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

Breakfast Benedictions

The Independent on Sunday, 4 January 2014
Breakfast benedictions
Colleen Bruce

“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.”

Breakfast Benedictions

Best Breakfast Parc Cafe

Business Day Newspaper, Wanted Magazine writes:

Owned by siblings Brett and Lara Gentles, this Glenwood bistro focuses on artisanal product. Brett – formerly the chef at 9th Avenue Bistro – supports and showcases only the finest locally made produce on the menu. Try their popular No-so-Benedict — poached eggs, bacon, lemon hollandaise and capers served on neighbour Glenwood Bakery’s potato and rosemary bread.

best breakfast parc cafe


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.



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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