Salvation Café

Salvation Café
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R100 avg main meal
Groups, Local cuisine
Burgers, Café fare, Coffee, Deli fare, Light meals, Pizzas
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
R60 (wine); R80 (sparkling); R100 (champagne)

Critic's review

Zanele Kumalo

This reinvigorated eatery, with a fresh new design, serves simple food made from very obviously fresh ingredients. They’ve upped their game but kept it cool, chic and honest.

The portions are very generous. Two of the favourites – a large plate of deep-fried calamari that’s tender, crispy and non-greasy, and light Thai-style fishcakes rolled into four golden balls are both accompanied by a crunchy Asian green salad that leaves a fragrant kick in your mouth from the well-balanced flavours.

For meatier ambitions, there are dishes that include juicy handmade beef burgers, roast pork belly and a decadently sauced pepper steak. On a lighter note, go for salads with rice noodles and dressings like fynbos vinaigrette and a breakfast menu with lovely Benedicts, burritos and pancakes.

You can have your cake and eat it, too – signature ones are available to order whole, plus cheesecakes, artisan ice creams and brownies will keep even those with the biggest sweet tooth happily indulged.

South African wines and a mix of bubbles and beers that include a few trendy craft options (a number on tap). It makes up an unintimidating selection. It also includes standard cocktails, whiskeys, liqueurs, aperitifs, digestifs and non-alcoholic fare highlighted by a homemade ginger-mint tea.

The waiters are attentive and enthusiastic, adding to a welcoming, no-fuss atmosphere.

For those who find it difficult to dine alone, this is the kind of place that will shift that kind of thinking. There are enough nooks to tuck yourself into while you mix with the kinds of families, couples and crowds who are just there to have a good time and enjoy an unpretentious meal.


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  • Anna Montali

    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.

    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’.

    Friendly and attentive.

    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.

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

    (June 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meal in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Florentine eggs were lovely Service was good Lovely outdoor seating
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  • Most importantly, out of all the breakfast spots we visited this weekend, Salvation Cafe’s coffee was the best of the bunch! Loved 44 Stanley.
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  • 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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