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Truth Coffee Roasting HQ (Buitenkant)

Truth Coffee Roasting HQ (Buitenkant)
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Deli fare, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Jody Theodore

Food
A small selection of breakfast favourites served till mid-morning, followed by a light lunch and early evening dinner. There are very bold flavours – smoking appears to be highly favoured by the chef. The Pork’s Benedict Underbelly is a rich combination of flavours, combining smoked pork, poached eggs smothered in creamy hollandaise and the most unbelievable pak choi.

Favourites to try include the smoked wiener – it's great for lunch and comes with a host of toppings. Good to note is that the croissants and other sweet baked goodies are available all day from their deli section – perfect with your takeaway coffee.

Drinks
Coffee! The best in the world, if many coffee lovers and articles are to be believed. If you aren’t there for coffee, there are many options available to you. Wind down with a pot of freshly brewed tea – try the Flower Gate, it’s delicious. On the wine list, there is a large variety of craft beers (bottled or on tap) and wines to cater to all palates. If you prefer to stay dry, try any of their iced teas and juices. The menu also says it offers anything in a bottle!

Service
The reception is very friendly and you can find yourself overwhelmed by the fancy steam punk uniform when entering. Once seated, though, it's hard to pinpoint who your designated waiter is and even harder to flag them down when you need to order. Make sure you take note of their waistcoat to easily identify your waiter.

Ambience
You are greeted by heavy steel structures that reinforce the steampunk décor and theme. Elegance meets industrial in this buzzing meeting place in the city. Whether you are stopping by while on lunch, having a business meeting or grabbing a quick take away, you can’t help but get caught up in the energy of Truth.

And…
Check with your waiter to find out about saloon time; there are specials that run over this period.

(September 2016)

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  • Lily Pienaar

    We popped in on Saturday and managed to get a table just before the crowds descended. The ambience is amazing, and I love the steampunk decor and corseted get-ups of the staff, but the attitude of our waitress would not suit everyone. She repeatedly admonished us for putting sugar in our drinks and, when one member of the party ordered hot chocolate, proceeded to bully her into getting a mocha because 'at least that has some coffee in it'. Fun and quirky if you're up for it; a little off-putting and intimidating if you're not. My BLT was delicious - great flavour in the sourdough bread, lots of bacon and fresh tomato and lettuce. In fact, it was practically a triple-decker deal. If you don't have your own table you might have to share a long counter with strangers. It all adds to the sociable vibe. This spot has won numerous awards for best coffee shop in the world, so it's definitely worth a visit for the novelty value.

  • Bianca Coleman

    Food
    Truth’s east city location and early opening hours make this a popular place for breakfast (or the place to go to treat a hangover). A French toasted croissant here is decadent thing, or you might keep it simple with scrambled eggs, with smoked salmon and cream cheese as an optional extra. The Steampunk Florentine or Benedict are signature breakfasts, but be sure to try the wonderful herby stack omelette – free range eggs layered with mushrooms, ham, roasted tomatoes, caramelised onions and gruyère sauce.

    Moving on to lunch, there is an eclectic selection including tempura prawns, duck liver paté with caramelised onion chutney, beetroot and goat’s cheese ravioli with yoghurt dressing, a 300g sirloin, Thai green chicken curry, Norwegian salmon crusted in sesame seeds and served with a teriyaki sauce, or lamb shank lasagna. An impressive offering which goes above and beyond of what you’d expect from a coffee shop.

    Drinks
    Coffee. Obviously. Ask for sugar at your own risk. There’s a bit of a snobbish attitude towards the beverage, but it’s all about quality and the love of the bean. It’s one of the best cups you’ll get in Cape Town. Of course you can order other beverages too, like beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks.

    Service
    Frenetic and perfunctory. Some staff members engage with customers better than others, but sometimes you get the feeling you are a necessary annoyance.

    Ambience
    Steampunk is the name of the style game, so expect bare walls, exposed ducts, beams and pipes, metal furniture and retro décor details, all surrounding a massive coffee roastery. As such, it is noisy and often manic but even so, it’s a favourite place for local hipsters and coffee lovers to come plug in their laptops in a trendy office away from the office.

    And…
    It’s first and foremost a coffee roastery, so buy your favourite blend to take home. If you’re an aficionado, ask about a cupping. It’s not as rude as it sounds.

    (October 2015)

  • Tudor Caradoc-Davies

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    Themed restaurants are generally dangerous territory. From the rockabilly joints of Vegas (think Pulp Fiction) to the medieval jousting joints that exist overseas, you’re betting on customers never getting tired of your chosen theme.

    What does this have to do with Truth? Well, Truth is a themed restaurant too. The staff members all wear hats and waistcoats seemingly plucked right out of an Oliver Twist production. The theme is steampunk, that homage to an imagined quasi-Victorian time of retro-futuristic technology that looks like it was made from your gran’s old copper kitchen pots, polished cabinet wood and leather belts. Basically, the off-cuts of the industrial revolution.

