Bernadette le Roux
Food at The Hub is delicious to eat and beautifully presented too. Ingredients used are seasonal and largely sourced from local farmers in the South Peninsula, hence the menu changes regularly. Apart from the deli and café offerings, crispy, thin-based pizzas will keep both kids and adults happy and come with a variety of appetising toppings or you can build your own.
Vegans and vegetarians are well looked after with plates that have been put together with a lot of thought. The vegetarian sag aloo with lentils, spinach and a potato cake with yoghurt raita and a crispy poppadom is highly recommended, as is the vegan salad of tumeric-roasted chickpeas with roast butternut, toasted seeds, quinoa, red cabbage and zested lemon.
For meat lovers there are warming stews such as oxtail, and burgers with handmade beef patties that come with various toppings. The crispy battered fish is excellent and comes with ‘green’ (herbed) mash and homemade curried mayo. Cape Point Bakery is on-site downstairs and guarantees fresh bakes warm out of the oven.
There is something for everyone on the wine list, but do try the local craft beer made in Scarborough, which is excellent.
Waiting staff are well-informed and attentive and their knowledge about the menus is good.
Not what one would necessarily expect in Scarborough – interiors are modern, airy, light-filled and fresh with not a dreamcatcher in sight. There are plenty of varied seating options here. Sit upstairs for a view of the ocean; either on the comfy wooden-pallet ‘sofas’ or inside in the light and airy modern space with windows looking out to sea. (Hot tip: There is a sunny spot on the veranda around the corner at a large north-facing table which is guaranteed to be wind-free.)
Downstairs is a courtyard area designed with kids and cyclists in mind with bike racks and a jungle gym. Here you’ll also find a juice and coffee bar offering power smoothies and snacks in addition to the regular menu. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
There is an excellent deli downstairs, Foragers, which will guarantee patrons don’t leave empty handed. You’ll find fresh local produce such as free-range eggs and veg, as well as plenty of gluten-free and banting-friendly offerings in addition to artisanal cheeses, pasture-reared meat and handmade chocolate. Note that the deli is open 7 days a week, including Mondays and Tuesdays even though the café is closed.
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