Truth Coffee Roasting HQ (Buitenkant)

6 Reviews
Bakery fare, Café fare, Deli fare, Modern
Phone Number 0212000440 Opening Hours

Monday is 6am to 6pm; Tuesday to Saturday 6am to 12am; Sunday 6am to 4pm


Menu - TRUTH MENU - Updated March 2019


R90 avg main meal
Bakery fare, Café fare, Deli fare, Modern
R90 avg main meal
Coffee, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Child friendly, Food, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, WiFi

Location and contact

36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Amy Ebedes

It may come as a surprise to some, but there’s more to Truth than their coffee. A fairly extensive menu has you covered from early snacking to hearty lunches.

Before 11.30am, their breakfast menu covers the heartiest of fare that promises to leave no hangover unturned. Tackle their signature Steampunk Benedict (to which you can add a glass of MCC), truffle-infused scrambled eggs or croissant French toast (soaked in an eggnog mixture and served with banana, rum and vanilla compote).

An all-day breakfast menu touches on more traditional dishes (with Truth’s steampunk twist, of course). Choose between the likes of shakshuka, avo on toast, croque monsieur or a Caprese sandwich.

For lunch, the classic Holy Mayo is not your average chicken mayonnaise sarmie. There’s the perfect ratio of homemade mayonnaise to chicken, and the generous filling oozes out of the sandwich. It’s more of a knife-and-fork kind of toastie. It’s perfectly seasoned, with just the right sprinkling of pepper, complemented by a generous handful of rocket and fresh tomato.

The wild mushroom gnocchi is superb: soft clouds of potato parcels served with a truffle-infused cream and grated Grana Padano. It’s rich, decadent and delicious, and you’ll be scraping the remnants of the sauce out of the bowl.

Other hearty options include steak tartare, two salads, three burger options and Norweigen salmon.

It goes without saying that coffee is the focus of this eatery – and expect anything but your average Americano. Start by choosing your beans: Resurrection, Deep, Dark & Twisted, Single Origin, or Antithesis (undoubtedly one of the best decaf beans available in SA). Next, narrow down your beverage type to hot or cold espresso-based drinks. Hot options include the likes of Americano, flat white and cortado, as well as the Battlebrew Coffee (Americano blended with butter and MCT oil). The more eccentric cold espresso-based beverages range from Sunrise espresso (a shot of espresso with orange juice and milk) to Albumen Airship (a shot of espresso with egg white and condensed milk). For the less adventurous, there is a milky iced coffee or a cold brew option available.

Other beverages include Nomu hot chocolate), babychinos, a range of teas, and a small wine, craft beer and hard tack list.

Service is a little slow, despite the surprising number of waiters on the floor. But staff are friendly enough and particularly knowledgeable about the essence of Truth: the coffee.

It’s no surprise that Truth has made it onto a number of reputable, international “Best coffee shop” lists. Steampunk is the theme here, and it touches every element of the space. The restaurant is built around Colossus, a working, vintage Probat coffee roaster. Quirky metal machinery is found at every turn, and staff are dressed to the nines in Victorian-style ensembles, complete with top hats, tails and covetable leather accessories.

Want to continue the caffeine buzz at home? Truth offers courses through their barista school. Choose between a two-hour coffee appreciation course, a four-hour barista introduction course or a five-day professional course.

Due to its location, parking can be tricky during the work week, so prepare to circle the block a few times.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    What an interesting setting for a coffee. I was truly 'wowed' by the interior of this unique coffee shop. How creative and clever! Unfortunately I did not try a famous Truth coffee but I did try a deliciously rich Nomu hot chocolate. (p.s whoever created the face of a monkey on the top of my velvety milk foam- you're amazing) I found it rather difficult to choose from the Salmon and the pork Benedict but I think I made a great choice going with the delicious pork belly Benedict with the softest poached eggs and the most incredible smokey flavors. Also, you're in for a theatrical treat when it is served to you at the table. (I won't ruin any surprises)
    I had the french toast with bacon and banana which I thoroughly enjoyed. Menu reasonably priced with a good variety, funky atmosphere. The service was not fantastic, we had to call our waiter every time we needed something but the overall experience was good and I'll definitely come back.
    Just sensational. Love this place!
    Very authentic atmosphere! Coffee is AMAZING. Food is good. Service is excellent. You can't miss this place when in Cape Town. Lives up to it's reputation.
    Absolutely fantastic vibe, loved the unique steam-punk setting- very Mad Max! Food was a bit slow to arrive but the ambience of the restaurant and photo opportunities kept the family entertained while waiting so no complaints. Had the veggie baguette with beetroot hummus, absolutely delicious!

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