Tashas Brooklyn is still the go-to place for Pretoria’s hip and trendy. Regulars love the upmarket, coffee shop vibe which caters to the health fanatics, shopping/soccer moms, Sunday brunch-loving families and those who appreciate wine glasses as big as bowls! Tashas branches have two menus – a Classic menu available at all branches and a second menu unique to each particular branch.
Most popular on their Classic menu are their breakfast items, including the traditional Classic and Mini options, various omelettes and scrambled eggs, Creamed avo on toast (creamed almond & avo, fennel, labneh, chives, parsley, spiced pistachio, cucumber and gluten-free sourdough) and my personal favourite, the indulgent Classic French toast (brioche French toast, berries, cinnamon sugar and maple flavoured syrup).
Their salads are also memorable, from a quinoa beetroot salad, to a Middle Eastern-flavoured haloumi salad and a crunchy chicken salad with corn, beans, almonds and yoghurt.
Other healthy options include whole wheat chicken wraps, chicken brown rice salad and lettuce cup burgers.
For their mains, they offer a variety of seafood dishes, steaks, chicken, soup and pasta dishes. Try their Tashas-style prego roll, which my friend declared was the best prego roll she’d ever eaten, and the delicious Savvas chicken pasta, with its grilled chicken strips, mushrooms, garlic and cream.
Tashas is also known for its baked goodies and sweet stuff, so make sure to try the memorable chocolate cake slice served with hazelnuts, ice cream and drenched in chocolate sauce.
However, as much as their food is generally of a very high standard, they could pay more attention to consistency and quality control, with the same dishes often varying each time they’re served and dishes coming out both cold and hot at the same time – a basic of getting timing right.
There’s something for everyone – from a wide range of wines (including Moët & Chandon Impérial at R1050 a bottle) to various spirits, cocktails, beers, ciders, granitas and smoothies.
Apart from providing eye-candy, the well-built male waiters are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable and food generally is served relatively quickly.
Each branch has its own unique look – Brooklyn’s is white, clean, minimalist, but at the same time cosy. There are white ceramic kitchen utensils hanging from the ceilings and canvas drapes in an adjoining section – all part of its “Dutch Huguenot” theme. It’s open-plan, tables are close together and décor is stylishly done, with a buzz no matter what time of day or night. It’s a tried-and-tested favourite where you’ve come to expect fresh, quality food with a difference.
Fresh, quality food.
I loved the butternut soup they had on a menu - definitely something I would go back for.
We just started becoming regulars to this scrumptious food establishment and aren't looking back!
Being partners with different eating habits and finding both our preferences being well accomodated is hard to achieve, and Tasha's made this easy.
The broth of the steak fillet tagliata was out of this world! The vegetarian options/add ons are innumerable and am spoiled for choice.
Also enjoyed their Banoffee dessert and Turkish delight cocktail...so light and refreshing.
The only thing that puzzled us was being served by three different waiters throughout the evening (all still on duty) and not being able to get water by the jug. Something to look into perhaps!