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SMAK Delicatessen

SMAK Delicatessen
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Cost
R102 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Deli fare, Light meals, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40

Critic's review

Hope Malau

Smak is a very vibrant, cozy little eatery. Its menu offers a lot of hot bravrage selections but mostly coffee and a small list of alcohol drinks. Their clientel is mostly nearby office workers looking for a coffee boost and a lunch meal.
They offer designed cake orders for birthdays or other event. The eatery is small but with an outside sitting area for smokers.

Food
Smak is a breakfast and lunch eatery, that offers baked cakes on order. The menu offers light meals, salads, lunch, pasta, burgers and breakfast. My waiter recommended that I try out Lamb double zero, consists of roasted leg of lamb in creamy sauce and pasta covered with grated parmasan cheese. It has a fresh earthy taste from the shredded lamb that cuts through the freshly made pasta. Would have liked to try out The Smoke Bomb consists of homemade smoked tomato chutney and mozzeralla cheese burger. It has a catchy name. The next time I visit will try out the heart stopper a classic french “croque monsieur” can add chips, egg, bacon, cheese or emmental on the side.
There is no dessert menu but they offer four types of cheese cakes sold sliced if your craving something sweet. The meal gave value to the money spent.
There is enough options for vegetarians. They offer fresh meals for during the day that is something different from the rest.

Drinks
The hot drinks list consists of different coffees, homemade hot chocolate, latte and teas. The usual cold drinks and juices and a ginger shot. They offer a small selection of gins, whisky, brandy, rum, vodka, digestif, tequila, sparkling wine and 12 wines you can choose from. Like the desplayed Bonfire hill red mild blend has fruity and spice notes to the taste and a punch of oak to the nose.

Service
The waiters are friendly, but the reaction to get the customer sitted is slow. The waiters need more knowledge on the menu items sold, to make good sales. The wait for pasta dishes takes a while but the fresh taste makes worthwhile.

Ambience
This is a buzzy place to eat at, would recommend that you take along a friend to enjoy the loud conversations.
Its more of a 40+ old working crowed that seem to be more visible. Its more of a eat and go envirnoment.
The décor has a deli look of cans, oils, almond milk, cold meat, sweets and cheese cakes on display.

Best for...
This is the best place to have those out of the office quick meetings over coffee or lunch type of eatery.

(2018)

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  • Lily Pienaar

    These sandwiches are game changers! Order what you want on your sarmie off a checklist and wait a few minutes - it'll be worth it, promise. Highly customisable - I went for chicken, gherkins, home-made mayo, butter on a lightly toasted ciabatta. It was my best sandwich of the year so far. I have also had one with boerenkaas, olive tapenade and beef pastrami. They are generous with the toppings too. So much better than a lot of the usual spots on Bree.

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  • Linda Scarborough and Tracy Greenwood

    Food

    This popular Bree Street café and restaurant serves up great quality food – including fresh handmade pasta, which you can see drying in the pasta station. The Green Double Zero is a great choice if you feel like a treat for lunch. Fresh tagliatelle pasta is tossed in a basil-pistachio pesto, with beans, spinach, broccoli and parmesan. It hits all the right notes. The pasta is light and the sauce rich; the veggies providing pops of freshness against the backdrop of creaminess. It’s healthy but decadent. Also on offer are delicious bespoke sandwiches. Choose your own fillings from the extensive list.

    The burger is delicious, with crunchy homemade crisps in place of greasy fries, and the hard shell tacos with black bean pureé and spicy chipotle chicken have a cult following. They also do really nice little banana loaves for R15 each, which give one enough fuel to get through a long afternoon at work. Or, if you’re in the mood for something richer, there is a fresh selection of baked goodies daily — from tiny tarts to salted caramel cheesecake and other cakes, depending on what moves the young chefs on any given day.

    Drinks

    Barista Atkins makes a mean flat white with Uber beans – which comes served with a delicious little baked crunchie bite.

    Service
    Service is friendly, but the staff sometimes seems a little harassed when it’s busy. There's also a queue for coffee.

    Ambience

    This is a great spot for a working lunch or breakfast. Besuited lawyers mix with media types in a light, unfussy space. The décor is limited to black, white and wood, with flowers on the tables adding a little warmth.

