Stunning view for morning tradition
Restaurant: Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden Address: Rhodes Memorial, 19 Rhodes Avenue, Newlands Contact Number: 021 687 00 00 Hours: Breakfast 9am to 11.30am (last order 11.15am) Lunch 12pm to 5pm (last order 4.30pm) All-day options 9am to 5pm Dish eaten: English Breakfast Price: R60 TUCKED away behind Rhodes Memorial is the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden. The setting, with a spectacular view of the city, provides a fitting place for an English breakfast – in an English-style tea garden.
Speciality teas include Earl Grey, chamomile, lime and orange, Italian almond, peppermint, English toffee and peppermint, and cinnamon as well as the standard Ceylon and rooibos teas. They also offer Lavazza Italian premium coffee for caffeine-seekers, and Cape Dutch Hot Chocolate for chocoholics. For those wishing to try something new, you could also try their rooibos, or “red”, cappuccinos or lattes laced with honey.
And if that isn’t enough choice, you could try something cold in the form of fresh fruit juices, smoothies, milkshakes or even cocktails.
The English breakfast itself includes eggs (poached, scrambled or fried), a generous helping of bacon, two beef bangers, tomato, mushrooms and brown or white toast, with butter and apricot and strawberry jams. If you don’t want the whole hog, there is a smaller “on the run” option for R45. Or there’s the option of Eggs Benedict with gypsy ham, creamed spinach, mushrooms or salmon.
You can also opt for freshly baked scones with jam and cream or cheese, croissants, health muffins or sandwiches. All breads, pastries and cakes are baked on-site every day.
For lunch you can opt for salads, platters like the Kaapse Platter (vegetable samoosas, snoek pate, pickled fish, smoked mackerel, smoked Franschhoek trout terrine, chutney and apricot jam), or Cape specialities like Cape Malay curry, ostrich bobotie, venison poitjie or bredie of the day. And then there’s the classic English afternoon tea option. Laze in the sun with your choice of tea and one, or more if you wish, of the delicious freshly baked cakes – lemon meringue, apple crumble, milk tart, chocolate brownies, brandy pudding, carrot cake, cream caramel, Rhodes chocolate cake or cheesecake.
You really are spoilt for choice, if you can tear yourself away from the view. It is worth trying the food if you have the time. The food is good, portions are generous, service is quick and the waiters are more than happy to help with any extra requests.
WHAT A VIEW: The Rhodes Memorial Restaurant is the perfect setting for a traditional English breakfast.