I’ve always been a fan of brunch, so I was super keen to check out the new Manger Manje Boozy Brunch at The Mash Tun. These brunches have been going up in Jburg for a while, but I got to check out the first Cape Town edition!

The Mash Tun is a lovely spot in Woodstock, a little off the beaten track, but in one of those gloriously restored buildings where all the Woodstock hipsters now hang out. At least that’s the feel I got, coz brunch was on a Sunday and apart from The Mash Tun everything else was closed.

The concept behind the Manger Manje Boozy Brunch is simple: For R300 you can select three items off their brunch menu (it changes regularly), plus you’ll get to enjoy bottomless cocktails. The portions are a little on the small side, but three of them will give you the brunch satisfaction. The only catch? There are brunch times. One session runs from 10:00 – 12:00, one from 12:00 – 14:00, and the last from 14:00 – 16:00. I’ve always hated set food times – when I eat out I want to relax, not feel like cattle being rushed through a feeder. But the guys at The Mash Tun were super chilled and no one adhered to the set times.

Manger Manje choc chia

Chocolate Chia Parfait

Manger Manje rosti

Rosti goodness with bacon and poached egg

Manger Manje burrito

Buritto baby

Manger Manje pancakes

Pancakes, glorious pancakes

My sister and I chose a few of the same items off the menu. The chocolate chia parfait with roasted almonds for one, as well as the sweet potato rosti with poached egg and bacon. She then also had the scrambled tofu burrito with roasted veg, while I went for the ricotta & blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. You get to choose in which order you want your dishes to be brought out.

The food was lovely, albeit, as said, a little on the small side portion-wise. The chocolate chia parfait was probably our favourite – of course chia is always a winner, and it went real well with the chocolate, almonds, and berries. And of course the pancakes were also a winner. I had this as my last option, and you can literally never go wrong with pancakes to complete a meal.

The cocktails were simple and refreshing, though it seems that everyone there had much more of a tolerance than we did! Sabine and I had two cocktails each and then we were done. It would have been nice to have a few other options – like coffee – as well, but cocktails are what the Manger Manje Boozy Brunches are supposed to be all about.

Manger Manje Cocktails

The cocktails

There were a few teething problems on the day, with food coming out a little slower than it should, the dishes not being 100% what they said on the menu (i.e. there was supposed to be avocado in the wrap but there wasn’t) but it was the first day and we did get advance warning that everyone is still in training and getting used to the concept.  And everyone there – from management to waiters – were so incredibly kind that it was all pretty chilled!

Personally, boozy brunches aren’t what I would do for a nice brunch date with a friend (singular), but it would definitely be something I would do as a brunch extravaganza with a group of friends. With a set price and a simple menu, there will always be something for everyone. Plus, unlimited cocktails are kind of a winner when out with a group!

Written by Benike Palfi
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Article Date: November 2017

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