    And…
    They’re dog-friendly and will supply a water bowl to thirsty pups.

    (September 2017)

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User reviews

  • When I walked in and saw that you guys didn't win... I could not believe it. I simply love this place. You guys are well recommended by me. You will always be winners to us.
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  • Love this spot, best coffee.
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  • SMAK makes the most delicious spicy chicken strips with a delicious side salad. Was very surprised to get potato skins asking for chips but they were also very nice and awesome with the mayonnaise dip.
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  • Best lunch ever. Chicken strips are to die for. Thank you SMAK!
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  • Best coffee shop
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  • My favourite restaurant! Great coffee, amazing high quality food, and the best service! They have such a great atmosphere, a truly wonderful experience thanks to the amazing staff. I always find myself recommending this place to friends, and I have breakfast almost daily here, the granny granola is my all-time best. I'm super excited to try out the dinner. Thanks for setting a higher standard, Cape Town needs you!
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  • Good coffee shop and great breakfast!
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  • Great service and nice breakfast !
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  • Best coffee shop at bree!
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  • Top place for get coffee and good breakfast
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  • Best coffee shop in Bree street,
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  • Lot good high quality food, well done
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  • Lovely place and amazing food. Love the vibe!
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  • Best decision food.
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  • Great spot good service and friendly staff.
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  • You can get this place best coffee and best service
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  • Lunch always best quick and good.
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  • Always good food and good service.
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  • Service best and nice vibe
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  • We get nice breakfast and excellent sevice!
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  • Best coffee
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  • Best spot in bree
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  • Best place for good coffee
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  • Breakfast very nice and service good very good!
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  • Great spot to have lunch. Beautiful hand made pasta. Awesome desserts, love the cheesecake!
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  • Best place for breakfast
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  • Nice place
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  • Highly recommended
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  • Nice spot for lunch, service nice!
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  • Very nice place to have lunch. Awesome atmosphere and service.
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  • Best lunch.
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  • Awesome food and nice vibe
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  • Best. Fresh. Fast
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  • Best breakfast!!!
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  • Nice place
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  • Pasta and breakfast best!
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  • Best coffee in CBD
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  • Best spot to have lunch. Food was fresh and the service great!
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  • Awesome place for lunch. Has a great atmosphere! Will recommend any time.
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  • The problem in writing a review of SMAK is, where to start? By day, a great spot for quality breakfasts and lunch, great coffee, a small deli but, lots of passion and enthusiasm for all things food. Now that it has an alcohol licence, another establishment mucked around by the dreadful powers that be, it can offer a far more holistic evening, for we foodies; their recent tapas evening being a case in point. While the newbie wine list has yet to stretch it’s wings, it’s more than adequate to complement. Crisps, hummus and a wonderful dukkah kicked off proceedings, smoked cheese croquettes with a dip and salad, followed by a stunning mackerel and langoustine risotto, served with the most fabulous panko crisped chicken strips.... no let up, as braised beef short rib with a smoked mash concluded all things savoury. A pudding jar, tart and vanilla cream were sumptuous. What a meal, especially as my wife is a veggie, for whom they always cater in an exemplary fashion, not just an inconvenienced after thought! At R500 per couple, outrageous value, if anything, a little too much food, however, the quality certainly made the quantity worth while. Support Devin and Katia, young, enthusiastic and passionate stars in the Cape Town culinary constellation!
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  • From the moment I walked in I felt special! Seated at a fantastic table, friendly greeting, had fantastic wine and delicious pasta! This is definitely my fav spot!!!!
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  • I'm a regular customer and will never stop coming to SMAK! Friendliest and most efficient staff, the best food, and great service! will never get bored of your coffees and my daily crunchy.
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  • Found a little gem in town. The food is excellent and the staff are extremely friendly!
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  • absolutely awesome,!!!
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  • Nice!!!
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  • Fell in love with the pasta. Lost my mind with the cheesecake & hottest chef in town
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  • Make my day happy!
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  • Good service, food fresh!
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  • Great lunch, good service☆
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  • Always have amazing pasta dishes, Friendly staff. Katia is the best chef .Thank you for good time!
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  • Your food best. Well done.
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  • Very nice sponfor great lunch, lovely service.
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  • Best coffee in town!
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  • Best best best!!! Highlyrecommend!!!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
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  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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