Sim­ple spot for the hun­gry shop­per

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Café: The Robins Cof­fee Shop Ad­dress: Shop 17b Con­stan­tia Vil­lage, Spaan­schemat River Road, Con­stan­tia Con­tact: 021 794 5652 Hours: Week­days: 7am to 7pm, Satur­days: 8am to 5pm, Sun­days: 8am to 3pm Dish eaten: Bagel with cream cheese and salmon Price: R50


IT IS what it is: a sim­ple stop-over for the hun­gry shop­per, with not much am­bi­ence. Set in the heart of Con­stan­tia Vil­lage Cen­tre, right next to a su­per­mar­ket, is The Robins. It’s the sort of place your park your trol­ley nearby and stop for a quick cuppa.

And it of­fers a dose of Sky News on a plasma and flash­ing prop­erty ads.

I was hop­ing to dig into eggs Bene­dict (R65), but I was told they were out of Hol­landaise and none of the su­per­mar­kets in the mall had it ready-made. They don’t seem to have the big­gest op­er­a­tion. It seemed like three wait­ers and a cook, who I later saw run­ning out for an in­gre­di­ent.

I set­tled for a salmon bagel and my col­league had an omelette with cheese, ham and mush­rooms. It must have taken about half an hour for the food to ar­rive. My col­league man­aged to step away for an er­rand and re­turned to no food. In fair­ness, it was a pub­lic hol­i­day but I can’t imag­ine The Robins on a busy day. To bide the time, their hazel­nut mochac­ci­nos went down well as a sweet, frothy treat.

“Cream cheese!” I heard the cook ex­claim­ing as she ran out of the kitchen to­ward to su­per­mar­ket.

Even­tu­ally, our food ar­rived. My col­league de­scribed it as a “mean omelette”, and it was, in­deed, large. It came with three slices of tomato.

My dish was served with a good por­tion of chips and a side salad, all on a chop­ping board – not my favourite sur­face to eat off. The bagel was toasted and tasted as if it had been made from re­fined white flour. It had a good lath­er­ing of cream cheese and the salmon seemed fresh enough.

We tucked in while lis­ten­ing to a playlist that in­cluded Lionel Ritchie, Abba and Ge­orge Michael. For at­mos­phere, they do the best they can for a cen­tral mall cof­fee shop. I would dash for the leather booth bench against a wall. It gives you a good view of the news and the Con­stan­tians. Twit­ter:@WendylMartin


NO FRILLS: The Robins Cof­fee Shop, in Con­stan­tia Vil­lage Cen­tre, of­fers a range of cof­fees, sand­wiches and break­fast spe­cials.

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