Cafe Paradiso | Cape Town

Last week I received an invitation to visit one of the restaurants in the Madame Zingara Group - we were fairly spoilt for choice, with our final decision coming down to Bombay Bicycle Club and Cafe Paradiso. As the weekend looked sunny, we decided on a leisurely brunch at the Cafe - and what a spectacular choice it was.

We arrived on Sunday morning, on a real stunner of a day - one of those glorious Cape winters' days that makes the soul sing  - and sat on of of the balconies facing the front of the restaurant. A large, converted house, Cafe Paradiso is warm, eclectic and welcoming. With the outside area already fully booked - it is an obvious favourite with locals - under Table Mountain, surrounded by trees and a water feature, it was heaven on a Sunday.

I ordered a cappuccino (a change from my usual latte) with the lovely man starting with an espresso. I then took a little wander around the maze of rooms - finding another outside seating area at the back on my adventures. When I returned to our table, I was greeted by a fairly perfect cappuccino - I don't normally order them as they're too strong for my liking - but this was the perfect balance of caffeine and milkiness.

It was then on to food - there were only two real choices in my mind - the Eggs Benedict, with bacon and spinach on a toasted croissant, or the mushrooms on toast. As the lovely man ordered the former, my decision was made for me. My plate arrived - a tall mound of creamy black and button mushrooms, topped with herbed goat's cheese and served with toasted Turkish bread. At least 250g of mushrooms, I couldn't finish them - the excess made a delicious addition to Luke's Eggs Benedict. It was tasty, generous and well thought - thank you for not putting the mushrooms on the bread and making it soggy.

Luke's Benedict was fantastic - perfectly poached eggs, with a generous portion of bacon and not-overcooked spinach - both meals delivered, especially as neither was over R65.

We enjoyed the scenery and the beauty of the day a little while longer, before leaving this oasis. Sadly, we had no space for their 'best living lemon meringue' - but perhaps that's incentive to return sooner?

Note : We enjoyed our meal as guests of Madame Zingara. All images and views are my own.


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