6 Reviews
Bistro fare, Modern, South African
Phone Number 0214182042 Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm; Saturday 9am to 3pm; Sundays closed

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Menu -  Hemelhuijs - Menu - Updated April 2018


R140 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Modern, South African
R140 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Graham Howe


Acclaimed chef Jacques Erasmus has made this downtown café a gastronomic destination for fine seasonal fare. Every dish is plated with great attention to detail, from composition to colour and crockery. A signature Karoo breakfast in the comfort zone tempts with golden farm eggs, soft mielie pap with honey, and toasted mosbolletjie bread with home-made apricot jam – and lashings of nostalgia on the side.

Drawing on his Karoo childhood, the chef reinvents traditional dishes with a gourmet spin, like bobotie frikadelle with buttery mash potato, tomato and onion smoor. A focus on the seasonal tastes and textures of sea, land, pasture and garden on the lunch menu offer small plates of flavour. Don’t miss the raw sliced scallops with citrus, miso and sesame – or roasted Karoo lamb croquette with mint béarnaise.

Original sauces, salsas and vinaigrettes in tantalising flavour combinations are inspired by seasonal fruits, nuts and vegetables, from artichokes and marrows to berries, pears and almonds. Vegetarians will love the innovative salads that burst with flavour – say, the date, fennel and endive salad enhanced by gorgonzola, hazelnut and buttermilk dressing.

For sweet treats, finish your meal with divine dark chocolate and orange ganache or a yummy double-cream yoghurt panna cotta lifted by piquant slow-roasted orange and toasty ginger granola.


Enjoy a small selection of boutique wines, artisan cocktails, handcrafted juices, plant extract infusions and home-brewed teas.


Attentive, discreet and polished from start to finish.


A feast for the eyes to match the bespoke gold-leaf crockery. The creative owner-chef shows his flair for original interior design in the exquisite floral décor and soothing saffron tones.

Best for…

A bespoke all-day breakfast or smart business lunch.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The waiter was very irritable. Took more than 40 minutes to bring us two juices and that only after we complained. The food was still not available for another 10 minutes. The restaurant was not busy at all. Other patrons arriving after us received their food before we got our food. The food was ok... not worth the terrible service or price. This establishment is over rated, you could get better at Wimpy
    The look of the restaurant, the service and the food was perfect. What a cozy atmosphere and lovely decor. Loved that we could still have breakfast at 13:00
    Breakfast and a little bit of a shop goes hand in hand here.
    If you're not a morning person like myself this is the perfect all day breakfast spot to start off a beautiful day in the Centre of Capetown city. This modern botanist themed cafè makes the most refreshing fresh fruit juices and offers an interesting choice of flavorsome, healthy meals. I thoroughly enjoyed the potato rossti breakfast with salmon and avo, my two absolute favs!

    What an incredible spot! I breakfasted on glorious toasted brioche spread with whipped feta cheese, thin slivers of pear and piled high with Prosciutto and rocket. It was an inspired breakfast - in fact, all of their breakfasts look inspired. I'll be back for the artichokes, poached eggs and Hollandaise, too. The interior is beautiful and moody - all glass and steel and dark green - and a vast vase of magnolia leaves. Even the cups - charcoal mugs that love to be held - are lovely. There are also some outside tables on the fanwalk - wonderful on sunny mornings. I wish they were open on Saturdays! Service was friendly and pretty swift.

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