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The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, South African
Payment
Diners, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
no corkage fee

Critic's review

Lindsay September

Food
This is where to go if you want a small but steady selection of salads and sandwiches. Also tempting are the hotdogs, one of which comes topped with tasty chilli con carne. There's also a beef and ale pie. Unfortunately, while the bells and whistles – like the chilli con carne and the chutney that accompanies the pie – are decent, the rest of the flavours are bland and barely-there. It's difficult to trace a taste of ale in the pie and the beef itself lacks depth. There are also cumbersome hard chunks that make chewing difficult, but the pastry is enjoyable.

The bakes are worth trying and you'll count yourself a winner if you manage to score a slice of the carrot cake.

Drinks
Beware: the drinks menus are scattered around – make sure to crane your neck every which way so you'll find the wine menu, the juice menu and the hot drinks menu. The usual suspects feature on the hot drinks menu, whilst the juice menu offers two freshly pressed juices and two smoothies. Make sure to request ice with your juice if you prefer it that way – it's served warm. The wine menu is very short but offers all options by the glass.

Service
Staff are better suited for the restaurant's nighttime vibe. Tables are cleared quickly but none of the waiters have a demeanour that makes you want to linger longer.

Ambience
The décor is a hotchpotch of rustic elements that walks the line between quirky and under-maintained. Daytime clientele mainly comprise those seeking a coffice and friends having quick lunches.

And...
There's a bar in the back, where you can try pickleback shots.

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(July 2018)

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User reviews

  • One of the best coffee shops cum bars (nighttime) in the city. Great pastries and cake, but the coffee and the chilled vibe are the drawcard here. Settle in and make this cosy place your mobile office for the day.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Takeaways

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