De­spite small teething problems, sand­wich fans will love it

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SHEN WU TAN

The Melt Ad­dress: 233 Long Street, Cape Town 021 422 1603 Op­er­at­ing hours: Week­days from 7am to 6pm, Satur­days from 9am to 3pm. Dish eaten: The Break­fast (R60) un­pre­ten­tious cafe wel­comes cus­tomers with the smell of but­tery, toasted bread.

Its char­coal grey and white walls sur­round five wooden ta­bles, com­fort­ably seat­ing a max­i­mum of 10 cus­tomers at a time. In­die and pop mu­sic plays softly in the back­ground.

Cus­tomers can or­der from a se­lec­tion of 12 toasted sand­wiches such as The S’more and The Fig Blue and mix and match them with a va­ri­ety of iced or hot cof­fee, frappé and tea bev­er­ages.

I or­dered one of the seem­ingly more pop­u­lar toasties: The Break­fast (R60), a maple ba­con, fried egg, HP rel­ish and ched­dar cheese de­light stacked be­tween slices of sour­dough (or rye if you choose). I also or­dered a sat­is­fac­tory flat white (R18).

While the sand­wich was a de­li­cious, juicy com­bi­na­tion of fresh in­gre­di­ents with the sour­dough grilled to a per­fect level of crispi­ness, cus­tomers should not ex­pect im­me­di­ate grat­i­fi­ca­tion dur­ing meal rush hours. With only three staff mem­bers work­ing be­hind the counter, the cashier had to warn the line of cus­tomers reach­ing the door about a slight wait. I waited about 20 min­utes for my food.

Given the small space, half the cus­tomers was un­able to sit down in the cafe to en­joy their meal, took their food and drinks to go.

In ad­di­tion to the wait, the cafe also ran out of the in­gre­di­ents for The Break­fast sand­wich early in the af­ter­noon.

De­spite the wait and the sup­ply short­age, cus­tomers should give The Melt a fight­ing chance. Af­ter all, it has only been opened for a lit­tle over a week.

If you wish to sit and eat, be sure to ar­rive ei­ther be­fore or af­ter rush hours. And if you man­age to snag a ta­ble, this sand­wich cafe is a great spot to chat with a friend or get some work done.

The Melt, a toasted sand­wich café, opened at 233 Long Street last week.

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