Breakfasts to leave home for

The Mercury, Food and Wine
Debbie Reynolds

A snap survey on Facebook to find out where to get ‘the best breakfast in town’ dished up a number of restaurants and cafes, from the north and south coasts to inland. Debbie Reynolds picked out the top six as ‘voted’ by her Facebook friends – which doesn’t mean there aren’t others which deserve mention as there were at least 20 nominations.”

“There’s good reason parc. notched up several accolades last year – Top 10 Café Society Coffee Award, EatOut Top 500 restaurants in SA (Durban café) and Best Breakfast in Durban by Wanted Magazine.

This Glenwood gem is everything a good café should be, from its daily specials using locally sourced artisanal produce to its friendly professional service. Tables spill on to the pavement and on balmy Durban days, soaking up the sun is bliss. Plus, on most mornings, you get the added bonus of the aroma of freshly-baked bread coming from Glenwood Bakery next door, which, of course, is where parc.’s home-made breads are sourced.

The parc. menu is seasonal, but breakfast favourites are standard. Worthy of particular mention are the Not-so-Benedict (bacon, poached eggs, lemon hollandaise and capers on potato and rosemary bread). Toasted scone, mushroom, bacon and poached eggs with roast red peppers and wholegrain mustard cream and, my personal favourite, corn and zucchini cakes, poached eggs, coriander, haloumi, olives, tomato and vanilla relish. The coffee is definitely worth lingering over.

Breakfasts to leave home for

Eat out @ Parc Durban

Food & Home Magazine
Tracey Gielink

Here we have a down-to-earth cafe experience with a deceptively simple menu.  Expect locally sourced artisanal produce, with breads from neighbouring Glenwood Bakery and distinctive coffee from the nearby Colombo Tea and Coffee Co.  Breakfast, blissfully, is served all day.  The Not-so-Benedict sees potato and rosemary bread topped with bacon, poached eggs, lemon hollandaise and capers, or order the green asparagus, poached eggs, rocket, parmesan, brown butter vinaigrette, truffle oil and flaked almonds served on toast.  Lunch options run the gauntlet from soup to tart of the day to salads and uber sandwiches – think pulled pork, tomato, tzatziki, home-made pickles, radish, peaches and lettuce.

We visit Parc Cafe in Durban

The Pretty Blog interviews Parc Cafe:

How it all started

Parc has been a work in progress for about 10 years, I am a chef by trade and it is always been a dream of ours to open our own space. After working for 10 years in the restaurant industry, Lara and I grew tired of being able to get the same offerings wherever we went, we also wanted to show that Durban has an awesome creative current running through it which is often over looked by the rest of the country. We had a vision of forming a creative space where the creative community could meet and share, almost like the cafes in Paris in the 18th and 19th Century.

Top 10 Durban Restaurants and Cafes

TravelstartBlog blogged about Parc.

Nestled in the heart of Glenwood – Durban’s vibrant varsity suburb, Parc Cafe offers a laidback dining experience that captures the essence of eThekwhini culture. Menu’s written in chalk on the walls, indoor and sidewalk seating and friendly service create a comfy and casual sanctuary in the city. Expect fuss-free muesli’s, salads, sandwiches and quiches in a colourful setting.

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Sensational open sarmies

House and Leisure Magazine
Leisure Spotlight

A cool new place to eat in Durban’s Glenwood is Parc Cafe, run by chef Brett Gentles (ex 9th Avenue Bistro) and his sister, Lara. Using fresh-baked bread from the artisanal bakery next door, it serves sensational open sarmies. Other fare has equal flare, with breakfast specials such as banana bread French toast with fresh banana cashews and honey, and a lunch menu stretching from salads to watermelon and cocunut gazpacho with ginger and chocolate.

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Coffee-coza

Sunday Times, 18 August 2013
Shelley Seid

We, the denizens of Durban, like nothing better than taking it easy, so I was attracted to Parc, the new cafe in Glenwood that everyone is talking about. It’s seriously popular so I had to wait a while for a table. The crowd was as laid back as the venue, and I spent time nodding and smiling and reading the wall – a giant blackboard that sports the menu.

