Crust Cafe’ is a new-ish no-nonsense coffee shop, take-away and food delivery service operating in the Cape Town city centre, just off Buitensingel on Bree Street.   Its name is catchy and the clean white-painted tables and benches outside, with umbrellas, attract attention as one drives past.   It has a good selection of breakfast and lunch options, at extremely low prices.

Crust Cafe’s all-day breakfast options include fresh fruit salad at R 20, and R 25 if muesli and yogurt are added.   Oats and banana cost R 24.   A full English breakfast with all the bells and whistles (sausages, bacon, tomato and toast) costs R 33, an omelette with a choice of two fillings costs R 30, and if you want it plain, eggs on toast cost R 20.

For lunch or in-between snacks, toasted sandwiches are available (ranging between R 18 – R 22); gourmet sandwiches on ciabatta, rye or rolls range from R 28 for ham and salad or smoked chicken and avocado, to R R 32 for roast chicken.   Wraps cost R 34, and two combinations are offered.   Two salads and a soup of the day are also available.   A 100 % pure organic coffee by TRiBeCa is sold in packets of beans, or in a variety of prepared coffee styles.

Hot meals served include chicken and beef burgers (R 28 – R 35), hot dogs (R 16 – R 23), and chips.   Every day they offer a different special meal of the day – on 11 March this was lasagne and salad at R 35, beef curry and rice at R 32, and cream of celery soup and a roll at R 20.  One can barely prepare a meal at home at such a low cost.  All food is prepared fresh every day.  Should any food be left over, it is disposed of at the end of the day. 

What makes Crust Cafe’ attractive is its delivery service to office blocks nearby, even for breakfasts.   I observed businesspersons coming in to Crust Cafe’, to collect a quick bite to eat, probably to take back to the office. 

Phil and Andrew opened Crust Cafe’ six months ago, two British Capetonians who have settled here because they love the climate and the people of Cape Town.   They are absolutely hands-on owners.

Crust Cafe’, 243 Bree Street, corner Buitensingel Street, tel 021 422 2222, www.crust.co.za (still under construction).  Mondays – Fridays, 7h30 – 15h30.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com