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Cost
R100 avg main
Ambience
Contemporary cool, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
Satisfying breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches and trendy nostalgic dishes dominate the menu. The all day breakfast sandwich comprises soft, fluffy and creamy scrambled eggs served on sourdough rye with a side of roasted baby tomatoes, crispy cuts of bacon and greens drizzled with a lemon dressing. Other breakfasts include fancy beans on toast with halloumi, poached eggs and lemon-dressed greens; Nutella-stuffed French toast with caramelised banana, bacon, berries and mascarpone; and an omelette with pan-fried mushrooms, zucchini and goat’s cheese. For lunch, order the popular bangers (wrapped in bacon) and mash with sage and onion gravy, a good burger, or one of the many hit-and-miss sandwiches, such as chicken and bacon with homemade aioli and pesto; slow-roasted pork belly with honey and roasted apples; or a very rare roast lamb. While the sandwiches include a generous amount of good bread, don’t expect any sides, and some suffer from scant dressing and toppings. Dessert could include a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake or different flavours of artisan ice cream.

Wine
Coffee is from Deluxe Coffee Works and Rosetta. Other hot beverages range from the traditional espresso to herbal tea (chamomile, peppermint and rooibos), as well as the more unusual masala chai tea or the cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate. The lemon and mint water jugs on the table are topped up from time to time; or you can order freshly squeezed juices, homemade lemonade or ginger lemonade. After beer-o’clock ask for Eversons Pear or Apple Cider or &Union beers.

Service
Friendly faces walk the floor in a laid-back fashion. Some staff still need to learn the ropes – and hone a sense of urgency – but there are good vibes if you’re patient.

Ambience
Cape Town crowds commute to Superette’s spacious and modern setting for various purposes. With its chilled urban beats playing in the background, wood and metal characteristics throughout the eatery, the tiled and face brick walls contain the city’s hustle and bustle. Perfect for people watching and rowdy chats. Work meetings and first dates? Not so much. The oversized basin, where you can wash your hands – is a nice touch. If you find yourself waiting a while for your meal, enjoy the front row show from the open kitchen or sit back and marvel at the Kokedama pot-free plants hanging from the ceiling.

And...
On your way out, grab Prince Albert extra virgin olive oils, peacock-printed notebooks and lip-stained ceramic cups. There’s a special brunch menu on Saturdays and check out the website for the date on the next Supper Club. (Jodi Seale, February 2013)
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User reviews

  • A group of us popped in at Superette for lunch on a Friday. When we first arrived we were impressed with the cool décor, the ceiling plants, and all the amazing hipsters to stare at. Our excitement soon paled, however, when we tried to talk to each other in the extremely noisy room. (The noise levels did get much more comfortable once the lunchtime crowd had dissipated.) Our drinks arrived in three shifts a few minutes apart - do the waiters not have trays? - and one of us was presented with a lemonade that she hadn't ordered. Upon asking where her ginger beer was, she was informed that it was out of stock, and was not given an opportunity to order something else. The lemonade was very good though. After waiting around to order food, we eventually got the attention of a waitron. The pesto on my chicken and bacon sandwich was barely there, and the homemade aioli was also very scant, leaving the sandwich dismally dry. The bread was deliciously chewy and the bacon was perfectly cooked, but for R60, with no side, the sandwich was rather hard to swallow. This is no doubt a great spot to grab a coffee or lunch if you want to see and be seen, but don't expect service or value for money.

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  • We had the worst experience this morning when we went for breakfast. We were given a menu and then left to decide but when we tried to order the waitress informed us they didnt have quite a few items on the menu because their deliveries hadn't come in. We asked her for a few more minutes to decide on something else. I decided not to have anything else as all my favourites were not available. My boyfriend ordered the French toast. We then tried to order orange juice which they didn't have either. We chatted between the 2 of us how we felt it should have been explained to us when we sat down that they didn't have most of the items but still didn't say anything to the staff. Then a manager came to us and said that he heard we were upset and proceeded to tell us why, in a very defensive manner, why there weren't a lot of items available. But the way he spoke to us, it was as we if we were already angry and shouting at him. He didn't even allow me to get a word in. Then after all that the food took over 30 mins and we had to leave with the breakfast in a takeaway. I dont think we will be back.

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  • One of the best breakfasts ever using fresh, wholesome ingredients sadly paired with some of the most lousy service so far experienced in Cape Town. If you don't mind chasing the staff to get their attention then you'll love this place. I'd go again for the food and vibe but only when I have endless time to spare.

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  • Hands down the yummiest scrambled eggs, rosa tomotoes and bacon breakfast in town! Love this spot!

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  • The most superbly prepared brunch in Cape Town. Always fresh and great portion sizes. Fabulous coffee! The concert can make it a bit too noisy.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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