Abigail Donnelly is editor of the Eat Out restaurant guide and food editor of Woolworths Taste magazine – which makes her our top food fundi.
Hungry? Here’s insider info on finding South Africa’s best breakfasts.
As editor of Eat Out I travel around the country a great deal, testing and tasting to find South Africa’s top 10 restaurants. Which means a lot of breakfasts away from home. Here are the places I plan my route around.
Schoon de Companje, Stellenbosch
I love to order an oversized chunky bowl of fruit salad. It’s packed with fruits a la seasonal. My last one was full of ripe purple figs, blackberries, juicy peaches and plums, quartered strawberries and plump sweet grapes all topped with raw yoghurt and honey.
Cafe Bloom, KZN Midlands
I can’t resist this piece of foodie heaven. It’s just magical! Everything is vegetarian and a lot comes from the garden. The owner, Michael Haigh, is the most amazing ceramist, and he serves his glorious home bakes on his creations. I always leave inspired.
The Patisserie, Illovo, Johannesburg
In all my trips to Johannesburg, there have been only a few times that I’ve missed a visit. It’s a pretty and happy place; I love to sit and munch on eggs Benedict and the best-ever rose petit fours.
Bellevue Café, Durban
It’s worth the trip! Expect big cast-iron pans of homemade baked beans and slow-cooked gammon, topped with an oozing poached egg, all mopped up with thick slices of buttered sourdough toast.
tashas le Parc, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
Whenever I see eggs Benedict on any menu I try them. Sometimes they’re great, and a few are outstanding. Here, they’re outstanding! The décor is stylish too and although you’re sitting in the middle of a mall, the place oozes style and makes you feel very special. On business trips I make sure I treat myself here.
Get all the details on these top spots at South Africa’s best restaurant guide, www.eatout.co.za
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Written by Abigail Donnelly