Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe, Kloof Street, Cape Town

Breakfast delights up Kloof Street – Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe

I have been making my way up and down Kloof Street as there are so many lovely little restaurants as you head up towards the mountain from the city centre. Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe also seems to have been around for quite a while .. so along with two girlfriends, I popped in for a bite to eat.

It has a lovely front outside stoep area, set back far enough from the road so as not to be disturbed by the traffic and passers-by. Inside are separate rooms (obviously once a residential property), which helps to break the hustle and bustle of the cafe.

The decor keeps your eye wandering and gazing at the different techniques and textures used. I think they have recently updated the decor to a more Christmassy theme … but definitely not over the top!

The breakfast menu is relatively small with the following on offer:

  • Espresso french toast with fresh bananas, greek yoghurt and maple syrup @ R44
  • Croissant with scrambled egg @ R35 with a choice of: Mushrooms @ R38, Bacon @ R42 or Smoked Salmon @ R48
  • Buttermilk pancakes with fresh mixed berries, creamy yoghurt and maple syprup @ R47
  • Nutty granola with yoghurt and fresh seasonal fruit @ R42

Be sure to ask for specials of the day as we missed out on ordering the traditional breakfast which also looked really good.

Buttermilk pancakes

I tucked into the french toast which was a lovely portion of delicious sweet indulgence. One friend ordered the buttermilk pancakes which were also delightful. I couldn’t understand why a salad was served with the croissant with scrambled eggs.

Cappuccinos were served a little bit hot for my liking and they unfortunately don’t offer soya or non-dairy options at this stage. In fact, the owner looked quite taken aback when I asked about a non-dairy option.

The food was good, but for breakfast, the menu is a bit small. They have lovely cakes on offer and the lunch and dinner options look delicious (they are licensed) and I think I will try Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe again, but for a meal later in the day.

Contact details:
Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe
90 Kloof Street
Tamboerskloof / Gardens
Cape Town
Tel: 021 424 2740

Opening times:
Mon – Wed: 08h00 to 16h00
Thur – Fri: 08h00 to 22h00
Sat: 08h00 to 18h00
Sun: 08h00 to 15h00

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Lazari, Cape Quarter, Cape Town

Breakfast at De Waterkant: Lazari, Cape Quarter

A cold, wet Sunday morning and I was totally up for a great breakfast! We had to keep in mind friends who had a large pram with them, so I scouted out 2 options in De Waterkant area and Lazari in The Cape Quarter had lots of floor space (without feeling like an island).

Cappuccinos, Cafe Latte and a Chai Tea Latte were ordered and without even asking, the waiter brought a large carafe of water with fresh mint and 4 glasses. Already I was impressed with the service and attention to detail!

The floor space of the restaurant is quite large and spacious with just enough tables and chairs to feel comfortable with the openness as well as not overcrowded. We found a corner table in a nook of the restaurant with a booth and did not even notice the rest of the restaurant around us. As part of the feature of the restaurant is the very open kitchen area. I love seeing things being prepared.

I was hesitant to order the eggs benedict as a previous experience at Lazari’s in Gardens was not that great. But, another member of the table ordered it with salmon @R52 and I was very impressed. It looked (and apparently tasted) delicious with a lovely ciabatta bread underneath, layers of salmon topped with poached eggs and just enough hollandaise sauce.

Others opted for fresh croissants with scrambled eggs @R35 and with bacon @R46 and the portion sizes were very generous. The scrambled eggs had been “looked after well” during their cooking process and were light and fluffy.

I chose a 3 egg omelette and from the list of goodies to fill it with, selected mozarella cheese (extra R12) and rocket (extra R10), and served with choice of rye, ciabatta or health bread. It was lovely! and kept me full til late in the afternoon!

Other breakfast items:

  • Health Breakfast with fresh fruit, low-fat bulgarian yoghurt, honey, muesli & nuts @ R48
  • Early Breakfast with eggs to your liking, bacon, tomato & crostini @ R39
  • Croissant French Toast with either berry compote & mascarpone OR bacon & maple syprup @ R45
  • Bircher’s Muesli @ R42
  • Croissants starting at R32 (cheese & preserves) through to R46 (ham, rocket, cheese & tomato)
  • 3-Egg Omelette (which can be ordered white) @ R28 which you then select from a variety of ingredients to fill as you wish
  • Eggs Benedict with salmon trout @R56, or ham/bacon @ R50 or spinach @ R40

Wonderful service, great food, comfortable chairs and fabulous company made for an awesome morning even with the Cape Town rain beating itself against the windows outside.

