The Independent on Sunday, 4 January 2014
“There are places you go for a breakfast when you want a quickie eggs, bacon, toast and coffee before rushing off to do your weekend chores. And then there are places you go when you want to chat over coffee, ponder the menu, chat, eat, chat, order more coffee, and then forget about the list of chores waiting for you at home.
Parc Cafe falls very firmly into the second category. It’s a trendy, comfy venue with tables spilling out on to the pavement. The service is relaxed and friendly, without being slow and inefficient.
The menu is on the blackboard wall, and the breakfast options are tempting. I was particularly impressed by one item: “Eggs + Toast (how you like them) – R30”. Simple, no fuss – just eggs and toast. But I just had to try the green asparagus, poached eggs, rocket and parmesan, brown butter vinaigrette, truffle oil and flaked almonds. It is served on your choice of toast, and I went with the potato and rosemary bread, which was light, and with just a hint of rosemary. The flavours combined beautifully, the eggs were perfect, and the almonds gave a wonderful crunchy texture to a delicious dish.
My companion finds it impossible to pass up an opportunity to have Eggs Benedict. Parc’s version is described as “Not-so-Benedict – bacon, poached eggs, lemon Hollandaise and capers on Adam’s potato rosemary bread”. He was most impressed with the flavours and generous portion of sauce. So often the Hollandaise is a puny blob on the eggs. He asked for an extra slice of that tasty toast to mop up the excess, and declared the dish just perfect.
It was a cool and rainy morning, so he decided to finish off his meal with a hot chocolate. There is a choice of white or dark chocolate, and it comes in a glass with a crocheted cosy so you don’t burn your fingers. Very cool!
There are many tea and coffee options, and some very yummy-sounding shakes and cakes. And for those who need connectivity, there’s free wifi.
The atmosphere at Parc is chilled and happy, and we will definitely be back for a slow Saturday breakfast. All the breads served are from the Glenwood Bakery next door.”