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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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Lazari Original, Gardens, Cape Town City Centre

Lazari Original: Breakfast in Cape Town City Centre

I arrived at Lazari 30 minutes before my friend, just to get a sense of the place and to make sure we got a table for breakfast. To my relief, it was quiet with an eclectic mix of people spotted here and there. There are only 10 tables and a couch section inside Lazaris, with 2 or 3 outside Parisian-style tables (when the weather is good). By the time we left, close to 12pm, clientele needed to wait for a table.

Although excited about the prospect of eggs benedict (R50), I thought I better consider some of the other options as well … just in case there was something unusual up for grabs. Health breakfast with muesli, yoghurt, fruit and honey (R45) looked good, also as an option were gorgeous, huge looking croissants with various filling options including scrambled eggs, salmon, bacon and one interesting combo of mozzarella, ham, rocket and tomato.

Lazari Early Bird Breakfast

But, from the eggs benedict I did not stray! Especially when I was offered the option of bacon, ham or salmon. Being a salmon addict, I obviously opted for that! My friend chose the early bird breakfast with a generous portion of scrambled egg, loads of bacon, fried tomato and fresh ciabatta (R47).

My eggs benedict was quite a rustic looking plate of food with way too much sauce. But the eggs were perfect and the ciabatta bread that it was all placed on was delicious and fresh. Accompanied by a fantastic cappuccino (I went in for a second cup of that!), I was in heaven.

Lazari Eggs Benedict with Salmon

The service was great, very caring and attentive. I found it a very calming and relaxing environment, even with the odd clamour from the kitchen and the hiss of the coffee machine. Parents happily arrived with their young children who contentedly ate of the pink cupcakes which Lazari are also famous for.

Update: 16 December 2010
Popped into Lazari this morning for a quick cappuccino with a friend and ended up having breakfast of delish scrambled eggs and rye bread. They have recently expanded their premises as the shop next door became available. Noise levels are quite high due to high ceilings, but is still fantastically vibey.

Contact details:
Lazari Original
Cnr Upper Maynard & Vredehoek Avenue
Cape Town
Tel: 021 461 9865

Opening times:
Mon – Sun: 07h30 to 17h00

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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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Bon Fromage, Newlands

Bon Fromage, Newlands: Breakfast in the Southern Suburbs    

It is a moody-weather Thursday morning and I am meeting my team for breakfast to celebrate a colleague’s birthday. Bon Fromage in Newlands is the venue of choice for this first meal of the day.     

Sitting on the busy main road of Newlands, in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and opposite the South African Breweries (SAB), Bon Fromage is a French-style bakery and cheese café. They have a simple, healthy and rustic selection of menu options covering breakfast and lunch, and a wonderful deli refrigerator filled with a vast selection of cheeses and a wooden rack of gorgeous crisp, fresh breads.     

Bon Fromage traditional breakfast

The party of peeps took a while to decide what they wanted as it all looked so good.    

The birthday boy decided on the traditional fry up breakfast which looked great, however, the pork sausages seemed a little bit anorexic. Someone took the most expensive choice on the menu (at R55.00) “Bon Fromage French Breakfast” consisting of a fresh fruit salad with a yoghurt and sour cream topping, followed by a platter of meats and cheeses and freshly baked bread. Comment was that it was good … but not fantastic.    

blt baguette

2 colleagues chose the ‘blt baguette’ with crispy bacon, roasted tomatoes, rocket and parmesan shavings. The baguette was a little bit too crispy to eat as a traditional closed blt sandwich. I embarked on a croissant (instead of baguette) filled with salmon (instead of bacon), omelette-style eggs and oven roasted tomatoes. Was delicious!    

Coffees, hot chocolate and cappuccinos all round.     

The atmosphere is very relaxed so much so that the service is a little slow and with a small kitchen, breakfasts for a large group might not all come out at the same time. But it is very pleasant sitting in the calmness of the interior with the hustle and bustle of life happening on the outside.    

Contact details:
Bon Fromange
Corner of Main Street and Dean Street
Newlands, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 685 3631

Opening hours:
Mondays – Fridays: 07h30 to 17h45
Saturdays: 08h30 to 15h00 (flexible on sports days)
Sundays: 09h00 to 15h00    

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