Contact details:
Lazari Cape Quarter
Cnr Napier & Jarvis Street
Cape Quarter
De Waterkant, Green Point
Cape Town
Tel: 021 419 9555

Opening times:
Mon – Tue: 07h30 to 17h00
Wed – Sun: 08h00 to 22h00

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Manna Epicure, Kloof Street, Cape Town

Manna Epicure: Breakfast in the City Suburbs

I have often driven passed Manna on a weekend morning and marveled at how packed the restaurant was. From the outside world, even with the buzz of people, Manna Epicure has a wonderful light, calming, sophisticated air to it and I aspired to one day going there. I finally decided on a quiet Sunday morning (when everyone else was watching the rugby) to indulge in their delights while accompanied by my Kindle.

I walked up Kloof Street and sat at one of the long benches facing the street, taking in the glorious end of winter blue skies. Ordered my cappuccino and a grabbed a glass of water from one of the jugs available (either orange or strawberry fresh fruit infused) and took in the menu.

A wonderfully generous fine bone china cup arrived housing a gorgeous creamy, frothy cappuccino. This made for such a nice change from the usual heavy, thick rimmed cups normally served.

It was a tough decision on the menu, and I finally opted for a wonderful dish of poached eggs (perfectly done), smoked salmon (and what a generous portion!), avocado and toasted coconut bread @ R85. The coconut bread was described to me as similar to banana bread – and it was, but it had this fabulous freshness of coconut permeating it. The bread is available to take home at R10 per slice or R150 per loaf.

am & brunch menu:

  • toasted croissants / fresh manna bread with butter and fruit preserve @ R35
  • toasted muesli & nuts served with seasonal fruits, natural yoghurt / soya milk @ R60

free range eggs menu:

  • scrambled / poached on manna rye toast @ R45
  • croissant & scrambled eggs @ R45
  • manna eggs benedict on toasted croissant, parmesan, chive hollandaise & bacon @ R65
  • french toast crouissant, cripsy streaky bacon & brie @ R65
  • boiled eggs & soldiers @ R45
  • croissant, scrambled eggs, cripsy bacon, mature cheddar @ R65

Extras are available should one wish to spice up a breakfast plate further.

The food was fabulous, the staff were very friendly and I am certainly going to be back to try some of their other dishes. I might not benefit from another calm, city cafe vibe at Manna again, but I am sure even a busy restaurant will make for another wonderful experience.

Contact details:
Manna Epicure
151 Kloof Street
Cape Town
Tel: 021 426 2413

Opening times:
Tue – Sat: 09h00 to 18h00
Sun: 09h00 t0 15h00

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Starlings Restaurant, Belvedere Road, Claremont

Breakfast and delicious coffee at Starlings in the Southern Suburbs

Saturday morning and a definitely booked table for 3 at Starlings in Belvedere Road. Heard some really great things about the place and finally made it through to try it out.

We were grateful that we did book as the place was bustling. Space was limited due to the bad weather and the beautiful outside area unable to be used for guests.

The restaurant is fantastically decorated in a restored Victorian cottage and the glass windows leading to the garden allows the outside to come in and the inside to go out. Looks like a great venue to visit with children in the summertime or on a good weather day.

An order for their fabulous cappuccinos was put in – Origin Coffee! They even stock soya milk, so one could opt for a non-dairy cappuccino, which I tried out and it was great.

The Saturday menu selection is small (to cope with the number of patrons) and offers standard breakfast fair.

Starlings Breakfast Menu:

  • Honey toasted muesli with yoghurt and seasonal fruits @ R45
  • Birchers Muesli @ R45
  • Scrambled eggs on toast @ R25
  • Morning scramble with bacon, tomato, mushrooms and toast @ R50
  • Scrambled eggs and salmon trout @ R65
  • Brioche French Toast served either with bacon or berries @ R40. Half portion @ R34
  • Avo, tomato toast @ R34 (add pesto R8)
  • Croissants @ R12 with a variety of choice fillings from jam / honey / marmalade @ R5 through to bacon & brie @ R40, salmon trout @ R33, scrambled eggs & bacon @ R33

What we chose for breakfast:
Their seemed to be an extra on the menu of oats served with honey, pumpkin seeds and bananas which my friend enjoyed thoroughly. It looked delicious and warming on such a cold, autumn day.

