I love breakfast! I go to bed looking forward to breakfast. Usually, when I wake up in the morning, it’s not because I had enough sleep but because I want that warm breakfast and hot cup of coffee. Yes, I know, I may be odd that way, but that is just me. Now, you’d think breakfast is not something you can really mess up, but, the thing is, you really can. We have so many great food places in Cape Town, but when it comes to breakfast, Cape Town tends to be expensive but underwhelming. So, this were I get excited about places like The Larder. Because, seriously now, praise The Larder Cafe – because everything from service to food to atmosphere deserves serious praise.
Having reviewed The Larder Cafe early in 2016 and having loved it, Benike and I were super excited to visit again. We arrived just after 8am on a Friday morning at the newly renovated Larder Cafe, and already found it bustling with both sit-down and take-away guests. Turns out take-away coffee and breakfast and, later in the day, lunch, are huge at The Larder. What surprised me was how many of the guests were known by name, giving it a very homely and welcoming feel. I don’t often find this in Cape Town, but absolutely love it! We couldn’t wait to dig in to what obviously brought these guests back over and over again.
First Things First: Coffee
First things first, coffee. Well, for me. I started with a super delicious single flat white (R21) made with Bean There beans. My sister likes starting the day off with juices, so she had a fresh pressed raw juice. The Vitalise contained carrot, apple, orange, lemon and ginger (R35). Of course I had some, because what’s the point of having a sister if you can’t have some of whatever she’s having?
The juice was amazing. And so is, of course, having a sister. On a side note, I absolutely love that The Larder doesn’t do straws. Never. And no plastic packaging.
Honest & Good Food
The Larder does, however, do the following: free-range, pasture-reared, antibiotic-free meat and free-range farm eggs, all from small producers in the local community. This makes the food honest and real and keeps the carbon footprint down. And we at I Love Foodies love that! So, now, with no further ado, let’s get to the food!
The menu is extensive. There are options for vegans (apparently their vegan chickpea-based omelette is phenomenal), vegetarians, and even for low carbers. We literally had a hard time choosing because there was so much we wanted to try. In the end, my sister went with the Johnny Depp – because why would you want anyone else? The Johnny is two poached eggs on sourdough toast, crispy bacon, roast tomatoes and hollandaise sauce (R78) and is basically an eggs benedict, but better and the way the actual Johnny Depp likes to eat it. Benike loved it and rated it as one of the top three eggs benedict-esque breakfasts ever. I stole some of the bacon and must say it was amazing. You really do taste the difference between store-bought filled-with-nonsense and good clean bacon. [Read about the first time we tried the Johnny Depp and where the name comes from here.]
I chose the Metro Omelette (R55), which is made with three eggs, brie, mushroom, spinach, and herbs, and it is hands-down the best omelette I have ever had. I am already planning my next visit. The mix of the molten brie, spinach and mushrooms was just perfect and so full of flavour. Instant happiness!
The Bargain Menu
Apart from the amazing food and its ethical and good quality, there was something else that surprised us. The prices. They are really, really good. I mean, R35 for a raw pressed fresh juice or R55 for an omelette?! How rare is that for Cape Town? Good food at an affordable price? And to add to it, there are even ‘bargain breakfasts’, which are like early bird breakfasts but for all birds, because they are served till 10am on weekdays! As an example, a two-egg omelette plus a single flat white/Americano costs R48 on the bargain menu.
Loving The Larder Cafe
My point is this: I was thoroughly impressed by The Larder (again). The food was excellent, the service warm, friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere welcoming. In The Larder philosophy, owner Sonja talks about ‘”loving cafés with soul – places you can feel right at home and be treated like an old friend”, and that is exactly what our experience felt like. If I Love Foodies had a rating system, The Larder would get five hearts.
A huge thank you to Sonja and the staff at The Larder for their hospitality and kindness. Seeing you greet every customer with love, care, and attention (and very often with a first name) made us believe in the good of the world again.
Visit The Larder Cafe
For more information on The Larder Cafe and to plan your next visit, see below.
The Larder Cafe
Address: Corner Grove & Pearce Street, Claremont
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (07:00 – 15:30), Saturdays (08:30 – 13:00)
Call: +27 21 671 1958
Article Date: September 2018
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