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Bellevue Café

6 Reviews
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Modern
Phone Number 0317172780 Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm; Saturday 8am to 9pm; Sunday 9am to 3pm

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Menu

Menu - Bellevue Breakfast and Lunch Menu - Updated August 2018 Bellevue Dinner Menu - Updated August 2018

Details

Cost
R90 avg main meal
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Modern
Corkage
R40 for the first bottle and R55 thereafter
Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Breakfast, Child friendly, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Eat Out reviewed, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Smoking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

5 Bellevue Road, Kloof, Durban

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nicola Jenvey

There’s an arty feel to Bellevue Café – a spacious, contemporary eatery with its industrial brick and ironwork that is consistently lively regardless of the time of day. Screens break up the large space, trees grow inside the restaurant for a touch of the organic and blackboards list the wine specials and craft beers on offer.

Food
Chef-patron Chris Black has a well-earned reputation for creating food magic and in Bellevue Café that comes with a trendy vibe for breakfast, lunch and dinner – all-day food with soul.
Light nibble breakfasts range from simple croissants served with jam or cheese and Black Forest ham to a seasonal fruit bowl – an extravagance of muesli, seeds, oats, walnuts, cranberries, apricots and double cream chai pudding for a solid foundation to the day – or a banting option.

Lunches cater for the social crowd, with salads like classic Caesar; grilled chicken and zucchini ribbons; or a sublime combination of chicken, brown rice, quinoa, pickled ginger and various vegetables. Other classics are quiche Lorraine, peri-peri chicken livers, fish and chips or warm chilli coriander corncakes that embrace the regional love for spicy food.

Dinner main courses are hearty offerings that include the triple-roasted free-range duck with a Cointreau orange sauce, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables that are worth a return visit. The rich, creamy chicken-and-prawn curry encapsulates KwaZulu-Natal in each mouthful and the exotic flavours of the chimichurri-basted baby chicken are will make you clean the plate.

Desserts are decadent homemade treats like toasted banana bread and liquid-centred chocolate pudding, as well as classics like crème brûlée, baked cheesecake and homemade gelato. Those more inclined to savoury can indulge in a locally inspired cheese board with preserves and crackers while gently sipping an after-dinner brandy.

Drinks
Blackboard lists of craft beers and the smaller wineries currently being offered adorn the wall above the kitchen hatch opening. Prices are steep but reflect the boutique value placed on products of this ilk. The printed wine list pays homage to treasures not usually seen in restaurants. Non-alcoholic drinks include the robot-coloured range of freshly crushed juices – red (beetroot, apple and ginger), green (apple, lemon and celery) or yellow (carrot, apple and pineapple) – or smoothies (peanut butter, mango and strawberry). There are also must-try milkshakes.

Service
Service is alert and owner-driven, with staff aware of patrons without being intrusive. When busy, the wait between courses is acceptable and when there are issues, communication means patrons are not frustrated by being kept in the dark.

Ambience
Bellevue Café remains a buzzy space, attracting the young and trendy with its touch of industrial brickwork, information delivered on blackboards and view into the kitchen. The décor matches the expectations – be that of a long casual lunch with good friends in the courtyard or cosiness indoors.

