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.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.
Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe
90 Kloof Street
Tamboerskloof / Gardens
Tel: 021 424 2740
Mon – Wed: 08h00 to 16h00
Thur – Fri: 08h00 to 22h00
Sat: 08h00 to 18h00
Sun: 08h00 to 15h00