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