Sunday mornings are made for lazy breakfasts and coffee on the couch in your pj’s. This last Sunday though I woke up with a bee in my bonnet. Cabin Fever! The house was closing in on me and I needed to get out. So I rounded everyone up and set off towards the ocean to find a nice spot for breakfast.
Caturra Coffee Bar was our final destination. It has recently been bought over by Zameer Kantharia and reinvented into a trendy little spot on the humming Sea Point Main Road. He is a professional chef, originally from Zimbabwe, who studied in Joburg. He did a six month internship in Ibitha, poor guy…. :-), and decided to open up Caturra Coffee bar where he could offer a superior coffee shop experience without compromising on the quality of the food.
Even on a Sunday morning the area was busy. People and cars had to be negotiated carefully. My mum who is recuperating from an operation was in a wheelchair so it was a bit challenging to get parking in the right spot to get her out of the car and onto the high sidewalk. We saw eventually that the ends of the blocks did have sloped areas where you could take a wheelchair up. Luckily, there was no steps into the restaurant and getting inside was no issue. I had phoned ahead to check if the wheelchair was an issue and had reserved a table in the process. When I got there though, they did not seem to know about the reservation. Luckily, there was a suitable table available and we were seated immediatley. Be warned though, it’s not very big but it is very busy. For reasons that became obvious, they were almost full by the time we got there at 10.30. It’s casual and laid back. Small two seater tables mingle with larger 6 seaters with benches and comfy pillows. People seemed to stop by for a quick coffee and others stay longer for full breakfasts. You might have to wait a bit for a table but turnaround was not too long.
They had great breakfast options many of them with poached eggs. Although, when the waiter took our order he did give the option of having them fried instead. My order of Smoked Salmon wrapped around Asparagus Spears topped with two medium done Poached Eggs was perfectly cooked and presented. The poached eggs made a beautiful photo when I cut into them and just the right amount of soft yellow gently oozed out. I had to order extra toast though as it did come come with any. The macon in my Mum’s dish was more meaty, like spiced beef, rather than what is many times offered at other places which is more like pressed beef. Everyone was happy with their food and if you’re wanting something more continental, you could just opt for a muffin or croissant from the displays. Coffee was excellent and will be hard to beat anywhere else.
To wrap up, I also tried a Rooibos Chai from the tea range which is presented on a board for you to choose from a flavourful range. It’s in tiny individual boxes. I forget the name of the range but they also serve it like this at the Vineyard hotel and there are great traditional and fruity flavours to choose from.
Breakfast, Casual Dining, Dinner, Lunch,
Medium | R100 - R300,