Starlings Café

Starlings Café
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R88 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Greg Landman

This is home comfort food at its best with delicious aromas coming from the kitchen to greet you as you enter. The intensely rich salmon tart with a red onion base and rich cream cheese centre is a knockout. The crunchy super fresh salad with its tangy dressing just takes the edge off all that richness very nicely. The aubergine bake is another favourite, bringing back memories of Imam Bayildi in Turkey, redolent with garlic and tomatoes. Put a little spicy edge on things with tasty yellow Asian chicken curry served with cauliflower rice so you won’t feel too guilty. Finish up with the best cheese cake in this neck of the woods—baked and irresistible. They are not licensed so take your own—no corkage obviously.
Smiling and attentive from a friendly crew.

This delightful old house hides behind a hedge on the main road but once you go in a whole new world awaits. The locals love lingering in the cosy interior with various table combinations encouraging a little tete a tete with someone or long tables to make new friends. The garden is an oasis in the summer with plenty of shade to make it even more like a secret hideaway.
AND The piéce de résistance is their superb whole-wheat bread—have a slice with a knob of butter melting into its heavenly centre.

Best for...
Cosy meals with close friends.


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  • Ashraf Booley

    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.

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

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

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

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

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