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Swan Café

Swan Café
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Cost
R55 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Quick meals
Food
Coffee, French, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Zola Nene

Food

The menu is divided into two sections: savoury galettes and a selection of sweet crêpes with a variety of classic and speciality toppings. The savoury selection includes a breakfast galette that contains bacon, eggs and tomatoes; a croque monsieur; and one with a chicken and creamy mushroom filling. The Swan speciality galettes include one with truffled cauliflower; a goat’s cheese and caramelised apple one; and a blue cheese, pear and prosciutto one.

The sweet selection begins with the classic cinnamon sugar and lemon, the ever-popular Nutella, and a crêpe filled with homemade salted caramel. The speciality crêpes include combinations with orange sauce and thyme, berries with lemon curd, and red wine-poached pears with dark chocolate ganache.

Drinks

Swan Café specialises in teas and has a selection of its own specially blended teas on offer with quirky names such as ‘Christmas in July’ and ‘French kiss’. The teas are served on a tray, which arrives laden with a beautiful tea pot, a tea timer (so that you brew your tea for just the right amount of time) and beautiful tea leaves. There’s also coffee available on the menu, one option being iced coffee. This is served with a jug of homemade sugar syrup to sweeten it to your liking, which is a lovely added touch. Other beverages include trendy turmeric or beetroot flat whites. (Have with almond milk for an additional R10.)

Ambience

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and has a blue-and-white colour palette with an open-plan kitchen. On the walls are large murals depicting stories and tales about swans. Hanging overhead are beautiful copper birdcage light fixtures. The tables are simply laid with blue-and-white tea tins that house the cutlery and serviettes. A soft hum of French music plays under the murmur of patron chatter.

Service

On arrival you’re greeted with a friendly “Bonjour”, setting the scene for the French-style crêpe experience that awaits. The service staff is dressed in blue aprons and striped T-shirts as well as red scarves, which adds to the French ambience. Service is attentive and efficient. It’s facilitated by the owners, who are constantly present and keen for feedback.

And...

The speciality teas on the menu are all available for purchase to take home in the beautiful blue-and-white tins.

(May 2018)

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User reviews

  • I love Swan cafe, I eat there all the time. It's a perfect size meal and the place is always buzzing with energy. (Also it's gorgeous - obviously) I advise people plan in advance to queue for 10mins on a Saturday morning because it's always full. Their turn around time is fast and their service is delightful! It's a wonderful treat.
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  • I have a theory...In south Africa, the people make cuisine better than where you would find it at source. And this morning once again, it was proved right. Better Crepes than we had in Paris ❤ Thanks so much for the delicious, spectacular tasting crepes with great service. The wait for the table was well worth it 👌 ➡️ Pears Poached in Wine served with Dark Chocolate and Walnuts ➡️ Orange, Thyme and Zest with Flaked Almonds Both Buckwheat Crepes.
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  • Lovely little place with a fab atmosphere and great service! Was a bit skeptical of a savoury pancake (with memories of 1980s mushroom sauce-filled atrocities) but am a happy convert - the buckwheat crepe is a great vehicle for sweet and savoury. We had the Sud-Af (aka, full english in a pancake) and the Biquette (caramelised apple, goats cheese and thyme) which were both delicious and surprisingly filling. Next time I’ll try the Simple Trout as it looked phenomenal. Oh, and the coffee is great and the hot chocolate deliciously rich.
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  • What a great addition to the Cape Town CBD. I don’t usually opt for sweet or desserts but when I saw the chocolate, red wine pear and candied walnuts crepe on the menu...I could not resist. And wow! It did not disappoint. I highly recommend a visit. There is a variety of savoury and sweet on the menu plus an extensive list of teas and coffee. I will definitely return.
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  • A buzzing, quaint little cafe, with wonderful swan-themed decor. Lovely for an informal, tasty bite to eat. It's just a pity that the service, both in the kitchen and on the floor is very slow.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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