    Truth, in contrast to Capellos or Lance-A-Lot’s Kebab Emporium, really hits the mark. The coffee bar area with its mad scientists’ coffee machine looks like some kind of steampunk cathedral organ, while the restaurant floor with its low steel furniture and hanging faux-flame light bulbs looks ripe for a Mad Max bar fight – just add moonshine and Mel Gibson.

    Breakfast is pretty comprehensive, with iterations of your usual brekkie tetris blocks available. The mushrooms on toast (R45 for mixed wild mushrooms in a creamy thyme ragout served on a slice of rye with a soft-poached free-range farm egg) is solid, if a little too salty. I’m always suspicious of normal-looking (i.e. not porcini or pine rings) black mushrooms being punted as wild, but without a forensic audit of their fungi, in Truth we trust.

    The lunch menu initially seems small, but it’s well thought-out and should offer something for everyone. From a veggie baguette to pastrami on rye, pizzas, salad, one pasta, a charcuterie platter, a steam dog (steamed bun hot dog), a burger, seared tuna and a steak sandwich – you have plenty of options. Throw in their all-day open avo sandwich, a croque monsieur and a steampunk Benedict, and you’re covered. The steak sandwich billed bravely as “The Ultimate Steak Sandwich” and the seared tuna steak with a creamy caper and lemon sauce are both very good: well-cooked, tender and flavoursome.

    Drinks
    The booze selection is a little limited, which is excusable given the fact that they are only open late one night a week. Aside from a few Windhoek/SAB options, Truth offers Devil’s Peak beers and Citizen Alliance. Wines are available on request. The coffee is, as one would expect, excellent, and one of the main reasons for stepping back in time into steampunk fantasia. With names (and effects) like Resurrection, Antithesis, Vengeance, Chaos and Organic, you’ll soon find your favourite blend.

    Service
    Excellent. Despite the Tim Burton movie getup, staff members are friendly, engaging and efficient and the barista supremely talented.

    Ambience
    Buzzy, as befitting the caffeine high running through everyone’s veins. When the weather’s calm, the doors are opened up and the tables on the street add to the vibe. Truth is almost always relatively busy and occasionally positively packed.

    And...
    They stay open late on Fridays when they feature bands. Once a month on a Wednesday sees Truth host a Vintage market.

    (July 2014)

User reviews

  • What an interesting setting for a coffee. I was truly 'wowed' by the interior of this unique coffee shop. How creative and clever! Unfortunately I did not try a famous Truth coffee but I did try a deliciously rich Nomu hot chocolate. (p.s whoever created the face of a monkey on the top of my velvety milk foam- you're amazing) I found it rather difficult to choose from the Salmon and the pork Benedict but I think I made a great choice going with the delicious pork belly Benedict with the softest poached eggs and the most incredible smokey flavors. Also, you're in for a theatrical treat when it is served to you at the table. (I won't ruin any surprises)
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  • I had the french toast with bacon and banana which I thoroughly enjoyed. Menu reasonably priced with a good variety, funky atmosphere. The service was not fantastic, we had to call our waiter every time we needed something but the overall experience was good and I'll definitely come back.
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  • Just sensational. Love this place!
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  • Very authentic atmosphere! Coffee is AMAZING. Food is good. Service is excellent. You can't miss this place when in Cape Town. Lives up to it's reputation.
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  • Absolutely fantastic vibe, loved the unique steam-punk setting- very Mad Max! Food was a bit slow to arrive but the ambience of the restaurant and photo opportunities kept the family entertained while waiting so no complaints. Had the veggie baguette with beetroot hummus, absolutely delicious!
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  • In terms of ambience and flavour this steampunk inspired space hits all the right notes. While the service is not the fastest - overall the passion and sheer friendliness of the staff makes up for it I was disappointed when the "open till late on Fridays" turned into a 8pm closing time, not wanting to leave my comfy seat where friendly people bring me the some of the best coffee I've ever had. Being a Friday night they had a live band playing interesting renditions of old favourites- which added even more spunk to the space. I worked my way up the coffee menu, trying to get as many of the different potions in as possible . I started with the Potion Brew, a cold brewed coffee, which is pure nectar– I had it straight up without any sugar on ice, and was pleasantly surprised that even 'bitter' the cold brewed coffee has none of the acid-bitterness that an unsweetened hot-brew has. Next up was the Battle Brew, a Keto/Banting friendly coffee, with coffee, butter and MCT oil (read up on Battle Brew's site for more info on that). This was very rich and creamy- almost reminiscent of a cappuccino- admittedly a bit rich for my taste, not horrible overall, but I suspect people who like milk in their coffees would appreciate it more than I did. Last but in no way least, I ordered an Americano- which was made with their own roast, Resurrection coffee. This might the best I've had! I'm struggling to find the words to describe how smooth and beautiful this coffee was. I went home with a bag full of Potion Brew bottle as gifts (thats if I don't keep them all to myself) and a ground pack of Ressurection– I just hope I can brew it as well as the Barista did. Calling all coffee-aficionadoes this is a must stop...
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  • Van Zyl suggested we have coffee here. What a good idea that turned out to be.
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Menu

Set menu - Truth - Updated August 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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