Cafeen is a place to chill out and blend into a relaxed atmosphere. Savour fantastic views of the mountain while enjoying our legendary coffee. Whether it be breakfast or lunch, the meals are prepared fresh every day. Cafeen offers a range of freshly baked confectioneries. For those who need to get some work done or simply touch base with friends online feel free to bring along your laptop and access the free broadband Wi-Fi inside or on the porch.
Went for breakfast at Cafeen this morning. We were greeted by a friendly staff member, but once seated, the service was very average.
The food was decent. However, on weekends apparently poached eggs aren't on offer, and you can only choose from scrambled or fried, which is rather disappointing.
I just read your review on Breakfasts in Cape Town and Cafeen is listed, well it shouldn't be, I had Eggs Benedict at that establishment and it was the worst breakfast I ever had, a half slice of ham and a microwaved egg was what I got, it was really really awful. Besides that I was five minutes late and my reservation was cancelled, it was a very stormy day and traffic was horrendous and therefore I couldn't make it in time. I will never be back. If you want great Eggs Benedict go up the road to Starlings, never disappoints.
Lovely place to catch up with a friend or enjoy a Friday office lunch!
Andrew van der Merwe
I read Jo Soap's review of April 13, 2014 and wondered if she knew what a cockroach was, if perhaps it was defined by being a six-legged appearance at a restaurant because, really, cockroaches tend to be medium to large, shy creatures that come out at night. I figured, God had one night said "Go forth and multiply" to a certain, small, outdoor table bug and Jo and Co had disturbed it, perhaps with controversial talk about pesticides, so I wasn't completely put off by her review and decided to phone first. I mentioned the roach review, hoping to get some detail but the response I got was, well, unresponsive, so I had to quizz the waiter about the incident. He explained that it was a particular outside table and they had sprayed it and the problem had gone away. I made a mental note to avoid the outside tables, one of which might still be toxic and didn't bother asking about what species of bug it was or why Jo and Co had received such an unapologetic response.
I arrived before my wife and was immediately taken by the wonderful, retro ambience. I could have spent ages there. The space is full of old signage, and fascinating artefacts. I took a pic of one old ad which read, "Clear up your complexion with HOBO Kidney & Bladder Remedy found useful in treating kidney and bladder troubles. $1.20. Eliminate the poisons from the system." It seemed strangely not unlike some ads you'd find in modern health mags. I thought I could easily hang out there without getting bored of the place, though I think I might eventually feel frustrated by the Do-not-touch-if-you-break-it-you-pay-for-it signs.
It was clean. I saw no bugs. A pair of cats hung around.
A benefit of the busy decor was that one could hear one's company over the the rest. In my experience, the minimalist places tend to have too much echo.
The service lacked the edge. One wasn't made to feel especially special, or welcome but neither was the service intrusive, which is good. It was efficient.
The food was on the exceptional side and well presented. The selection was impressively extensive and interesting for a small restaurant. Caféen is onto the Tim Noaks trend. If you're banting then you'll have some choice here.
Also, if you want to reward your kids for some achievement, or if you're just a total walkover, then it seems this is the place to bring them for milkshakes. I mean, look at that list: aside from the usual usuals, you've got Roasted Hazelnut, Gingerbread, Creme Bruleé, Bar One and Ferrero Roche to choose from! I don't know if the ordinary ones are the usual artificially flavoured stuff or not (using a real banana for a banana milkshake is strangely rare) but this selection looks very tempting. I had a coffee when I arrived and finished off with an iced coffee and both were exceptional. The muffins also looked amazing. They're huge and baked in enamel tin cups which they are also served in.
To be honest, going by my own experience, I have no hesitation in recommending Caféen.
What seemed to be fairy tale turned out to be a nightmare......
The ambience was good
The service average
The food great
But........as we sat to tuck in to our meals we noticed small cockroaches coming out of the wooden table we were sitting at. At first one or two then as we sat in awe they began the assault on our plates growing in number and larger. It was so bad that people at the table next to us we're horrified and left. We took one of the plates in to show the kitchen with a cockroach enjoying our snack. While standing showing the plate we noticed the waiter swatting off more cockroaches off doggy boxes that were packed. The manager did not even come and apologize and we will never go back. Jo