what a place. We love it there.

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  • Salvation is the best lunch venue in Johannesburg. The food is excellent (I always order from the daily specials) and the service and ambience is just right.

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  • Best cheesecake I ever had.

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  • We need a Salvation Cafe in Cape Town.

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  • Well done Claudia - Salvation Rocks.

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  • Came recommended by a few friends -buzzing, yet relaxed feel; tasty food & coffee.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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