Em­pire state of mind is cool and tasty

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Café: Em­pire Café Ad­dress: 11 York Road, Muizen­berg Con­tact: 021 788 1250 Hours: Mon­days, Tues­days, Thurs­days to Satur­days, 7am to 4pm. Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days, 8am to 4pm. Wed­nes­days 7am to 9pm. Dish eaten: Toasted crois­sant with ba­con, cheese and tomato (comes with cap­puc­cino) Price: R50

JAN CRONJE

MUIZEN­BERG’S Em­pire Café is a friendly and re­laxed restau­rant near Surfers Cor­ner. It serves hearty break­fasts of com­bi­na­tions of eggs, sausages, ba­con and mush­rooms on toast or toasted crois­sants.

The dou­ble-storey eatery, near the rail­way line close to the sta­tion, is a light and airy place with a dozen ta­bles and seats along­side its large win­dows which af­ford good views of the surf. Break­fast is served from 7am to noon. Early on a week­day morn­ing, the cafe was half full of 30-some­things, some nurs­ing cof­fees while us­ing wi-fi, oth­ers chat­ting in groups over break­fast. I or­dered a Frog and Cap­puc­cino. The Frog is a toasted crois­sant with ba­con, melted cheese and tomato, gar­nished with sliv­ered spring onions.

It’s hard to go wrong with th­ese in­gre­di­ents, and the dish hits all the right notes.

Hav­ing eaten two-thirds of the large crois­sant, how­ever, I was sur­prised to un­cover a bed of rocket peep­ing out from un­der­neath, as if left there by mis­take.

The cof­fee is very good. Smooth and medium-bod­ied, you could eas­ily call for two cups while sit­ting up­stairs watch­ing the surf or read­ing the Sun­day pa­pers.

While en­joy­ing break­fast, a stream of cus­tomers popped in for take-away cof­fees, jok­ing with the staff with the easy fa­mil­iar­ity of Muizen­berg lo­cals.

For those who want some­thing healthier than eggs and ba­con, there is muesli, fruit salad, yo­ghurt and honey.

Be­tween 7am and 9am, there are break­fast spe­cials.

This means you get two eggs, two rash­ers of ba­con, and ei­ther mush­rooms or spinach pota­toes on toast, with fil­ter cof­fee for R35.

The café also serves lunch, but is only open in the evenings on Wed­nes­days for burger night. Oth­er­wise, it shuts at 4pm.

The bak­ery pre­pares crois­sants, pain au cho­co­lat, breads and other goods daily.

jan.cronje@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: IAN LANDS­BERG

RE­LAXED: Pa­trons en­joy the ca­sual am­bi­ence at Em­pire Cafe in Muizen­berg, which is known for its break­fasts, burg­ers, sand­wiches and cof­fee.

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