There’s thoughtfulness to the menu because it’s accommodating to customers who might not have big appetites and the items are price sensitive, making Cnr Café & Bistro an accessible and viable place at which to eat out.
Breakfast includes corn fritters, hollandaise and French toast. They also serve sandwiches – bread options include rye, seed or French loaf, sourdough and gluten-free. You’re able to pick and choose what filling you want.
Then there are the signature items that include burgers, beef fillet and fish dishes, with side options like sweet-potato chips, shoelace chips, cauliflower rice with pumpkin seeds and salad. A range of pastas and pizza also feature.
The vegetarian items, though not extensive or exhaustive, are outstanding. Take, for instance, the Buddha bowl – you can enjoy it on a cold Johannesburg morning or a freezing winter’s night. It’s an ensemble of ginger-glazed edamame beans dusted with sesame seeds, oven-dried tomatoes, fresh pear, sunflower shoots, hummus and sweet-potato chips. It has sweet flavour notes, a hint of chilli and it’s so delicious. The taste stays with you long after you’ve had the dish.
On the dessert front, fresh, fluffy, moist and tasty treats – including cheesecake and brownies – await you.
The usual suspects: juices, coffees and teas, as well as smoothies, shakes, freezos, and beers and ciders.
Attentive, helpful, and efficient.
Relaxed, unpretentious hippie-esque vibe. It has a magnetic pull because of its calm and inviting atmosphere.
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I've always enjoyed 'popping into' the Cnr Cafe for lunch or dinner. It's unpretentious, the food is good with always one or two unusual items on the menu. This evening I had beer battered Norwegian salmon - delicious. The service could be sharper. But overall a reliable bistro.
I’ve been coming to Cnr Cafe for years and for the first time ever, the salmon was seriously horrid. It might have been frozen a few times but it was powdery and awful. I don’t mind a mistake every now and again but don’t charge me for awful food.
Monique le Roux
I love this place! My favourite neighbourhood cafe with the most delicious food ❤️ My favourite is the prawn and chorizo freshly made pasta - so good! The beer battered salmon is beautiful - you can't go wrong eith anything on this menu. Great selection of wine, cocktails, and food and the service is great!
The past couple of times I have been to the Corner Cafe, I have been very disappointed. When I went there with my boyfriend for an afternoon snack a couple weekends ago, he ordered a hot dog and when it eventually arrived (it took ages to make) it was very underwhelming. It was practically falling apart and was skimp on the chips. The service on that occasion was unsatisfactory as well. We went back there this past Sunday and I ordered the Hollandaise breakfast and my partner ordered a cheese and tomato toasted sandwich. The food took ages to arrive and our waiter was not attentive at all. The bread of the sandwich was burned badly and the cheese within the sandwich was not melted at all. We had to send it back to be toasted again. My Hollandaise breakfast was terrible. The Hollandaise sauce was watery and had no flavour whatsoever. The eggs weren't cooked properly and it was hard to tell if there was any parma ham in the dish because they had given so little. Won't be going back anytime soon.
This is one of the few restaurants in the area where no matter what you ask, it's possible. The food is great, particularly the sweet potato chips with hummus and their burgers are great. The last visit, we needed to be out within the hour and they made sure it happened!