Breakfast at Sotano on Bree

Sotano on Bree

Finding a good breakfast spot is not always an easy thing to do. In my journey, not just as an ‘accidental foodie’ but also as a person who loves breakfast, I have often sadly been disappointed. Some of my favourite breakfast spots involve a bit of a drive, which isn’t always feasible, so I am always on the lookout for more great breakfast places in town. Something else that really appeals to me is a restaurant opening early. Wanting to schedule a breakfast meeting at 8am and not being able to because the restaurant only opens at 9am just doesn’t work for me. So enter Sotano on Bree.

I recently visited the new Bree Street Sotano for a Tuning the Vine event with Baleia Wines (see review here) and was absolutely blown away by both the food and the wine. When Sotano’s Jamie told me they were now serving breakfast at this branch too, I got quite excited. I got even more excited when she said they opened at 7am! Of course a breakfast date had to be arranged!

The Breakfast Space … And Coffee

For the review, we chose a lazy Saturday – cause breakfast reviews take much longer (with all the photos being taken) than normal breakfasts would. With my sister exploring the culinary feasts in London, I grabbed my best friend instead. I had pre-read the menu (cause I’m German and super prepared for everything) and spotted Eggs Benedict. Now there are two people in the world who l consider Eggs Benedict experts and those are Benike and my bestie Bianca!

On said Saturday morning, we were warmly welcomed by the staff at Sotano and chose to sit on the balcony upstairs. First things first, we started off with some Origin Flat Whites (R23) while we studied the menu.

Sotano on Bree

Welcome to Sotano on Bree

Sotano on Bree origin coffee

Origin coffee

The Breakfast Options

Well, Bianca already knew she was having the Eggs Benedict on a croissant with bacon. I was really struggling to make up my mind though. Would it be the Mediterranean Breakfast (halloumi, bacon, avocado, rocket with a poached egg and sun-dried tomato paste; R95), or the Spanish Breakfast (pork croquette, chorizo and chickpea casserole, soft boiled egg with spicy tomato relish; R90)?

Eventually I decided to go classic with a Full English Breakfast – two eggs, bacon, beef or pork sausage, mushrooms, grilled tomato, sautéed potatoes and toast for R98.

Sotano on Bree breakfast

Breakfast goodies

Eggs Benedict

Bianca loved her Eggs Benedict, which is high praise. It was, to quote her, “perfect” and with Eggs Benedict that is something that is not always achieved. She particularly loved that the hollandaise had a little extra lemony zing to it and felt it added just that special something. I tried some and definitely agreed. The portion was generous and beautifully presented.

Sotano on Bree eggs benedict

Eggs Benedict

The Full English

As for my Full English, it was huge, but in a good way. It also looked amazing and really was. The bacon was crispy, the potatoes divine, and the mushrooms made with the most delicious mix of chili and garlic. For me, a measure of a good breakfast place is always if the kitchen gets the eggs order perfect. The difference between over easy and over hard is huge and something many places struggle with. Not Sotano though. They got it just right! Yay, happy me.

Sotano on Bree full english

The Full English

Visit Sotano on Bree for Breakfast

Apart from the good food, I enjoyed that Sotano on Bree had such a relaxed and laid back vibe for breakfast. There was no loud music, no harsh light, just happy smiles and great service. And that is a very good thing! Thank you Sotano for being a great breakfast option in town and also for opening early. See you at 7 soon!

Sotano on Bree

Address: 199 Bree Street, Cape Town CBD

Opening Times:  Monday – Sunday (07:00 – 23:00)


Call+27 21 422 0567

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Written by Sabine Palfi
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Article Date: November 2018

All information correct at time of publication. We do not accept any liability caused by errors, including, but not limited to, changes in price, menu, opening times, address, or other contact details.