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The menu offers a selection of homely dishes for both breakfast and lunch, with the welcomed addition of a lunchtime specials menu that plays host to some slightly more eclectic dishes.
For breakfast it’s comfort and affordability all the way, with ‘Tummy Warmer’ bowls of oatmeal featuring a number of toppings; omelettes served with freshly baked buttermilk bread; simple scrambled eggs, beans and bangers; their famed Meppel pancakes (Dutch baked pancakes) with a range of sweet and savoury toppings; and the not-to-be-missed Eggs Mirza: eggs baked in a spicy aubergine-and-turmeric tomato sauce – their own take on shakshuka.
Lunch sees a wonderfully diverse selection of snacks, light meals and hearty plates. The snack selection has everything from hummus and crudités to potato spring rolls and beef croquettes. For a light lunch you can opt for avo on toast, creamy chicken livers on a roll or a spicy chickpea-and-spinach stew with couscous. And for something a little more substantial, choose between their selection of generous salads, chunky sandwiches and specials. The specials see the chef going in a more pan-Asian direction with dishes like prawn laksa, chicken and tofu chow mein and Kashmiri curry. Every dish is made with love, presented beautifully in quirky and kitsch crockery and tastes of home: it’s simple, flavourful food that’s often slightly spiced with warming tones of turmeric and cumin.
With South African favourites like bran rusks, home-baked biscuits and cakes on offer, the sweet selection lends itself more to mid-morning or afternoon tea than dessert.
They’ve recently acquired their liquor licence and have curated a wonderfully affordable wine list with mark-ups that will make you breathe a sigh of relief rather than grimace. You’ll also find their Brixton bitter on tap and an unpretentious list of classic cocktails perfect for brunching. Also on offer are fresh juices, excellent coffee, organic Karoo lemon juice and a wide assortment of teas.
The staff are charming, sincere and well-informed. It’s one of the most welcoming restaurants in Johannesburg. Dining here is a breeze.
It’s gorgeous. The interior and courtyard were designed by artist Justin Brett to reflect the colours and textures of Brixton Ridge: muted pastel walls and sleek wooden furnishings, retro details at every turn – it’s a sleek and stylish ode to the 70s. The sunlit courtyard is dotted with succulents spilling from pots, beautiful mosaic walls and simple furnishings. It’s the perfect place to while away the day or catch the morning sunshine.
Weekend breakfasts, afternoon drinks, sitting and reading a book, work lunches.
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