The scrambled egg and bacon on croissant looked like a wonderful breakfast plate with perfectly cooked scrambled eggs. However, I was a bit disappointed in the Brioche French Toast and would not necessarily order it again.

All in all a wonderful morning at Starlings Coffee Shopvwith fantastic service, great coffee and conversation with friends. Can’t wait for a gorgeous, sunny day to visit and sit in the garden and enjoy all over again.

Contact details:
Starlings Coffee Shop
94 Belvedere Road
Cape Town
Tel: 021 671 6875

Opening times:
Mon – Sat: 7h30 to 17h00
Closed on a Sunday

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Azure Restaurant, 12 Apostles Hotel, Camps Bay

Buffet Breakfast at Azure Restaurant, Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has been one of my favourite Cape Town venues for quite a few years. I have been looking for a fabulous excuse on a special occassion to go there once again, but this time for their amazing buffet breakfast.

Breakfast is served at the Azure Restaurant til 10:30am every morning and at R155 per person the selection of delights is truly worth it. The service is always excellent and the quality of the fabulous array of dishes make use of fresh ingredients, with warm breakfast dishes made to order.

We started our buffet feast with a glass of sparkling wine and oysters. Not something I would have ever considered for breakfast, but one which was just a decadent beginning to a scrumptious meal.

With an order of tea in the brewing, we selected a variety of fresh fruits from the fruit buffet and followed it a few minutes later with my favourite part of a breakfast buffet – the cold meats and cheeses with fresh, “home-baked” breads. I waited a while and had to go back for seconds of the smoked salmon-trout and delicious seed loaf with cream cheese!

The Twelve Apostles Hotel warm breakfast menu consists of:

  • 12A Breakfast – traditional selection of eggs of choice, bacon, pork sausage, been sausage, saute mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and sauteed potatoes
  • Azure Waffle – fresh home-made waffle topped with glazed apple and banana, served with warm maple syrup, vanilla creme fraiche and fresh mint
  • Eggs Benedict – poached eggs on toasted English muffin with crispy smoked bacon and topped with hollandaise sauce
  • Breakfast Omelette – filled with your choice from variety of fantastic ingredients
  • Hot Porridge of the Day – served with butter, golden syrup and fresh cream

My Mom and I decided to share the eggs benedict seeing as it came with 2 eggs on 1/2 an English muffin each. It was just perfect as it was quite rich and delicious.

We left almost 2 hours after our arrival feeling delightfully full and happy to take a nice long, scenic drive back to the city bowl.

Contact details:
Azure Restaurant
12 Apostles Hotel and Spa
Victoria Road
Camps Bay
Cape Town
Tel: 021 437 9000

Opening times:
Mon – Sun: 8h30 to late

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Cosecha Restaurant, Noble Hill Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Breakfast before wine tasting in Stellenbosch – Noble Hill Cosecha Restaurant

A day out in the winelands is best started with a fabulous breakfast! Taking a turn just off the N1 side of the R44, Noble Hill Wine Estate is like a hidden gem where Cape Town meets California and Mexico on a plate at Cosecha Restaurant.

A misty day hid the extent of the beauty of the farm, but what we could see mixed with imagination, great decor, awesome service and a fabulous menu (albeit small) was just enough to make me want to come back and bring all the visitors that ever come to see me and Cape Town.

Menu options:
I was torn between the “pan torrejas” which delighted me with the idea of something sweet on such a cold day (custard toast, maple syrup infused berries with streaky bacon @ R62) and the “breakfast burrito”. I was warned (once wrapped in a wonderful blanket and surrounded with gas heaters) that if I was hungry that the pan torrejas would take a while to make and that the burrito was just as good, but more on the savoury side.

I opted for the all encompassing breakfast burrito @ R55 and it was so delicious. A wonderfully warm burrito filled with just the right amount of perfectly cooked scrambled eggs, chopped smoky bacon and an onion and potato rosti-type mix and finished off with a sharp chedder. I chose the mild route as I am not a huge fan of over spicy food, especially in the morning. Accompanied with this wonderful dish was sour cream, spicy tomato salsa and guacamole, which just finished each mouthful off perfectly.