And…
Bellevue Café is ideally suited to private functions, whether a wedding reception or club’s annual dinner or a smaller event like the monthly men’s poker school.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Entertaining
    Living in Durban, a trip to the Highway area is always something to look forward to - reminds me of the Welsh hills and on a sunny day, it's an awesome place to visit. Bellevue Café is one of my favourite places at which to restore energy levels - from the crunchy gravel driveway and great architecture on the campus, to the intriguing little boutiques and the always attractive table groaning with delectable cakes, it's an experience, usually filled with good food, to make me want to keep going back. Yesterday's meal, however, was a bit of a let-down. Coffee and a light lunch were our requirement, and the menu choices were great - hamburgers, chicken prego, quiche, fish and chips - all good, honest fare. Being a Durbanite means that Kloof seems somewhat chilly, so I opted for the soup of the day - creamy lentil. My lunch date went for the chicken prego. Really excellent Cappuccinos arrived quickly, and we waited for the food, happily observing the kitchen action and the many plates of good-looking food being produced. Both our meals were delivered at the same time, it was hot, looked appetizing. My soup was a vast soup plate of thick, creamy liquid, which I thought was mushroom soup. The surface of the soup had little piles of Parmesan cheese grains. I loath most Parmesan cheese and avoid it like the plague (the exception is the real thing, crumbling like sugar cake, and sweet and salty all at once, to be hacked into chunks with a broad blade and eaten sparingly with plain crackers and quince paste), so I pushed it all to one side and sampled the creamy soup. Sadly, it was not a pleasant taste - almost no lentil flavour, just an over-the-top cheesy creaminess, and the texture was thick double cream with slightly undercooked, partly puréed lentils lurking in every mouthful. the accompanying artisan bread had been lightly toasted but heavily compressed, so it was a bit on the stodgy side. Butter was wrapped in paper twists, which looked attractive, but for me, food and paper don't go, so no butter on my toast. The waitress could see I wasn't entirely happy, and immediately offered to replace the soup with a Parmesan-free version, which I declined: not much point as it wasn't just the Parmesan that wasn't to my taste. It's not really the chef's fault when a customer doesn't like the meal, and I didn't want to order something else and be charged for two meals, but the waitress did her best, so we will go back, hopefully for a more successful choice on my part. The chicken prego, by the way, was excellent, according to my other half, but could have been improved by not soaking the roll with mayo and sauce: they should just put the lettuce on the roll, then the tomato, then the sauce and chook, top it off with another lettuce leaf and the toasted bun stays lekker crispy! Conclusion: it's still a good cafe, and we'll be back, mostly courtesy of a pleasant waitress and everyone else's good looking food!
    I’ve been hearing great things about this café for years, but what really peaked my interest was that it shares the same owners with Lupa Osteria, one of my absolute favourite restaurants in Durban. Probably what took me so long to go and try it out was the fact that it was all the way up in Kloof and I’m never in that area for any other reason, so it was never top of mind when thinking of places to go for breakfast or lunch. But we eventually made it one stinking hot humid day a few weeks ago, after a trip to the Hillcrest pet shops (again – yes, I know). We had to use our GPS as it isn’t a restaurant that you’ll just notice off the side of the highway, but instead it’s nestled snuggly between Fat Tuesday (said to be Kloof’s best kept secret showcasing local artists, designers & photographer’s pieces) and the Delcairn Shopping Centre, at 5 Bellevue Rd, Kloof. There is ample shaded parking inside as well as on the street if that gets too packed. When we arrived, we were unaware of the parking inside, so we parked down the road outside, under the watchful eye of a very friendly car guard. We were greeted by a lovely garden setting under plenty of umbrellas and high trees. Just what we needed for such a scorching day. There were a few tables uncovered for those children of the sun, and a few more inside the restaurant if you haven’t yet acclimatized to the occasional rain forest, which is Durban. The garden is surrounded by bushes and flowers and really makes you feel like you are at a relaxed luncheon in a friend’s back garden, but here is your forewarning that as beautiful and serene as it is, if you have a tendency to attract mosquitoes, then do yourself a favour and take a peaceful sleep stick or alternatively some anti-itch cream for your ankles. Those buggers love the cover just as much as you will. While watching vintage cars and yellow beetles with surfboards drive by, we admired the inside area, which has much the same look as Lupa (see my review of Lupa) and checked out the Drinks Chalkboard which displayed various craft beers, assorted wines and much to my delight, the Dragon fiery ginger beer I discovered at Union Square (see my Union Square review). This was next to the Specials Chalkboard, which changes just before every meal. They were just starting to rub off breakfast and add the lunch specials, so in the meantime we perused the menu and enjoyed the fresh air. I’m going to be honest and say the food selection, even though extensive, won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, especially if you’re a “burger, pizza & wings only” kinda person. But it’s definitely my kind of place. Unusual and new and unique flavours combine to produce a beautiful variety of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, pastas & classic dishes with a twist, that both look & taste the part. I don’t usually like to mention anything bad about restaurants, because I think that every place has their slow or understaffed days, but there was only one thing that annoyed us a little bit. The service was really slow and the Artisan Bread was not very impressive. We had about 5 different people serve us and we had to ask 2 people at a time for drinks, a wine list, food menus, a spoon and more bread. The artisan bread was toasted and very thinly sliced. Not very impressive when all you want to do is lap up your creamy bacon chicken liver sauce with some fresh, door stop bread. Our friend’s, Megan and Marc who frequent Bellevue, and also happened to be there at the time, said that both the service and the bread were usually much much better. So don’t let this stop you from visiting them. Other than that, it was a very pleasant experience ambience-wise, and the food, the most important part of course, was top notch. Craig ordered the Chicken livers peri-peri with bacon in a light cream sauce with toasted artisan bread and although he enjoyed them, said that he preferred the one’s from Harvey's because he was given the option to have them medium rare (see my review of Harvey’s), but I stole a taster of the livers and the sauce to compare for myself, and I loved it! Creamy, meaty and just a touch of heat & bacon-y goodness. I never order salads at restaurants because the gourmet ones are always too expensive when compared to a main meal OR the ingredients don’t sound complimentary enough, and adding the necessary extras (in my opinion) would mean breaking the bank anyway. But I was willing to pay R95 for a salad when this is what it contained: Roasted quinoa with grilled chorizo, spice dusted chicken, fennel, orange segments, cous cous, caramelised apple and toasted almonds. Now, I've never had quinoa before and I was dying to see what all the fuss was about. So I asked my husband what it was like and he said it was similar to budgie seed. Um..yum? Not quite the picture I had in my mind. But all those people who love it so much couldn't all possibly be wrong right? It was awesome! With everything else in the salad being so soft and juicy, the crunch that the roasted quinoa and the toasted almonds brought to the dish was exactly what it needed. Everything was just SO good: The generous portion of soft gently spiced chicken strips that must have been marinated overnight, the salty and rich chorizo, the sweet and citrusy orange segments, the caramelized and slightly cinnamon spiced apple with a tangy kick from the fennel mayo dressing. A really delicious and perfectly guilt-free dish. It was a huge portion too so I ended up taking half home for Monday's lunch. That's one way to make the first day back at work a little bit brighter! Worth a trip guys – breakfast, lunch or early dinners, but perhaps take along some extra time and a little bit of patience if they happen to be having a slow day. Believe me, the food and atmosphere will make up for it.
    Has the standard of food become so bad in Durban that people classify this as good Cafe food. Coffee excellent, service not bad but the food was bad. We ordered breakfast that included a slice of rye bread with hummus,avo,bacon,poached eggs and dukka. Rye bread was fine. No hummus in site. Avo not ripeat all. Poached eggs looked and felt like bad hard boiled eggs which they attempted twice to make. And the dukka had no nuts of any variety. Come on guys step it up. My five year old makes a better breakfast.

    Bellevue Cafe is literally one of my favourite places, from breakfasts to pastries to delicious food. We just about eat there once a day. The food is absolutely out of this world and the vibe is very relaxed and friendly, I would recommend Bellevue to anybody who enjoys a meal or coffee fit for a king. Cappuccinos that make you smile! Thumbs up Chris Black and Guy Cluver, we love you guys!

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