Truth Coffee Roasting HQ (Buitenkant)

Truth Coffee Roasting HQ (Buitenkant)
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R90 avg main meal
Coffee, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Bakery fare, Café fare, Deli fare, Modern
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Amy Ebedes

It may come as a surprise to some, but there’s more to Truth than their coffee. A fairly extensive menu has you covered from early snacking to hearty lunches.

Before 11.30am, their breakfast menu covers the heartiest of fare that promises to leave no hangover unturned. Tackle their signature Steampunk Benedict (to which you can add a glass of MCC), truffle-infused scrambled eggs or croissant French toast (soaked in an eggnog mixture and served with banana, rum and vanilla compote).

An all-day breakfast menu touches on more traditional dishes (with Truth’s steampunk twist, of course). Choose between the likes of shakshuka, avo on toast, croque monsieur or a Caprese sandwich.

For lunch, the classic Holy Mayo is not your average chicken mayonnaise sarmie. There’s the perfect ratio of homemade mayonnaise to chicken, and the generous filling oozes out of the sandwich. It’s more of a knife-and-fork kind of toastie. It’s perfectly seasoned, with just the right sprinkling of pepper, complemented by a generous handful of rocket and fresh tomato.

The wild mushroom gnocchi is superb: soft clouds of potato parcels served with a truffle-infused cream and grated Grana Padano. It’s rich, decadent and delicious, and you’ll be scraping the remnants of the sauce out of the bowl.

Other hearty options include steak tartare, two salads, three burger options and Norweigen salmon.

It goes without saying that coffee is the focus of this eatery – and expect anything but your average Americano. Start by choosing your beans: Resurrection, Deep, Dark & Twisted, Single Origin, or Antithesis (undoubtedly one of the best decaf beans available in SA). Next, narrow down your beverage type to hot or cold espresso-based drinks. Hot options include the likes of Americano, flat white and cortado, as well as the Battlebrew Coffee (Americano blended with butter and MCT oil). The more eccentric cold espresso-based beverages range from Sunrise espresso (a shot of espresso with orange juice and milk) to Albumen Airship (a shot of espresso with egg white and condensed milk). For the less adventurous, there is a milky iced coffee or a cold brew option available.

Other beverages include Nomu hot chocolate), babychinos, a range of teas, and a small wine, craft beer and hard tack list.

Service is a little slow, despite the surprising number of waiters on the floor. But staff are friendly enough and particularly knowledgeable about the essence of Truth: the coffee.

It’s no surprise that Truth has made it onto a number of reputable, international “Best coffee shop” lists. Steampunk is the theme here, and it touches every element of the space. The restaurant is built around Colossus, a working, vintage Probat coffee roaster. Quirky metal machinery is found at every turn, and staff are dressed to the nines in Victorian-style ensembles, complete with top hats, tails and covetable leather accessories.

Want to continue the caffeine buzz at home? Truth offers courses through their barista school. Choose between a two-hour coffee appreciation course, a four-hour barista introduction course or a five-day professional course.

Due to its location, parking can be tricky during the work week, so prepare to circle the block a few times.

(August 2017)

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  • Service
  • Food


Set menu - TRUTH MENU - Updated March 2019


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

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