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Starlings Café

6 Reviews
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee
Phone Number 0216716875 Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm; Saturday 8am to 4pm; Sundays Closed

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Menu

Menu - Starlings Cafe Breakfast - Updated April 2018 Starlings Cafe Lunch Menu - Updated April 2018

Details

Cost
R88 avg main meal
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R88 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Child friendly, Fireplace, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, WiFi

Location and contact

94 Belvedere Rd, Claremont, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Greg Landman

Food
This is home comfort food at its best with delicious aromas coming from the kitchen to greet you as you enter. The intensely rich salmon tart with a red onion base and rich cream cheese centre is a knockout. The crunchy super fresh salad with its tangy dressing just takes the edge off all that richness very nicely. The aubergine bake is another favourite, bringing back memories of Imam Bayildi in Turkey, redolent with garlic and tomatoes. Put a little spicy edge on things with tasty yellow Asian chicken curry served with cauliflower rice so you won’t feel too guilty. Finish up with the best cheese cake in this neck of the woods—baked and irresistible. They are not licensed so take your own—no corkage obviously.
Service
Smiling and attentive from a friendly crew.

Ambience
This delightful old house hides behind a hedge on the main road but once you go in a whole new world awaits. The locals love lingering in the cosy interior with various table combinations encouraging a little tete a tete with someone or long tables to make new friends. The garden is an oasis in the summer with plenty of shade to make it even more like a secret hideaway.
AND The piéce de résistance is their superb whole-wheat bread—have a slice with a knob of butter melting into its heavenly centre.

Best for...
Cosy meals with close friends.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Always enjoy their breakfasts! The service is great and it's a gorgeous little place.
    Starlings Locale, is like home ! Nothing better than once a week to pop in to their cavendish cafe Locale and have a quick brekkie and a cup a coffee. Their staff are fabulous and the food is even better ! Go treat yourself to the suburban cafe ! Feels like a coffee shop in London ! And try their millionaires shortbread it is too die for !
    Love love love. We ended up here after asking google for breakfast spots close to us. Starlings was in walking distance, and I had seen some good reviews. We took a walk and walked right past this restaurant twice, before realizing it was in a house. It is a very quirky little spot with mismatched furniture and colourful coffee cups. We sat in the garden which was really lovely. I said I wanted poached eggs with salmon, and while I was in the loo my friend told my boyfriend that's what florentine meant. I got back and they had ordered for me, when the food arrived my "salmon" was kind of green and spinachy. We all had a good laugh. I stole a piece of bacon from a friends plate, but wasn't at all sad about the lack of salmon with my eggs, the florentine was delicious! They also have a beautiful display case of cakes, which I didn't taste but they totally look lie they're worth another visit.
    Love love love this place! Such unexpectedly beautiful surroundings just off a suburban road. Food is delicious and generous (and they can poach an egg perfectly to order!) and the service, which they say on their menu can be slow, we found to be efficient and friendly. Ask to sit outside if the weather's good.
    This is a phenomenal little gem.

    The service we experienced was exceptional - we were having a team lunch on a busy Friday, but they accommodated us so well. It was the small touches, like letting us phone our order ahead, keeping a table in a prime spot of the garden, and having our food ready within minutes of us being seated.

    And the food! 8/8 for all our meals. It's rare that you eat out in a group and everyone feels 100% satisfied with their choice after receiving their meals. Every single thing was delicious - no food envy at all!

    These guys also go the extra mile: We needed our receipt, but only realised the next week, and they went to great lengths to obtain a copy from their systems, despite it needing to be dug up in the IT files. Thank you!!

    We will all definitely be recommending this spot. What a treat.

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