Just watch­ing the world go by…

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOTORING -

Café: Se­quoia Cafe Ad­dress: 69 Burg Street Con­tact: 060 363 7998 Hours: Week­days 7am-4pm Dish eaten: Three-egg omelette with cheese and ham Price: R52

WENDYL MARTIN

NOT TOO shabby, hey Nige, for new kids. The un­pro­nounce­able Se­quoia nabbed a trendy cor­ner on Burg and Church street, which was pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by a pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion. And to boot, the break­fast and cof­fee is good.

My col­league and I took quiet cor­ner seat­ing, giv­ing a full view of the café and the street cor­ner out­side.

The break­fast menu is a short one but seems well ex­e­cuted. My omelette was served folded on a slice of crusty cia­batta, with thin, streaky ham piled on top. Another slice of cia­batta was on the side of the plate with a small side salad with cherry toma­toes, red onion, rocket and pesto dress­ing.

The bread had a good hint of salt, com­ple­ment­ing the largely savoury meal. On the other end of things, my veg­e­tar­ian col­league had a sweet treat for break­fast: blue­berry pan­cakes with but­ter and syrup (R45). She de­scribed the meal as de­li­cious. It came with a side of whipped cream and had more of a crum­pet tex­ture than a flat pan­cake.

Blue­ber­ries were sprin­kled over the dish but were also in the pan­cakes.

I had an Amer­i­cano (R16) with my break­fast while my col­league had Toni Glass tea from a silk tea bag. It’s a pity that the day af­ter we vis­ited they put up a board ad­ver­tis­ing free cof­fee with break­fast.

Open­ing in sum­mer is a good idea, but lo­ca­tion is cru­cial. The part of town they are in is more day trade, but they may suf­fer when nearby busi­nesses or gov­ern­ment of­fices close.

Hav­ing only opened last Thurs­day, we stum­bled in on a qui­eter morn­ing for them, with only a few tourists tuck­ing in.

The staff tell me the name is a ref­er­ence to a tree that grows in Cal­i­for­nia. The restau­rant has a fun look that works in nat­u­ral light flow­ing in through orig­i­nal floor to ceil­ing win­dows. They added eye­catch­ing, low-hang­ing spi­ral-fuse light­bulbs to the mix and they serve from a low is­land counter. Ser­vice was sharp. Al­though it’s on a busy pedes­trian cor­ner, it seems like a good spot to watch the world go by. Twit­ter:@WendylMartin wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: CANDICE CHAP­LIN

YUMMY: Se­quoia is a new kid on the city break­fast block.

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