Mugg & Bean, Kenilworth Centre
7:00 - 21:00 Monday to Sunday
Price Range (p/p)
Cheap | Under R100
Medium | R100 - R300
Kenilworth Centre in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town has become a hotbed of halaal eateries. Some of the long standing restaurants have become halaal with the new revamp of the mall late last year and others opening up have seen the value of going halaal. Mugg & Bean is a new addition to the mall and is currently the only halaal branch of this popular franchise in the country.
We visited on the long weekend only to find a 20 minute queue before we could get a table. On speaking to the manager I was told that this has been the case every weekend since they opened. Suffice it to say, Muslim foodies have been waiting eagerly for another halaal branch since the Vangate Mall branch closed a few years ago.
We decided to wait and finally got a table (yes, I know it was only 20 minutes, but when you have a restless 4 year old in tow who was promised waffles and ice cream, it can feel like 2 hours). In spite of the restaurant being full to capacity, the service was efficient and we didn’t wait long for our food. The menu is the same as all the other branches with the obvious substitutions for halaal meat.
A range of decadent looking breakfast options were tempting so we opted for the Big Ben and the Famous One breakfast. The Big Ben is an impressive looking toasted English muffin topped with baby spinach, fresh tomato, hashbrowns, cheddar, turkey, macon, deep-fried onion rings & two poached eggs, drizzled with hollandaise sauce. The menu said it was ideal for sharing. I was able to finish this on my own. So don’t opt to share if you’re hungry. The Famous One consists of two eggs, macon, a sweetcorn fritter, grilled tomato & rosemary-salted fries, served with a slice of toast. This was quite filling for the hubby. I quite liked the sweetcorn fritter myself. The gooseberry and apple ice tea was quite good and it being sugar free was a guilt-free delight. I liked the brand new black crockery and interesting serve ware for the milk. Of course we could not do Mugg & Bean without trying the coffee. The medium strength filter coffee blend was just perfect.
Taufeeq was promised waffles, and to our disappointment we discovered that Mugg & Bean no longer does waffles. But we managed to avoid drama and tears with a kiddies order of chocolate chip flapjacks and ice cream. The kiddies order was really just one big flapjack and we had to order a second portion for him as he enjoyed it so much, and like Oliver, looked up with those pitiful puppy eyes and I just melted. At R79 and R69 for the breakfast dishes I thought pricing was ok. But I thought R21 for the single kiddies flapjack and ice cream a tad overpriced and R29 for a small kids milkshake is definitely too steep.
The fact that it was so busy made it quite noisy and a bit rushed. I’d like to go soon at a quieter time and have a more relaxed meal. There’s some interesting breakfast skillets on the menu including Shakshushka as well as a Sesame Crusted Buttermilk Chicken Burger that almost won over the Big Ben. But all in all a good experience. I was very impressed that they did not drop the ball the entire time we were there in spite of the crowd.
Listed: 4 May 2017
Also in Kenilworth Centre: Dulce Cafe, Kenilworth