Earlier this week I drove to Bloubergstrand to meet PR Consultant Peter Marx at Café Blouberg, a restaurant which has operated in its iconic location for the past 18 years, and which has recently changed back to its original name, previously called Petit Fours. 

Café Blouberg serves a variety of unusually shaped savoury and sweet tarts, upright rather than flatter in shape, with some unusual ingredient offerings. I noticed the variety in a glass case when I took photographs inside the restaurant. It also serves Breakfasts all day, hugely popular amongst Capetonians, especially when served with such an iconic view of the ocean at the foot of Table Mountain! 

Tables fill the two-section restaurant, with white painted furniture and navy blue and white striped cushions, and nautical artifacts on the walls. Peter and I chose to sit at an outside bench, being even closer to the Atlantic Ocean across the one-way street winding its way past the two other sister Seascape Collection properties On the Rocks and Ons Huisie. 

On the Rocks in Bloubergstrand: best restaurant view in the world, brings ocean into the menu!

Our waitress Nicola was superb, with a permanent smile, and I joked that she is eminently steal-able, an absolute asset to Café Blouberg. Chef Kelsey de Pentieros and her team are doing a fantastic job in the kitchen.

Peter had been dying to try the wicked Freak strawberry Marshmallow Pink Candy Bomb Milk Shake (R55), a milkshake in pink and white, and served in a fashionable glass jar, topped with a skewer of toasted pink and white marshmallows, the highlight of our eating experience, and which Peter very kindly allowed me to indulge in. I joked that my pink dress (coincidentally) matched the Milkshake!

Other Freaky Shakes are Oreo Choc Crunch, Caramel Popcorn Explosion, and Peppermint Crisp Crumble, each sounding mouthwateringly delectable! Standard milkshakes cost R35, and they offer lime, strawberry, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate options. Affogatos cost R50, while a Dom Pedro with whiskey or Kahlua costs R42.

I love all-day Breakfasts, and was happy to find a healthy one to suit my eating plan, being a beautifully presented scrambled egg, chives, smoked Franschhoek trout, and lemons (R86), to which Nicola suggested the perfect add-on of avocado. I ordered two dry cappuccinos during the course of our special time together at Café Blouberg. Peter is a very good conversationalist and eating partner. 

Other breakfast options are The Health-kick (with homemade muesli, yoghurt, goji berries, fresh fruit & honey, R75); The Kapenaar (Vetkoek, spiced beef mince, two eggs & cheddar, R82); The Mexican (Tortilla, guacamole, chilli con carne mince, eggs, cheddar, tomato salsa & crème cheese, R85); The Blouberg (Grilled polenta, poached egg, mushroom & thyme sauce, crisp bacon, oven roasted cherry tomatoes & toast, R80); The South African (Two eggs, cheddar and corn pap, wilted baby spinach, boerewors, mushrooms, tomato relish, grilled corn & toast, R95); The English (Two eggs, bacon, pork sausages, mushrooms, roasted tomato & toast, R80) and The Croque Madame (Toast, ham, French mustard, emmenthal cheese & béchamel sauce, R86); Eggs Benedict (R95); Eggs Florentine (R78);  and a variety of omelette (R75 – R86), and croissant creations. 

Peter ordered the most unusual sounding Chicken Cheesecake (baked savoury cheesecake, roast chicken, R85), and declared it to be delicious. It is served with a salad, and he chose a Broccoli signature salad. The Turk (Flat bread, spiced chicken breast, halloumi, tomato, rocket, pickled cucumber, guacamole, and creamy garlic & onion dressing, R92) is also popular. Homemade pies (R75) with a variety of fillings such as lamb and onion, chicken and leek, steak and mushroom, and lamb and feta (served with a garden or broccoli salad), freshly baked quiches (R75) such as bacon and feta, spinach and feta, butternut, cranberry, and Brie, as well as chicken, mushroom, and peppadew (served with garden or broccoli salad), and daily changing freshly made soup (served with toasted baguette, R65) are also on the menu.  Salads offered are Blouberg Caesar (R84), The Pear & Beetroot (R90), The Butternut & Goats Cheese(R85), and The Chicken Honey Mustard (R95).

Familiar Food items at Café Blouberg are served as an unique twist, such as The Whiskey Burger (180g home-made beef, cheddar cheese, whiskey & bacon marmalade & crispy onion rings); The Pork Belly (Toasted ciabatta, pulled pork, peach chutney, baby spinach, avocado & crispy onion rings); The Mediterranean (Pita, hummus, grilled peppers & aubergine, halloumi & olives); The Roast Beef (Sourdough, pickled cucumber, rare roasted sirloin, Dijon mustard & emmenthal cheese); The South Easter (Health bread, avocado, bacon, cherry tomatoes, onion marmalade & cottage cheese); The Blouberger (180g homemade beef, cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, monkey gland sauce & bacon). All these dishes are served with broccoli, seasonal salad, or chips. Cheese & tomato, chicken & mustard mayo, bacon & egg toasted sandwiches, all served with chips, are also offered.

Sweet treat pastries fresh from the oven include a to-die-for (Peter raved) Lemon Meringue, Passionfruit Cheesecake, Upside down apple, Butterscotch Cheesecake, Chocolate Devil, Carrot Cake, Caramel Popcorn, Red Velvet, and Vanilla Passionfruit.

A small selection of bubblies (JC Le Roux at R160, Pongrácz at R270, and Leopard’s Leap at R215), white wines (including brands such as La Motte, Durbanville Hills, and Leopards Leap, in a price range of R110 – R180), and red wines (including Protea and Beyerskloof, at RR135 – R 175 per bottle) are available. Four wines can be ordered per glass. Vintages of the wines are not specified on the menu. 

Annarette Blom, Seascape Collection MD, came to pop in, to check that we were happy with our eating and drinking experience. She explained that Café Blouberg was the first of the three Seascape Collection properties to open. After a recent interior decor change and a menu adjustment, they decided to revert to the original name of Café Blouberg, a name which the locals were still calling it. 

I rarely get to Blouberg and Table View, but was astounded at the kite culture as I drove home, with numerous (as in hundreds) of kites being flown against a backdrop of Table Mountain, taking advantage of the late afternoon South Easter.  It added another (colourful) dimension to my visit, being an easy drive in both directions outside of peak traffic times. Having experienced Café Blouberg I will be heading out to it more frequently, for a coffee and meal with a difference, with a truly Proudly Cape Town view! 

Café Blouberg, 20 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town. Tel (021) 554-4462 www.cafe-Blouberg.co.za Twitter: @CafeBlouberg Instagram:@Cafe_Blouberg  Monday to Sunday 8h00 – 17h00. 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel 082 55 11 323 Twitter: @Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chris_Ulmenstein