Despite its inner-city location on Kloof street, walking into Our Local transports you to another world that feels far away from Cape Town’s city bowl. Our Local mostly operates as a daytime café, but offers the option of booking out the (antique store and nursery-type) space for private dinners and events.
Food type: Café fare
Cost: R85 average main meal
Parking: On the street
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 4; Service: 4; Ambience: 5
The menu here is mostly geared towards breakfast and brunch, with the usual suspects such as avo on toast, toasties and smoothie bowls all making an appearance. The real allure here is some lesser-spotted breakfast items, such as the Arnold Bennett omelette and chicken livers on toast. A surefire winner is the faultless shakshuka – softly cooked eggs in spicy tomatoes are served alongside a slice of ciabatta. Fans of anchovy will also appreciate the homemade anchovy butter, unashamedly flecked with chunks of the little fish, which is the perfect complement for two poached eggs on toast.
Look forward to a well-made coffee (served in the sweetest cups), as well as a neat offering of fresh juices and kombuchas.
Friendly, welcoming and relaxed – no one will hurry you along as you take your time choosing something to eat or stop to peruse the plants.
For a place that’s been open for a little under a year, the overall feeling is that this spot has already become ‘our local’ for many Capetonians – you’ll find a pleasant buzz of people coming in and out most times of the day.
Hearty breakfasts in an urban green oasis.
*This review was written before the rapid onset of COVID-19 in South Africa. Restaurants are now implementing extra sanitation and social distancing measures, while others are temporarily shutting down. Please refer to their social channels to stay up to date.
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