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Swan Café

6 Reviews
Coffee, French, Light meals
Phone Number 0794544758 Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm; Saturday 8am to 2pm; Sunday closed

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Menu

Menu - Swan Cafe Menu - Updated June 2019

Details

Cost
R85 avg main meal
Food
Coffee, French, Light meals
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Kids, Quick meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Thando Ndabezitha

Food

The beautiful interior and décor of this crêperie, coupled with the fact that it has arguably the best crêpes in town, makes it a must-visit for anyone with a fondness for the thin pancakes in their various sweet and savoury forms. It’s quite simple to know what kind of crêpe you might like from the get-go, since most of us have either a sweet tooth or a taste for the savoury. The menu is divided according to this logic.

Sweet crêpes come in classic iterations such as cinnamon sugar and a lemon wedge, Nutella, home-made salted caramel, and home-made lemon curd and fresh thyme. More adventurous are the Swan specialities, giving the crêpe a bit more volume along with intriguing flavour combinations. Try the Belle Helene, which comes with cinnamon and white wine-poached pear, vanilla pod artisanal ice cream, milk chocolate drizzle and toasted flaked almonds. For chocolate lovers, a scrumptious option among the speciality sweet crêpes is the Luscious Luc. It comes with Ferrero Rocher, home-made salted caramel and Nutella.

While the sweet crêpes are made with a batter of fresh milk, free-range eggs, flour and vanilla paste, the savoury ones are made with gluten-free buckwheat flour. These are essentially galettes de sarrasin (or crêpes de sarrasin), as light as crêpes but more filling. If it’s that time of day, you might want to have a Parisienne for breakfast – a savoury galette filled with gypsy ham, a duo of cheeses – emmenthal and Gruberg – and free-range egg that’s slightly underdone, adding a yolky creaminess to the dish.

At lunchtime, a chicken or trout savoury galette may be more appealing. The former is served with moreish marinated lemon and herb chicken, mushrooms, cheese, béchamel, truffle oil and microherbs. Vegetarians are also catered for, particularly with the savoury specials, which include a number of mouthwatering meatless savoury galettes.

Drinks

You’ll catch hints of South African favours in the locally made teas and coffees, with rooibos extracts featuring frequently in the tea blends and the coffee being hand-sourced from a False Bay coast micro artisanal roaster. Swan’s exclusive range of tea leaves – blended for them in collaboration with Nigiro Tea Merchants – are served on a tray with a chic teapot and timer. This makes tea-drinking the slow and relaxed experience it should be, whether you’re sipping Christmas in July or Paris Je T’aime. There are also some unusual and intriguing drinks on offer, like the turmeric or beetroot flat white, which have the added benefit of being super-nutritious.

Service

Guests are greeted with a warm and hearty ‘bonjour’ and made to feel welcome by attentive staff.

Ambience

The open-plan kitchen, visible from outside as you approach the glass façade, sets the tone: Transparent and calm bonhomie that’s effortlessly chic. The beautiful blue-and-white décor, Breton-esque uniform worn by waitrons complete with red berets, and the swan-inspired murals all make for a superlative crêperie experience that’s fun, relaxed and accompanied by beautiful French music softly playing in the background.

Best for…

Indulgence. To sweeten the honeypot, add fresh whipped cream or artisanal vanilla ice cream to your crêpes at a modest extra cost.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    I love Swan cafe, I eat there all the time. It's a perfect size meal and the place is always buzzing with energy. (Also it's gorgeous - obviously) I advise people plan in advance to queue for 10mins on a Saturday morning because it's always full. Their turn around time is fast and their service is delightful! It's a wonderful treat.
    I have a theory...In south Africa, the people make cuisine better than where you would find it at source. And this morning once again, it was proved right. Better Crepes than we had in Paris ❤ Thanks so much for the delicious, spectacular tasting crepes with great service. The wait for the table was well worth it ? ➡️ Pears Poached in Wine served with Dark Chocolate and Walnuts ➡️ Orange, Thyme and Zest with Flaked Almonds Both Buckwheat Crepes.
    Lovely little place with a fab atmosphere and great service! Was a bit skeptical of a savoury pancake (with memories of 1980s mushroom sauce-filled atrocities) but am a happy convert - the buckwheat crepe is a great vehicle for sweet and savoury. We had the Sud-Af (aka, full english in a pancake) and the Biquette (caramelised apple, goats cheese and thyme) which were both delicious and surprisingly filling. Next time I’ll try the Simple Trout as it looked phenomenal. Oh, and the coffee is great and the hot chocolate deliciously rich.
    What a great addition to the Cape Town CBD. I don’t usually opt for sweet or desserts but when I saw the chocolate, red wine pear and candied walnuts crepe on the menu...I could not resist. And wow! It did not disappoint. I highly recommend a visit. There is a variety of savoury and sweet on the menu plus an extensive list of teas and coffee. I will definitely return.
    A buzzing, quaint little cafe, with wonderful swan-themed decor. Lovely for an informal, tasty bite to eat. It's just a pity that the service, both in the kitchen and on the floor is very slow.

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