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Blue Water Cafe, Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie

Breakfast before horse riding and a coastal drive

A mere 45 minutes out of Cape Town CBD, up and over Ou Kaapse Weg and down into the valley inbetween Fish Hoek, Noordhoek and Kommetjie and the world is transformed.

Imhoff Farm out in Kommetjie is a wonderful place for the very young, not so young and the older crowd as well. The views are fabulous and there is a wonderful grouping of activities for all, including camel rides, horse outrides on Noordhoek Beach, reptilian farm, goats, cheese makers, crafts, a wonderful deli (best pies in town!) and 3 great restaurants to choose from.

On this fine morning, we opted for Blue Water Cafe. I believe the owner, Graham, started The River Cafe at Constantia Uitsig. It turned out to be a gorgeous morning and we had a wonderful view all the way to Hout Bay from our outside table. It is a great venue for kids with the horse paddocks surrounding the outside area and a jungle gym and swing available for them to burn excess energy. A kids party was being catered for under the trees with a separate table for moms and dads – what a great idea!

Food glorious food
Starving that we were, we took to ordering from the amazing selection available on the menu. The guys went for a fabulously generous “All-Day Breakfast Tartine” @ R62.50: open toasted ciabatta bread with eggs, bacon, mushrooms and served with tomato and beef sausage. I indulged in the “Blue Water Eggs Royale” @ R62.50: typical style eggs benedict on a potato rosti, but with smoked salmon – absolutely delicious. Both dishes were worthy of the price. The “Sunrise Sundae” @ R44.50 looked gloriously fresh and delicious with layers of fruit, granola and yoghurt and topped with a berry coulis; as did the Berry Yoghurt Energiser @ R34.50.

All in all, a wonderful drive out of Cape Town, the portions sizes are fantastic and will set you in good stead for the rest of the day, so leave home hungry. It is a great place to bring kids along to and although the service can be a little slow on the uptake, it is very friendly and very accommodating. The food is delicious and immaculately presented and I highly recommend it for a morning out with the family.

Contact details:
Blue Water Cafe
Imhoff Farm
Tel: 021 783 2007

Opening times:
Tue: 09h00 to 17h00
Wed – Sun: 09h00 to late


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Olympia Café, Kalk Bay

Olympia Café, Kalk Bay: Breakfast along the coast 

Sunday morning and off to Olympia Café in Kalk Bay with my cousin and his 2 kids.

Olympia Café is a rustic bakery and deli with fantastic food – breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I have eaten breakfast at Olympia Café many a time and have never been disappointed with the selection, quantity or price of dishes. Today was no different! 

We arrived and promptly posted our name on the board along with the number of seats we required – 5 (one is unable to pre-book, merely arrive and wait a few minutes). We waited a whole 10 minutes before being taken to a table in a corner, for which we were quite grateful as it was quite noisy inside. In times when the wait can be quite long (especially for large tables), I recommend leaving 1 person waiting and the rest of your party can go for a short walk along the path between the road and beach and look at all the lovely antique and art shops. 

Salmon Gravadlax with cream cheese, avo and rocket on rye

We sat down and were served very promptly by a friendly face. By the way, they make fantastic cappuccinos! We waited an extra bit for 1 coffee as they were brewing a fresh pot. From the selection of breakfast goodies on the blackboard, we put in our order. Menu options change daily based on the fresh ingredients available. Not even 15 minutes and all our food arrived looking gorgeous. 

A simple, freshly baked “pain au chocolat” (chocolate croissant) which was filled with a dark / milky chocolate, was heartely enjoyed by our youngest member of 9. I tucked into a fantasticly bulging omelette filled with brie cheese, sweet potato and butternut and served with a side of the best ciabatta I have had thus far (R45). My cousin chose a salmon gravadlax with cream cheese, avocado and rocket on rye bread (R55), which he thoroughly enjoyed. It looked really fresh and healthy. For an even more healthy breakfast option, strawberries, yoghurt and honey were also featured on the board. 

Omelette filled with brie, sweet potato and butternut accompanied by ciabatta

My cousin’s daughter of 12 ate all of her grilled croissant, smothered in ham, ementhaler cheese and rocket (once again) (R34) and last but not least our 5th party member had 1 of the baked croissant options – a choice of spinach and feta, mushroom and mozzarella or ham, mustard and mozarella. At R24, these make a fantastic choice for a  reasonably priced, yet filling breaky. 

Our bill for 5 people came to R248 in total. Not a bad way to start a wonderful Sunday! 

Contact details:
Olympia Café and Deli
134 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Cape Town
Tel: 021 788 6396

Opening times:
Mon – Sat: 07h00 to 21h00
Sun: 07h00 to 15h00

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