I eventually parked off with a great cappuccino, aromatic with a dense crema, a classic espresso blend from Colombo Coffee. That Colombo is just a couple of street away is no coincidence, because at parc., local is lekker – breads and croissants from the Glenwood artisan bakery next door, cakes from the famous Lucy Markewicz, meat from the butcher around the corner.

It takes a stronger will than mine to resist ordering a little something to join a second cappy. I’ve always preferred breakfasts in the afternoon, something Parc seems to understand, so I could indulge in a Not-so-Benedict – bacon, poached eggs, lemon hollandaise and capers on potato and rosemary bread. The Wi-Fi is strong but choose a weekday if you feel like a surf – Saturday’s the day to beat the crowds to the best brunch in Durban.

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parc. off

Noodle was here blogged about parc.

So take the ex-sous chef from 9th Avenue Bistro and put him in Glenwood next to an artisanal bakery and the result is what perfect saturday mornings are made of.
The menu is tasty and seasonal and from-scratch loveliness. I love the Not-So-Benedict (always get an extra slice of toast) and Mr T swears by the warm Sweet Potato & Ginger Chicken Salad.

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Parcing off

The Sunday Tribune, Sunday Magazine, 9 June 2013
by Ingrid Shevlin

“Something different is the newly opened Parc Cafe in Glenwood, next door to the Glenwood artisanal bakery. According to its website, it aims to “offer a social, casual dining experience that captures the essence of Durban culture”.

They proudly serve Colombo coffee, bread from the Glenwood Bakery and Lucy’s cakes (Lucy being cake boss Lucy Markewicz).

Parc Cafe is an attractive venue with a contemporary feel that still manages to be homely. The vibe is warm and our waitress, Zora, was superb. There are tables indoors and on the pavement. Parc is owned by Brett Gentles (the chef) and his sister Lara. Brett is Christina Martin-trained and his extensive work experience includes a stint as sous chef at 9th Avenue Bistro.

My friend Meleney and I were there for lunch one Monday and found Parc surprisingly packed and buzzy – for a new restaurant and a Monday, that is.

The menu is chalked on a board on the wall and because they serve food in unusual combinations, and I didn’t want to get anything wrong, I painstakingly copied it down in my trusty notebook, only to find it is on the website (www.parc-cafe.co.za). But, if I compared my notebook with the website menu, it’s clear Brett tweaks his options.

Meleney was a little dubious about some food combos but we were pleasantly surprised. Parc has about nine breakfast items, the most interesting being banana bread French toast with fresh banana, cashews and honey; pork sausage, eggs, mixed greens, apple chilli chutney, toast and onion pickle; and Eggs Benedict (bacon, poached eggs, lemon hollandaise and capers on Adam’s potato and Rosemary bread).

Salad options include roast beetroot, radish, green apple, lettuce, avocado and lentils with goat’s cheese vinaigrette; and grilled aubergine, baby spinach, cucumber, roast butternut, fresh grapes, mint, coriander, basil and toasted seeds with cumin and yoghurt dressing. Phew.

There are two soup options, the weirdest of which is a wintermelon and coconut gazpacho with ginger and chocolate. And there are three open sandwich choices. I wont’ share the ingredients but you know by now that Brett believes the more, the better.

We decided to order three items and share: Sweet potato cake topped with poached eggs and served with tomato relish, brown mushrooms, rocket, crème fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds; sweet potato and gingered chicken salad with rocket and coriander, drizzled with a soy-chilli dressing; and quiche with a sautéed kale, red onions and preserved lemon served with greens dressed with brown butter vinaigrette.

All of this was amazingly good, especially the quiche, which Meleney had originally scorned. For dessert we had croissant with lemon curd and fruit butter and one of Lucy’s meringue and hazelnut cakes served in a muffin case. Divine.

Prices are very reasonable, with major items ranging from R45 – R65. The bill came to a modest R210.”

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My favourite breakfast spot

Ask Ashe blogged about parc.

Next door to the bakery is Parc Cafe, which has officially become my favourite breakfast spot after I tried their bircher muesli. Rabbit food you might say, but my word, this was the most deliciously creamy muesli I have ever tasted, with freshly grated apple, pomegranate seeds, not-too-sweet honey and cinnamon in the exact right quantities – flip I need some of this again soon! The eggs benedict were impressive too and the lunch menu written up on the chalkboard walls included some pretty yummy sounding salads, sarmies and quiches so we’ll be back soon!

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