One look at the Delish Sisters Instagram feed, and it’s clear you’re in for some beautiful food when visiting this cosy Dolphin Coast café. Nestled in the heart of the popular Litchi Orchard, this sister-run venue offers a unique breakfast menu and an ever-changing harvest table for lunch. Eat Out critic Nikita Buxton finds a spot under the trees for a wholesome bite to eat.
Serves: interesting breakfasts and seasonal harvest table lunches
Best for: A weekend feast with family and friends
Parking: There is ample parking under the trees on the Litchi Orchard plot
Average main course: R90 or R22.50 per 100g
Star ratings: Food 5, service 4, ambience 5
Whether you’re here for breakfast, brunch or lunch, Delish Sisters caters for all palates with wholesome cafe-style cooking.
The breakfast menu steers clear from run-of-the-mill eggs on toast, featuring the likes of pecan-crusted French toast, shakshuka and creamy scrambles with tomato and chorizo. The eggs Benny is a thing of beauty: a freshly baked English muffin is topped with perfectly poached eggs, smoked salmon or bacon, and a gloss of Hollandaise with a glorious lemon and mustard flavour. Another winning breakfast dish is the flapjack stack. Three fluffy flapjacks tower high with a pat of cinnamon and pecan butter, maple syrup, toasted pecans and mascarpone. It’s sweet, rich and perfect for an indulgent weekend treat.
The harvest lunch table changes on a weekly basis but is always laden with fresh, wholesome dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. It’s a weigh-and-pay system so be careful not to get too excited when you see options like roasted-lamb naan wraps, onion-and-thyme tarte tatin, and cream-cheese-and-beetroot terrine. The sticky onion-marmalade pork sausages are rich and satisfying too, but the phyllo cigars are the ones not to miss. These long and delicate phyllo straws are filled with a meaty mushroom filling and fragrant thyme and are so popular that they’re snatched up as soon as they come out of the oven.
As for dessert, expect freshly baked delights that change daily, like quinoa-and-berry cake, halva-and-pecan cheesecake, almond tart and addictive pasteis de nata.
There’s coffee by Beanstruk Roastery located right next door as well as daily fresh pressed juices (think clementine, apple and mint). If you’re looking for something with a kick, the small wine list offers good quaffers like Dieu Donne MCC, Black Oystercatcher sauvignon blanc, and Môreson Dr Reason Why unoaked chardonnay. There are also some local craft beers available, and seasonal Inverroche gin-and-tonic cocktails with flavourings and garnishes of rosemary, grapefruit, Turkish delight and strawberry.
Whether you’re helping yourself at the harvest table or ordering off the menu, expect to be greeted with bright smiles and friendly service. The bubbly sisters are ever-present to accommodate and give their recommendations. It might be a bit slow at times, but it’s an excuse to linger a little longer.
The location is everything you’d want in a lazy lunch. There’s natural wood, leafy delicious monsters and palm fronds, wicker placemats and jazzy music. Nab a table outside and bask in the balmy weather alongside the rustling trees or find a seat inside the buzzing deli, surrounded by succulents and food-laden tables.
The Delish Sisters team is also available to cater for dinner parties, work functions and even weddings.
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