The Coffee Lounge, Century City
07:00 - 21:00 Daily
Price Range (p/p)
Medium | R100 - R300
It’s been relatively easy to get halaal food in Century City, but you’ve always had to go inside Canal Walk shopping centre. That little halaal hotspot seems to be expanding as The Coffee Lounge has opened in its own location along the canal itself. Along with another halaal restaurant in the vicinity which we will tell you more about next week. (Psssst… you don’t want to miss this one.)
Previously located inside the Crystal Towers hotel, the Coffee Lounge has now moved to their own premises along the Island Club Walkway just off Esplanade Road. We parked in the bays across the Burner restaurant and took a short walk to the left towards the coffee shop. It’s a pretty location on a sunny day, with the waterway in front and Canal Walk Shopping centre rising above on the other side.
The venue is intimate with a low ceiling, unadorned walls and dark tiled floor. The glass tables and ghost chairs are a modern touch but the lack of decor and accessories made the space feel very cavernous. There was nothing to absorb noise so every sound was loud in the small space. There were 2 tables occupied when we went on a Thursday morning. One just a mother and daughter and the other a large table of older ladies seeming to have a ladies brunch of some sort. Suffice it to say, it was loud.
Service was friendly and efficient. We ordered the Croissant Eggs Benedict with macon for me, a 3-egg omelette with spinach, onion, peppers, mushroom, cheese and chicken for him (he wanted their smoked chicken baguette but they were out of baguettes) and a margarita pizza for Taufeeq. The tomato concasse on the pizza was very tasty and the base just crispy enough. We all enjoyed it and it could serve 2 not very hungry people. I enjoyed my eggs benny but found the macon a bit too fatty. The waiter had not asked me how I wanted my poached eggs so it was lucky that it came medium which is how I like it, lol. Zulfi enjoyed his omelette, it was well cooked and substantial. The toast that came with it was thick slices which were nice as the outside was crispy with a soft inside.
They are actually known for their desserts and offer a morning tea and an afternoon tea option for under R200 p/p. But we had no space for dessert at this point and I did not feel for a sweet breakfast so did not go for the morning tea. Our meal which also included a cappuccino, latte and a milkshake came to R380.
All in all we enjoyed the food but I feel the space lacked ambiance. It has huge potential and with the right interior design could be a great destination. They should also be making the most of the view of the canal which is mostly hidden from view from the inside. I hope that in summer they will add outside tables for that nice Parisian touch…