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Restaurant Review: Crust Cafe’ not for the upper crust!

Crust Cafe’ is a new-ish no-nonsense coffee shop, take-away and food delivery service operating in the Cape Town city centre, just off Buitensingel on Bree Street.   Its name is catchy and the clean white-painted tables and benches outside, with umbrellas, attract attention as one drives past.   It has a good selection of breakfast and lunch options, at extremely low prices.

Crust Cafe’s all-day breakfast options include fresh fruit salad at R 20, and R 25 if muesli and yogurt are added.   Oats and banana cost R 24.   A full English breakfast with all the bells and whistles (sausages, bacon, tomato and toast) costs R 33, an omelette with a choice of two fillings costs R 30, and if you want it plain, eggs on toast cost R 20.

For lunch or in-between snacks, toasted sandwiches are available (ranging between R 18 – R 22); gourmet sandwiches on ciabatta, rye or rolls range from R 28 for ham and salad or smoked chicken and avocado, to R R 32 for roast chicken.   Wraps cost R 34, and two combinations are offered.   Two salads and a soup of the day are also available.   A 100 % pure organic coffee by TRiBeCa is sold in packets of beans, or in a variety of prepared coffee styles.

Hot meals served include chicken and beef burgers (R 28 – R 35), hot dogs (R 16 – R 23), and chips.   Every day they offer a different special meal of the day – on 11 March this was lasagne and salad at R 35, beef curry and rice at R 32, and cream of celery soup and a roll at R 20.  One can barely prepare a meal at home at such a low cost.  All food is prepared fresh every day.  Should any food be left over, it is disposed of at the end of the day. 

What makes Crust Cafe’ attractive is its delivery service to office blocks nearby, even for breakfasts.   I observed businesspersons coming in to Crust Cafe’, to collect a quick bite to eat, probably to take back to the office. 

Phil and Andrew opened Crust Cafe’ six months ago, two British Capetonians who have settled here because they love the climate and the people of Cape Town.   They are absolutely hands-on owners.

Crust Cafe’, 243 Bree Street, corner Buitensingel Street, tel 021 422 2222, www.crust.co.za (still under construction).  Mondays – Fridays, 7h30 – 15h30.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com

Franschhoek goes to Cape Town!

Well-known Franschhoek tapas restaurant Bouillabaisse is to open a sister restaurant in the new Epicurean Food Emporium in Cape Town next month.  Chef and owner Camil Haas previously owned Klein Oliphantshoek, the guest house at which he and his wife Ingrid prepared award-winning tasting menu meals for their guests. 

Not only will a new Bouillabaisse open in Cape Town, but a new restaurant Crepe Suzette will also be opened by the Haas duo.

The Epicurean Food Emporium has been designed by Conrad Gallagher Consulting, and will open in The Rockwell, an apartment building in De Waterkant.    It will be set up as a neighbourhood food market, with 15 food and beverage stores selling freshly baked bread, homemade jam, chutney, pesto, olive oil, wine, gourmet sandwiches, chocolates, ice cream, confectionery and cheeses.  It is to become a one-stop market synonomous with fine food, outstanding service, quality and food trends, reports Supermarket & Retailer.   Further restaurants, in addition to Bouillabaisse and Crepe Suzette, are set to open.

Other restaurant news is that onewaterfront, the restaurant in the Cape Grace Hotel in the Waterfront, which became famous when Bruce Robertson was the chef, is changing its name to Signal, reports eatout, in honour of Cape Town’s traditional noon day gun on Signal Hill.   The restaurant will serve Cape food, reflecting the French Huguenot, British, Dutch and Asian heritage of the Cape.

Bruce Robertson, now the owner of award-winning and Top 10 restaurant The Showroom, is opening another restaurant, located in the Grand Daddy Hotel, previously The Metropole Hotel, in Long Street, called theshowroomcafe, reports eatout.   The menu will be casual, local and “unfussy”, and the chef is Simone Rossouw.

Richard Carstens, top 10 restauranteur when he was at Lynton Hall in KwaZulu-Natal and Bijoux in Franschhoek, is not moving to Franschhoek, as speculated, but is relaunching Relish in New Church Street, and is now called Nova, reports eatout.    A tasting menu (at R 325 per person) and an a la carte menu will be offered.