I have fielded a great many frustrated enquiries from people in the helderberg area looking for halaal places to eat. The Strand, Gordons Bay area, while a hugely popular holiday and summer time destination is not known for catering well to halaal food seekers. I’ve always felt bad telling people “sorry, I don’t know of any places in the vicinity”, until now. I had heard that a halaal coffee shop had opened in Gordons Bay. So when a beautiful 30 degrees Sunday beckoned us to the beach we decided to make a day of it and head to the new GB Mall for breakfast before enjoying the water.
Mall is really and overstatement for the quaint little shopping centre situated on Sir Lowry’s Pass road. Anchored by Checkers it comprises of no more than 10 or so stores built around a central open courtyard. The mall is true to the unhurried small town charm of Gordons Bay while still feeling modern and furnished with all necessary amenities. The Daily Coffee opens onto the courtyard and we decided to enjoy the warm summer morning at the outside tables.
The café is part of a franchise group comprising 23 stores around South Africa. The Gordons Bay store is the first halaal branch in the group. They describe their décor as New York meets The Karoo. The style is evident in the mix of urban coffee shop styling with rustic wood accents and copper lampshades. The cactus table centres and what I assume were kudu horns on the shelves certainly brought the concept to life.
We were offered menus by the friendly waitress who had seated us. She also engaged with my little one trying to elicit what he would like for breakfast. As he had already eaten we gave in to him having a bubblegum milkshake instead. We opted for the the Daily Fix breakfast for him, comprising of 2 eggs, 2 spicy dhanya sausages, grilled macon, grilled tomato, sautéed mushrooms, fries and toast of your choice for R86. My choice was the Open Croque with bolognaise sauce which was an open toastie topped with bolognaise mince, a fried egg and cheese sauce for R78. The Daily Fix was quite substantial and I liked the flavor of the dhanya sausage. Too often I am disappointed with the flavourless sausage normally served with breakfast dishes. This one had good flavor though it could have been cooked just a little more. The Open Croque despite not looking it at first proved to be quite a filling meal. The bolognaise was tasty but my Indian palate missed a touch more spiciness. I was offered a very hot peri peri sauce from local producers Quality Foods which did the trick. The one thing I would change though was to choose my bread base as ciabatta. I had opted for rye but the flavours of the dish completely overpowered the rye bread, which made it a waste.
Had I been at a more formal restaurant I would expect that a good waiter would have pointed that out, but this was after all a casual coffee shop and a waiter was unlikely to interfere with a customers preferences in bread.
One of the owners of the shop came to check on us and we got to chatting. Fatima Ravat and Melissa Hope own the shop together. They are both from corporate backgrounds in Johannesburg and have relocated to Cape Town to make a go of it in the restaurant business. Fatima is the number cruncher in the business but was also very present in front of house, while Melissa is the foodie and runs the show in the kitchen.
Fatima Ravat who I managed to snap and Melissa Hope are the owners of the Gordons Bay store
We ended our breakfast with the house cappuccino which Melissa explained uses the Daily’s own house blend, a mix of carefully roasted Ugandan and Ethiopian beans. Coffee is served on a branded wooden tasting board along with a cute little biscuit. I found the coffee on the milder side but the flavor was really good and I was glad to add another good coffee option to my list. I also spotted a shelf where you could buy their ground coffee or pods to enjoy at home.
Prices are very much on par with other mainstream mall located coffee shops. Service was friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed and unhurried. I would definitely swing by again when I’m in the area.
Listed: 21 February 2018
Cheap | Under R100, Medium | R100 - R300,