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Starlings Café

Starlings Café
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Cost
R88 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

Food
A great spot for a laid-back lunch or breakfast, especially on weekends. Simple, fresh and good-quality ingredients are key streaks of this café, ensuring consistently delicious fare. Tuck into a comforting aubergine bake – loaded with parmesan, tomatoes and crème fraîche. The richness of the cheese and cream take the brinjal to new heights, while tomatoes add a tangy twist.

The selection of open sandwiches includes a topping of chicken with spicy harissa served on bread of your choice. The addition of date dressing adds a new dimension of flavour to the sarmie, and balances the slightly spicy flavour of the harissa. The lunch menu also boasts a number of wraps and scrumptious salads – including a lentil salad starring avocado, caramelised onions, chevin and slow-roasted tomatoes topped with basil oil dressing.

For breakfast, eggs are cooked to perfection – whether fried, poached, scrambled, or made into an omelette. Bacon, sausage, salmon, chorizo, mushrooms and spinach can be included as extras. If you’re feeling really hungry, the curried mince with poached eggs on toast might hit the spot. The honey toasted muesli with Bulgarian yoghurt, banana and berries, is a delight.

Drinks
BYO, or simply sip on a kickass coffee, tea or a healthy juice.

Service
Service starts off slow and unattentive, but picks up slowly as the meal progresses.

Ambience
A home away from home. The charming garden – with greenery galore – is the ideal spot for an easy summer brunch or breakfast.

And…
Check out the cake counter for a selection of baked goods, including carrot cake with cream cheese icing, deliciously moist brownies and flourless treats.

(August 2017)

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  • Graham Howe

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    This is the perfect local spot to do breakfast or brunch, any time of the week. Honesty and simplicity are the keywords of this homely café which calls itself “a coffee shop behind a hedge”. The quality of the fare is based on genuine farm-fresh ingredients - free of preservatives, colourants, antibiotics and hormones. Golden, yellow free-range eggs are cooked precisely to order - whether in their signature solitaire eggs Benedict or Florentine (ask where the free-range bacon, eggs or spinach comes from and they’ll tell you the name of the farmer). Seriously. Many ingredients are ethically sourced from small growers and urban farmers.

    They brew damn fine coffee to go with a buttery croissant and they make their own honey-toasted muesli. The sandwiches, salads, wraps and power bowls (with quinoa, fermented cabbage and seasonal fruit and vegetables) are full of honest-to-goodness flavour and crunchy texture as well as a delight to the eye.

    Vegetarians will find plenty on the simple lunch menu, from lentil salads and a delicious mushroom risotto and aubergine bake, to a tart of the day. The salsa, dressings and sauces are all home-made. No short-cuts in this slow food kitchen.

    Drinks
    Unlicensed so BYO. The coffees, teas and juices are healthy and wholesome.

    Service
    Delightful; always warm, welcoming and well-informed on ingredients.

    Ambience
    Nostalgic with a charming retro feel - like dining in an old aunt’s home, among rooms that lead into a charming garden for summer lunches.

    And…  
    Watch out for their new venture, Locale, an espresso and cocktail bar on Klipfontein Road, Little Mowbray.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Always enjoy their breakfasts! The service is great and it's a gorgeous little place.
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  • Starlings Locale, is like home ! Nothing better than once a week to pop in to their cavendish cafe Locale and have a quick brekkie and a cup a coffee. Their staff are fabulous and the food is even better ! Go treat yourself to the suburban cafe ! Feels like a coffee shop in London ! And try their millionaires shortbread it is too die for !
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  • Love love love. We ended up here after asking google for breakfast spots close to us. Starlings was in walking distance, and I had seen some good reviews. We took a walk and walked right past this restaurant twice, before realizing it was in a house. It is a very quirky little spot with mismatched furniture and colourful coffee cups. We sat in the garden which was really lovely. I said I wanted poached eggs with salmon, and while I was in the loo my friend told my boyfriend that's what florentine meant. I got back and they had ordered for me, when the food arrived my "salmon" was kind of green and spinachy. We all had a good laugh. I stole a piece of bacon from a friends plate, but wasn't at all sad about the lack of salmon with my eggs, the florentine was delicious! They also have a beautiful display case of cakes, which I didn't taste but they totally look lie they're worth another visit.
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Facilities

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

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