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The Whippet

The Whippet
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Special occasions
Food
Café fare, Coffee
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Thulisa Martins

Food
A Whippet morning begins with a selection of reasonably priced breakfasts that include a French omelette, a mango berry smoothie bowl, a pork belly bao Benedict and their signature Linden Breakfast sandwich.

Lunch is served from noon. An adventurous gourmand might select thyme-roasted bone marrow or even citrus-marinated haloumi. We chose to feast on a Linden Burger and a Churrasco chicken burger. While the meat might be the heart of the burger, the soft, sweet roll is its soul. The decently sized churrasco chicken burger is packed with flavour because it’s filled with mint leaves, red onion, mango aïoli and other ingredients. Zucchini fries, sweet potato fries, skinny fires or a herb garden salad are fine accompaniments to a main meal.

For dessert, a selection of cakes and pastries are available to tempt you. Choose from a range of treats that includes large cookies, croissants or a chocolate and salted caramel cake.

Drinks
The beverage selection almost over-delivers. Coffees and flavoured lattes are available, while novelty hot drinks such as a dragon chai – red espresso and chai – are also on the menu. Boutique teas like mint and rosemary are served, but one of their star drinks is a classic coffee cube. Sweetened, flavoured espresso cubes are served in a tall glass, alongside a pitcher of hot milk.

Service
Sadly, the service is as relaxed as the pot plants. As first-time visitors, we had to find our own menu and select our own table. The service is friendly but lacks warmth.

Ambience
The décor is black and white, with a touch of green. The patrons are as chic as their surroundings as they brandish laptops and hold meetings. The curbside tables offer a street view, while a small enclave that’s half indoors and half outdoors is a true gem. Plants run along the fence in this enclave, offering privacy from the street and shelter from the sun.

Best for…
A stylish and excellent café latte in a contemporary environment.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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  • Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

    The Whippet might be Linden’s most popular meeting spot. It’s where cyclists, runners and business folk converge for a morning coffee or breakfast. Despite having tables both inside and out, the restaurant is often a full house and therefore doesn’t take bookings.

    Food
    Though they serve breakfast and lunch, you can’t go wrong with the former – think everything from classic breakfasts of omlets, croissants with a selection of toppings and fillings, and benedicts. The Hot Cross Bun French toast is a standout. It’s dipped in cinnamon and vanilla batter, pan-fried until golden, and drizzled with maple syrup.

    Else opt for the Indian-spiced green chilli and coconut scrambled eggs with lime-spiked yoghurt, fresh coriander and shaved coconut served with naan bread. There’s also a breakfast burger with a smashed barbecue burger patty, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion, tomato jam and a soft free-range egg on a toasted English muffin.

    For lunch, there’s a selection of salads, hot pressed melts, burgers, light lunches and flatbreads.

    Mouthwatering options include a fennel-spiced pork melt with parsley, garlic and chilli pork meatballs cooked in a homemade tomato sauce and served in a fresh baguette. Vegetarians will appreciate the Naked Burger, which comprises a mozzarella filled veggie patty, tempura avocado slices, pickled red onion, zucchini and peppers served on a bed of fresh burger garnish.

    Dessert changes daily. As you walk in the door, take a peek at the freshly baked selection, which can include anything from rich and moist chocolate cake to traditional milk tart.

    Drinks
    The coffee is a unique blend of Costa Rican and Ethiopian beans roasted specifically for The Whippet by Stil Coffee in Northriding. Milkshake combinations of peanut espresso or dark chocolate cream and peanut butter or Cape Strawberries and vanilla will satisfy that sweet tooth. Or try one of their designer hot chocolates such as the marshmallow mocha or the pumpkin spice flavour. And if you’re after something stronger, there’s a tempting array of cocktails and mimosas such as jasmine ginger, coconut vanilla or pear and pomegranate. Craft beers, ciders, red and white wine, and bubbly are on offer, too.

    Service
    Service is efficient but not overbearing.

    Ambience
    Don’t be intimated by the hustle, bustle and sometimes queues outside the eatery – it might be a popular spot but once you get inside and find a seat, The Whippet is a comfortable, cosy and friendly refuge.

    And…
    As far as possible, The Whippet, sources ingredients from local suppliers.

    (June 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Breakfast with friends Friendly supportive staff, very busy on saturdays, local meeting place, great ambiance, new vibe in restyled WHIPPET, excellent Food, creative and inspiring Thx WHIPPET you are great
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  • Wanted to go to this place but it's not visible Service really good and efficient Place is popular Eggs Benedict was delicious with hot chocolate
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  • Was at Whippet yesterday afternoon. Had the Whippet burger which was a simple burger but quite tasty. I ordered the mango fruitshake which was really yummy. My daughter enjoyed her fried macaroni and cheese as well. Staff members were friendly and if you’re someone who enjoys noise in the background, you’ll definitely love it. It’s a great hangout spot with a vibey feel in Linden. I’ll definitely be going back to have more of what’s on the menu.
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  • Always lovely visiting, the food is always delicious, the staff are incredible and the coffee one of the best in Jozi!
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  • One of the best breakfast places in this neighbourhood. Love the concept to support other local businesses, the butcher down the street, the bakery across. On a Saturday be early to avoid the parkrun overflow
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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