Nouveau Coffee and Grill, Century City
07:00 - 22:00 Mon to Sun
Price Range (p/p)
Medium | R100 - R300,Pricey | R300 and above
Conveniently located in the Century City precinct, this new spot on the Cape Town food scene is a welcome addition.
They opened about 2 weeks ago and have been very busy since due to a ravenous Cape Town patronage hungry for upscale halaal experiences. I visited on a Monday morning while in Cape Town before flying out to Joburg with just enough time for breakfast and a catch-up with a friend. I would have loved to try the main menu but it will have to wait for my next Mothercity trip.
The restaurant has a cosy but sophisticated ambiance with reasonably spaced tables and open ceilings. The glass wall at the back of the restaurant allows you to see into the kitchen while still maintaining a separation from the restaurant space. While there is comfy booth seating against some of the walls, the rest of the chairs are of a spare design, not really conducive to long-drawn-out meals. Some armchair style chairs interspersed among these may feel more inviting.
An outside seating area allows them to fit in more tables and offers hookah smokers a spot to puff away.
They serve bootlegger coffee which was very good and were able to accommodate me with almond milk for my cappuccino.
Service was ok. Our waiter was young and seemed inexperienced so small details were missed. Our empty cups were not cleared when our breakfast was served. He was pleasant and enthusiastic though which made up for the lack of knowledge.
We chose from a small breakfast menu which I found quite basic. Not much that was unusual. We both opted for the Sunriser breakfast which comes with 2 eggs, 2 lamb sausages, avocado, sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomato and toast. I had requested fried eggs but was served scrambled eggs. Pressed for time I chose not to send it back. The lamb sausage was a spicy dhanya sausage and was very good. Better than most other breakfast sausages I have had. The avocado was hard. If they had known this when cutting it, it should not have been served. Our breakfast came with complimentary mango juice as the special on the day. I was hoping to have a pot of Earl Grey tea after, but while they have a range of coffee-based drinks they only serve ceylon tea.
The rest of the menu is not huge and comprises a small selection of starters, steaks, a small range of Indian curries, 3 seafood dishes and a small dessert menu. Prices are on the high side at R188 for a fillet steak to R232 for 4 lamb cutlets. Curries average R200 and seafood dishes R230 with their Brownies dessert at R73. There was no kids menu but I did not ask for one either.
They describe their menu as fine dining but I am more inclined to call it upscale and sophisticated rather than fine dining. Fine dining is more than just plating. It is innovation with food that is unusual and that offers diners more of an experience. The service also needs to live up to this label.
They have a lovely setting and ambiance and with more attention to service will make a great destination for celebrations as well as a casual coffee.