My friend opted for the “huevos rancheros” @ R65. It looked a superb dish consisting of a tostada (crispy toasted / fried tortilla likened to a huge nacho chip) topped with borracho (re-fried) beans, blended tomato salsa, sharp cheddar and fried eggs. My friend opted for scrambled eggs when asked (even though the menu specified fried) and the cheddar was blended in with a perfect balance of salt and pepper. The streaky bacon was swapped out for a portion of guacamole, which came as an extra portion as the dish is also served with sour cream, spicy tomato salsa and guacamole.

Wine tasting:
Noble Hill Cocheca Restaurant was a perfect way to start our wine tasting day, and although it was not yet 12pm, we ventured into the wine tasting room and kick started our wine tasting day with their Sauvignon Blanc and lightly wooded chardonnay. Unfortunately their viognier was already sold – it was that good! They have a wonderful selection of olive oils up for grabs as well.

Perfect place for kids as there is a large grassy area for them to run around and play. Cappuccinos are fantastic and served at the right temperature with mega froth. Service was also fantastic, very attentive and friendly, although it was not busy so difficult to judge when they are swamped.

Contact details:
Cosecha Restaurant
Noble Hill Wine Estate
Stellenbosch / Paarl
Klapmuts – Simondium Road
Cape Town
Tel: 021 874 3844
Web: /

Opening times:
Wed – Mon: 10h00 to 17h00
Closed on a Tuesday

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Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia

Breakfast below the Oaks of Groot Constantia

On a hot Monday morning, there really was no other way to start the day and the week ahead than a gorgeous breakfast at one of the oldest wine farms in Cape Town. Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia is a fantastic outside venue on warm sunny days.

We were a large group of 10 people and had a wonderful table outside, shaded by the old oak trees which stand proud as part of an avenue where joggers energetically ran with their dogs. Just beyond the avenue of oaks, was a mere little wall separating us from the vineyards and Constantia below.

The menu
The menu is great and the staff are friendly and very accommodating to requests. I also love the fact that they use free range eggs! It does state that variations might cause delay in the food service, and therefore one of our fussy eaters was frowned upon, but the waitron was incredibly helpful in supplying a simple resolve to the situation so as not to delay.

Many opted for the Eggs Benedict @ R64 which sat on ciabatta toast. The Eggs Florentine @ R68 was a slight variation of the original with smoked salmon trout and baby spinach. A further spin on the Benedict, and one I was very interested in was the Eggs Provençal @ R64. This comprised of the standard Eggs Benedict as offered by Jonkershuis, but also served a “spinach sautéed black mushroom”. I think I will need to return to investigate that one further as it sounds very interesting!

The guys are sometimes predictable with the take up on traditional fry ups. The Groot Constantia will satiate that need @ R64 with 2 eggs, bacon, mushroom, sausage, grilled tomato and toasted ciabatta. A smaller Farmers @ R42 is available for a vegetarian spin on the fry up with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, fresh tomato and seed toast.

I tossed and turned between the Eggs Provençal, Estate Continental @ R58 (cold meat, cheese, bread and relish) and the Smoked Salmon Trout @ R68. The call of delicious fresh smoked salmon trout with seed toast and avocado along with capers, onion and a horseradish cream was too much for me to ingnore. And it was a very good call!

The Bircher Muesli with grated apple, oats, cracked almonds, berries and Bulgarian yoghurt @ R46 sounded fantastic, but my colleague opted for the Homebaked Granola @ R44 with Bulgarian yoghurt and fresh seasonal fruit.

Besides the wonderful rolling grass available for kids to play on and trees to climb (unless otherwise stated), there is also a junior breakfast section:

  • Scrambled eggs and white toast @ R24
  • Scrambled eggs, white toast, bacon, Vienna and tomato @ R32
  • French toast, cinnamon sugar, syrup, banana @ R28

So, bring your family, take in a great breakfast, a tasting of wine and a walk down a wonderful avenue of trees surrounded by vineyards and buildings steeped in history.

Contact details:
Groot Constantia Wine Estate
Cape Town
Tel: 021 794 6255

Opening times:
Mon – Sat: 09h00 to 22h00
Sun: 09h00 to 17h00

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