Best bacon sandwiches in Durban

Woody’s Brands
Food Blog

Bacon, no matter how it is served, is a winner: as a stand-alone accompaniment it becomes the highlight of the meal, and as a topping, it’s a team player that lifts all the other flavours. A case in point for the latter is, of course, the bacon sandwich. So it comes as no surprise then bacon sandwiches are standard additions to restaurant menus around South Africa, each with their own take on how to incorporate bacon between two pieces of bread. For our list, we travelled to Kwa-Zulu Natal to track down the Best Bacon Sandwiches in Durban.

 

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Meanwhile, over in Glenwood, there is Parc – an eatery that is a go-to brunch spot for many Durbanites and only uses locally sourced produce where possible. This cafe’s take on the bacon sandwich involves cheddar cheese, pickled onion, rocket, brown butter, fried banana, an of course, bacon! Sounds delicious, right?

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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 Cafe – Glenwood

Coffey and Cake blogged about parc.

Saturday morning, sushine, sidewalks and Parc Cafe. Parc Cafe is a Glenwood, sidewalk cafe and can be found in the Oslo Buildings, Shop 2a, 394 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, Durban. Menu’s written in chalk on the walls, friendly and speedy service, and space to sit inside or out on the sidewalk. This what makes a great cafe, in my opinion.

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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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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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parc. Cafe has opened its doors in Glenwood

Deelish Life ‘n’ Style Magazine
Discover

Durbanites have good reason to celebrate. parc. Cafe has opened its doors in Glenwood. This little culinary sanctuary has found the perfect home right next door to the Glenwood Bakery and just a few hundred meters away from Colombo Coffee, two of Durban’s foodie hot spots.

Chef patron, Brett Gentles, who honed his already sharp culinary skills whilst working with Graham Neilson of 9th Avenue Bistro, explains that the food at parc. is not bistro, it’s not cafe, it is just parc. He uses seasonal ingredients and supports local artisanal producers and when he says local, he means it. Brett is in the process of negotiating vegetable supply from a small farm which empowers local women; the bread at parc. is supplied by the Glenwood Bakery; the coffee is from Colombo Coffee in Umbilo Road and his cakes and pastries are made by his good friend and previous boss, Lucy Markewicz from Lucy’s cakes.

“We were tired of going out to eat and finding the same things on every menu” says Lara Gentles, Brett’s sister and business partner. So they have created a seasonal menu which offers something different. Try the stack of sweet potato cakes, tomato relish, brown mushroom, rocket, poached eggs, cremé fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds for breakfast.

As a light lunch option the Wintermelon and coconut gazpacho with ginger and chocolate is a fabulous combination of flavours. Sandwiches include the likes of Hummus, grilled aubergine, onion sprouts, watercress, goats cheese with preserved lemon and French roast garlic chicken, onion pickle, herb and garlic mayo with fresh tomato served on a choice of artisanal breads.

parc. is open for breakfast and lunch but Brett is already talking about hosting dinners which will make local foodies even happier.

 

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