Honey, I’m In Love With Cafe Honeybun
My dining experience usually starts the moment I read the name of the restaurant I’ll be visiting. For me, the name needs to be tantalising, exciting and enough to make me drool even before a plate is put in front of me. So, needless to say, when I was invited to brunch at Cafe Honeybun in Observatory, I experienced a full sensory overload at the prospect. I was not disappointed. This quaint café lived up to my wildest breakfast daydreams.
Crammed full of little foodie nooks and crannies, everyone frequents Lower Main Road in Observatory when their taste buds demand a specific flavour or whim. This part of Cape Town is not only foodie heaven, but also picturesque in an old-worldly way with panoramic views of Table Mountain. Perched proudly on the corner of Lower Main and Trill Roads, hiding under a shady umbrella of charming broekielace, you’ll find Cafe Honeybun.
Inside, the café is small without being cramped. An assortment of little tables and plush banquettes are scattered throughout the cosy space, with an open kitchen along the back of the café, and a coffee and cake bar that stretches along the far side. The furniture is beautifully mismatched and barstools along the front of the café offer diners a sunny spot overlooking the bustle of Observatory. Bright light floods in through the wall-to-wall windows along the street front, warming the early newspaper-reading crowd from the inside out. On a sunny day, these windows are thrown open and diners spill out onto the wrap-around patio. The smell of strong coffee permeates to the core of your soul, and the sizzle of breakfast pans in the kitchen remind you of your reason for visiting.
We were happily greeted and welcomed by Tracy, who showed us to a lovely corner breakfast nook along the back. We arrived at 09.00 and already most of the tables were occupied by a very diverse range of diners, ranging from couples to cyclists to groups of friends and families. Never for a minute did we feel confined or overwhelmed. In fact, this is a gorgeously relaxed way to start the weekend, munching through the happy chatter of fellow earlybirds.
Deciding to trust Tracy for their yummiest (and prettiest!) breakfast recommendations, we ordered three dishes from their breakfast menu: salmon benedict, Nutella french toast and a gorgeous bowl of muesli with yoghurt, fruit and honey to share. I opted for a large cappuccino and my friend had a super-charged berry blaze smoothie.
Whilst we waited for our food, I took in our surroundings. There’s a happy little kitchen humming along in the back. And the impressive coffee/cake bar draws the eye to the modern chalkboard wall, which announces their vast selection of hot beverages. I loved the vibe. It was relaxed and friendly and not excessively busy, even though the tables are constantly being turned over as people come and go for quick breakfast grabs. Having said that, we felt perfectly comfortable having a long, leisurely meal and nobody ever tried to hustle us out the front door.
The salmon benedict was generous. The hollandaise sauce creamy and rich, as it should be. It was served with fresh greens, grilled tomato and lusciously oozy poached eggs. The Nutella french toast was the prettiest plate I’ve seen in a long time. Imagine eggy bread drizzled with lashings of syrup, almond flakes, banana and crispy slices of bacon, all sandwiched together with spoons of Nutella. It was heavenly and utterly more-ish. The muesli bowl rounded off the richness of our breakfasts with a helping of fresh fruit and plain yoghurt.
I enjoyed every aspect of our meal. Though I wished I could explore their expansive menu in more detail! They cater for most tastes and restrictions – not only for breakfast, but also for light brunches and lunches. The service was super and the staff incredibly friendly. They were also more than happy to make small additions or substitutions to our orders, which is a welcome change these days. All in all, a fantastic experience. I’ll most certainly return to this delightful little café at the foot of the mountain.
Get all info on Cafe Honeybun below!
Address: 107 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Opening Times: Monday – Friday (07:00 – 17:00), Weekends (08:00 – 16:00)
Call: +27 21 447 0606
Article Date: August 2018
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