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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
Claremont
Cape Town
Tel: 021 671 6875

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

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Cafeen, Kenilworth

Breakfast with a mountain view in the Southern Suburbs: Cafeen in Harfield Village

I think Cafeen could become another one of my favourite places. It is rustic, old world with a slight spin on farm house kitsch. And with outside and inside opportunities and fresh, wholesome food … it is a definite winner.

We arrived on a Sunday morning around 9:30am and it was fairly quiet. We did book though as we were a party of 6 people. By 10:30am, the place was packed with after church visitors and late risers.

Cafeen sits perfectly on the corner of 3rd Avenue in Harfield Village / Kenilworth just down the road from Oblivion Wine Bar, and opposite a lovely park with a view up to Devil’s Peak. There is no set parking area, but parking is available in the surrounding streets.

Their menu is extensive and covers all the bases, so there is definitely something for everyone. I am still looking for the unusual, so I went for something a little more risqué – Summer Stack (R52) which was a gorgeously large slice of health toast covered in Brie cheese, and then topped with roasted herbed mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and covered in lovely rocket and watercress before being topped once again with crispy bacon and drizzled reduced balsamic vinegar. It was completely delicious!

The French Toast with caramelized bananas looked fabulous as well (R38), especially served with a side of maple syrup and lemon curd on the side.

I saw an Avo Sandwich (R35) float passed me, which looked lovely and healthy (seasonal based on availability of avos). Waffles are also up for grabs (R25) along with pancakes (23) and the choice of croissants: Bacon and Brie (R40) or Smoked Salmon (R49).

If you feeling like a simple breakfast, you can select the toast and spreads option (homemade jams, anchovy, marmite, bovril, honey or peanut butter). The usual muesli option with yoghurt and fruit is up for grabs (R35) and then different varieties of your cooked breaky.

All in all – fantastic and I have made plans to visit there again! Apparently the menu does change based on season … so will be keeping my eye on what’s new at Cafeen.

Contact Details:
Cafeen
41, 3rd Avenue
Harfield Village
Cape Town
Tel: 021 674 6209
Email: info@cafeen.co.za
Web: www.cafeen.co.za

Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 08h00 to 16h30
Sat incl public holidays: 08h00 to 15h00
Sun: 09h00 to 14h00

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