Big Dog Café

6 Reviews
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Phone Number 0218762731 Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm; Saturday 8am to 4pm; Sunday closed


Menu - Big Dog Café - Winter Menu - Updated in May 2019


R90 avg main meal
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
R90 avg main meal
Coffee, Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa, Zapper
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Child friendly, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, WiFi

Location and contact

191 Main Road, Franschhoek

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Katharine Pope

What started out in 2004 as a small-scale, family-run coffee roastery in the KZN Midlands has grown into a thriving coffee brand. But Terbodore’s cosy Franschhoek café is more than just a place to taste their coffee – the café-style food really is rather wonderful, too.

The menu is unique and refined – a mix of tempting classics and fresh, healthy options. Take, for example the buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles. This usually heavy dish is given a lift thanks to house labneh, kale tabouleh and jewel-like pomegranate arils. The chicken, meanwhile, is beautifully crispy; the waffles light and fluffy.

The burger – basted in an Asian-inspired marinade, and topped with miso butter, aioli, pickled daikon, and crispy kale is another dish that is perfectly executed. The ciabatta ban, and golden, crunchy, twice-fried chips seal the deal.

Breakfast options are also available all day, and include warm chocolate and hazelnut oatmeat; beans on toast with tahini sauce, poached egg and roasted black beans and sourdough; and mushrooms on sourdough with onion and miso puree and a spinach Hollandaise.

For a sweet ending, look out for the treats in their glass-fronted cabinet – many of them vegan – or one of the luscious looking cakes. Think gluten-free carrot cake topped with figs and dried pineapple, or chocolate-and-date sponge with dark chocolate ganache – the Brooklyn Blackout cake.

As you might expect, the coffee here is well-made and full of flavor. Try one of the single origin options or a tasting board if you’re a fundi. Else the red velvet latte – with beetroot, cocoa and ginger – is wonderfully warming and somehow manages to feel healthy while tasting like a gingerbread loaf. The café does not have a liquor license and corkage is not permitted.

Relaxed and friendly.

White walls, a vaulted ceiling and plenty of wood make this a light, bright space for lunch or breakfast. There’s a lovely big garden out back with a stream – perfect for summertime meals. The café is dog-friendly – provided Fido is on a leash – and also has the use of the neighbouring restaurant’s kiddies’ play area.

Best for...
Brunch with the kids – or with friends who have high standards for breakfast.



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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Exceptional Food and superb coffee. The Mushrooms on toast are sublime.
    Amazing food, excellent service and the BEST coffee!! Must have meal -Mushrooms on toast
    Lovely place to eat breakfast with the coffee aroma in the air! The dishes have unique flavour combinations and are presented beautifully.
    The famous Big dog Cafe', nice hidden gem with awesome food and the best coffee! The Great Dane blend all time favourite.
    Awesome laid-back cafe environment at Big Dog. Incredible food and coffee on offer. A definite must for anyone visiting Franschhoek.

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