Jarryds in Sea Point impresses with good coffee, great food and highly efficient service, says Jeanne Calitz. It’s named for hands-on owner Jarryd Segal, a Capetonian who moved to Australia at young age but has since returned to open this spot.
This new kid on the block, a breakfast and lunch spot, goes the extra mile by serving breakfast all day long. And my goodness, they’ve got quite the selection.
On a health kick? Try the Bircher muesli with apple, berry compote, toasted coconut, yogurt and mint. If you like to combine breakfast and dessert (and why not?), the pancakes with strawberry compote, vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup would be right up your alley.
There’s also a section where you can build-your-own-breakfast, with loads of items from which to choose – chorizo, mushrooms, avo and halloumi, to name a few. I settle on the sweetcorn fritters with bacon, tomato relish, avo salsa, and perfectly poached eggs as the optional extra. The puffy, mildly sweet fritters form an excellent base for the rich flavours of the bacon, tomatoes and avo, the latter displaying the welcome, bright tingle of lemon juice. Generously proportioned, the dish is pleasingly presented, with lots of baby spinach and fresh micro greens to offset the richness of the other ingredients. Very good indeed.
So good, in fact, that you might be tempted to stick around for lunch. There are a couple of salads that draw the eye – including one with roast salmon, avo, capers, peas, feta and shaved fennel – and the sandwiches also hold promise. I like the sound of that Reuben sandwich with spiced beef brisket, crimson slaw and Swiss cheese.
Looking at what’s on the surrounding tables, it would seem the favourite is the free-range beef burger served on a brioche bun, with onion rings, tomato relish, aioli and triple cooked chips. Bacon, cheese or egg can be added at extra cost (to your arteries as well, perhaps).
They pride themselves on their coffee by Espresso Lab, and it is indeed expertly poured. The drinks menu also includes a couple of very healthy looking smoothies and cold-pressed juices.
Impressive. Amiable, charming waiters see to your every need. Food and drink are swiftly brought to the table, tables promptly cleared. Although staff keep a watchful eye, you’re not swamped with overzealous attention.
It’s a busy and bustling space, set in the covered courtyard of a centre that also houses the Amalfi Hotel with its executive suites. The style is quite striking and stripped down, with lots of black steel and light wood, and plenty of oversized light bulbs hanging from the roof. These are mostly for effect, I would think, if you consider the natural light pouring through the faceted glass roof. It does get quite noisy, due to the acoustics, but it’s all very convivial.
It’s a definite win, and a fine addition to the Sea Point café scene. With such friendly service, good food and an obvious commitment to sourcing quality ingredients, Jarryds is the kind of spot you’ll want to return to again and again.
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