Brunch is a mealtime accepting of all comers. Slept in? Welcome and enjoy. Worked so hard you forgot to eat breakfast? Perfect for you. Want an excuse for a tipple before noon? One stack of flapjacks plus bubbly coming right up. With those forgiving parameters in mind, we’ve drawn up a list of some of our favourite brunch spots in Pretoria.
Afro-boer ‘makes and bakes’ daily, so expect a lavish spread of freshly baked muffins, breads, pastries, tarts and cakes for brunch, along with an à la carte menu. If you’re adventurous, try the kaiings and pap (fried pork or sheep crackling served with putu pap and moskonfyt-flavoured whipped fat), baked oats (served with Bell’s whiskey, cream and hazelnuts, or a more virtuous version with berries, toasted almonds and honey), or a variety of egg dishes. The coffee here is particularly good, served hot and strong. Best of all, you can enjoy your lazy brunch in Afro-boer’s lush garden, which is filled with scented flowers and chirping birds.
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Brunch gets its own menu section and trading hours at Capital Craft. There are six brunches from which to choose between 10.30am and 1pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. One option is a pretzel roll filled with cream cheese, scrambled egg and honey-glazed bacon. Else opt for ‘The Big Boy’: a waffle topped with three rashers of honey-glazed bacon, grilled tomatoes, corn, smoked Bockwurst and two eggs. Wash it done first with a discounted coffee (all brunch meals can come with a half-price coffee) then with a few beers from the extensive selection.
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The breakfast menu at this eatery is extensive and includes a couple of banting options. If you’re that way inclined, you might enjoy the bacon banting option, which includes streaky bacon, poached eggs, braaied mushrooms, mushroom duxelles, roasted balsamic-cherry tomatoes and Hollandaise sauce. If you prefer to partake in a feast of carbs, try the French toast, which is rolled and filled with either cream cheese, gooseberry compote and bacon, or cream cheese, brown mushrooms and bacon. The banana bread with honey and cinnamon butter is also worth a mention. The restaurant’s open deck is wonderful if you like a bit of a breeze with your breakfast.
This spot has now moved to Shere but it’s still churning out the delectable treats that its name suggests, in addition to great brunching options. Try the chocolate omelette or pancake with strawberries or, for something savoury, the open omelettes with spinach, feta and sun-dried tomatoes or aubergines, sun-dried tomatoes and feta. The Mexican omelette is also worth ordering. Enjoy with a cup of tea served in beautiful teapots, with teacups to match.
The festive atmosphere at this Italian-style restaurant will have you in a good mood in no time. The croissants here are particularly good: big enough to share and generously filled. The almond-flavoured one is rich and buttery; the chocolate-filled version is dark and delicious; and the custard-filled croissant is creamy and decadent. (They have plain ones too.) Old Town Italy also makes a good shakshuka. If you’re up for a boozy brunch, they offer two morning cocktails, a Bellini and a Ketel vodka Bloody Mary. There’s also a refreshing range of freshly squeezed juices and good strong coffee.
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