Famous Bean Cafe, Pinelands
8:00 - 18:00 Mon to Fri (Kitchen closes at 17:00
8:00 - 12:00 Sat
8:00 - 13:00 Sun
Price Range (p/p)
Halaal is not so easy to find in the northern suburbs but with a new halaal coffee shop in Howard Centre Pinelands, we’re definitely catching up to the southern suburbs. The Famous Bean coffee shop was a recent discovery though they have been open for some time. The menu displays a halaal sign and the owner is Muslim from Durban.
The location is great for stay-at-home moms, who can make a day of it by taking the kids to Be-Up trampoline park which is just behind the mall and then eating at the Famous Bean Café. We were three moms with two babies on our visit there. We requested a baby chair, which they did not have so I don’t think they are child-friendly per se; but we opted to stay anyway.
We decided to do brunch, instead of breakfast as the lunch options looked so tempting. We shared a muffin and croissant for starters. The muffin was big and yummy, the croissant average but not bad. For lunch we ordered a beef burger to share between my friend and I as we were already stuffed with the starters. The burger was really good and filling. I loved the relish. I for one love hash browns and ordered one as a side even though the burger comes with chips. My other friend had the chicken livers which was very nice and had to take half home as it was quite a big portion. The latte and the cappuccino we had were both delicious.
Prices were fair and I would say R150 – R180 a person including drinks starters and main meals should be sufficient.
The atmosphere was great, what I liked and what says a lot about the food, is that it was well supported by the local community, who usually prefer bacon for breakfast. Our waitress wasn’t the greatest but I can’t fault anything else. Feels like a safe location, parking is cheaper if you park at the back. Will definitely go again.
By Aisha Ebrahim
Aisha runs the Halaal food Establishments Cape Town Facebook page. Supporting and growing strictly halaal business is something very dear to her heart. She is a home executive, mom of two and loving wife.