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SMAK Delicatessen

SMAK Delicatessen
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Cost
R95
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Deli fare, Light meals, Vegan food, Vegetarian
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Critic's review

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.

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

(September 2017)

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  • Linda Scarborough

    Food
    The breakfast menu is brief but impressive, offering gourmet granola with beurre noisette and maple syrup emulsion; a great-sounding beans-on-toast option with avo and chorizo; fancy scrambled eggs on toast with caramelised onions and parmesan; seared salmon with poached egg and prosciutto (a little steep start to the day at R105); and Mexican-style baked eggs with rump steak.

    If you’re stopping by after 11.30 and before 3.30pm, you have about seven choices on the menu for lunch. It’s pretty serious stuff, as evidenced by the chefs in whites bustling around the open kitchen in the back. Ordinary city-bowl fare available elsewhere like chicken wraps and salads makes way here for fresh handmade pasta with pesto, greens and parmesan (R75) and chalmar rump with dry-roasted beetroot and cauliflower purée (R120).

    The mussel bowl (R88) may seem like a petite portion, but with flavour this big, you don’t need much more. The creamy broth is packed with chopped coriander and parsley, with the smoky notes of bacon coming through the warmth of chilli. It’s a hit for a light lunch, and you’ll want to slurp the sauce from every last shell.

    For something a little more affordable and filling any time of the day, try the classic croque monsieur (R38) playfully dubbed ‘the heart stopper’, or you can build your own sandwich from the selection of local and imported cheese, charcuterie and pickles (price by weight).

    We also hear that the bacon butty (R38) is pure indulgence, with thick-cut smoky bacon on a homemade bun with lashings of salty butter. Bakes like mini banana loaf and carrot cake make a nice accompaniment to a takeaway coffee.

    Drinks
    Beans are from Uber, and there are some speciality hot drinks like bulletproof coffee and red and chai lattes. Cold options include imported San Pellegrino fizzy fruit beverages and water, plus the usual soft drinks. They don’t have a liquor licence, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you’re staying for a leisurely lunch.

    Service
    It’s too early to comment fairly, but we’re sure the team will get the hang of things soon enough. There is a large staff complement, so you won’t be short of attention.

    Ambience
    They have very smartly done up the space, with pale wooden counter seating, an island of tall, dark shelves filled with deli items and sweets, and a long counter alongside the till. Depending on where you sit, you can watch the kitchen or roadside activities.

    And…
    SMAK offers the best of both worlds – a bustling sidewalk-café kind of feeling with protection from the elements.

    (February 2016)

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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  • always fresh! Great vibe with good service and a smile on all staff's faces.
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  • Such a VERY nice atmosphere with sharp & friendly staff!! Amazing lunch & breakfast! The cheesecake is to die for!!
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  • This place make me happy every day I love you guys, your hospitality best if feeling always am home!!!
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  • Not a huge coffee fan but this place definitely changed my mind love it. And big shout out to Katy for the great food and very nice desert!!!
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  • Best place in town all nice food, coffee and service!!!
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  • Lovely place,nice coffe and excellent food!!!
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  • Always good fresh food make my day Nice. Well done!!!
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  • Great breakfast and coffee is always fresh and brilliant. My favorite lunch space. Great big thanks to katia she always brightens my day.
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  • Best place for lunch in Bree street
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  • Excellent food, excellent service!!!
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  • best place for great lanch !!!
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  • The most fantastic restaurant not only in Cape Town but in Africa....and service can't be beaten anywhere... manager Katie always on the ball and makes everything run perfect if I could Tate this place 10 star I would....
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  • My best spot in Bree street, ask Katia about cheesecake it's best !!!
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  • Best spot in Bree street! Make my day happy!!!
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  • Again a great experience, I truly enjoy the vibe, lively Manager!! Keep on keeping on!!
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  • Great cheesecake, great coffee perfect place for pasta highly recommended
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  • My best place for great food and good service
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  • Fantastic food, fresh fish and very nice presentation. Wonderful service, thanks guys, keep it up!
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  • Always great food and service! Well done!!!
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  • Excellent food, excellent service!
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  • Nice spot!!!
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  • Best!!!
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  • Wow what an awesome experience great staff great food, I want to meet be in here :)
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  • Great place for good breakfast !
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  • Great service, great food Thanks to Katia!!!
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  • Best coffee and nice breakfast!!!
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  • Great service, great food!
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  • Great am happy for good quality food!
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  • Best service,Best food, will be back. Thanks
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  • Always satisfied by the outstanding food and friendly service
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  • This is a vibey, nice ambience and friendly staff, Highly recommended!
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  • Very fresh and delicious pasta, staff friendly, service excellent.
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  • Kari's you food very nice! Fresh and delicious! Will be back
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  • Best coffee and very friendly staff like breakfast it's best !!!
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  • I love this everyday restaurant in Bree Street Their bacon butty is delicious, slightly sweet bread roll toasted to perfection with a super salty, crispy bacon filling. The taco's are quite something too with the right amount of spice and crunch and packed with flavour. Smashed Avo is a lovely breakfast option too. Excellent service every single visit!
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  • what a great addition to Bree Street - yes I realise it has been there a while, but it is the first time I have been for lunch. We both had pasta dishes and they were delicious and exactly the right portion size for lunch. I had the "green" pasta - a delicious combination of al dente broccoli, beans and a great pesto made with basil and pistachio nuts. C had the Lamb pasta - shredded roast shoulder with cream - which was finished before I was half way through mine...All pasta is handmade on the premises and is exactly what you want pasta to be. Service is quick and efficient - key at lunchtimes. Will be back
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  • Everything on the menu sounds delicious, but do yourself a favour and have one of the pastas - made with freshly made pasta that you can see hanging in the kitchen.
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  • Awesome place to meet up with friends and grab a delicious dish or simply a yummy cup of coffee.
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Menu

Set menu - SMAK - Menu - updated in October 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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