So after Twigs and Beans, Darryn mentioned that we were close to this place called Starlings Cafe which people without fail raved about on Twitter every single Saturday, a place that CBD folk actually specially drove out to for their weekly fix.
This I couldn’t believe… No offence to the Southern Suburbs, but there’s some really amazing coffee spots in town, so for me personally, to embark on a bit of a drive, a place has to be quite special. With this in mind we thought, right, let’s see what all the fuss is about…
Google told us that Starlings Cafe was situated at 94 Belvedere Rd, Claremont. We drove up and down Belvedere Rd twice without spotting anything. I started to think Google got it wrong, but Darryn wasn’t ready to give up just yet. He suggested we park the car and do the road by foot. Good idea too, cause turns out, this unassuming front entrance is what I guess keeps Starlings Cafe a bit of a hidden gem:
We nervously entered, hoping that we weren’t intruding on some poor old couples home or something. I actually had thoughts of a little old lady hitting me over the head with her handbag all the way out again. But what did we find inside? I was blown away… Just check this out:
I was like, OK OK, I get it now… this place is quite awesome. Problem was we had just had breakfast and therefore didn’t really have space to try some food. We decided we’d at least sit down for a cuppa and share a piece of cake. All in the name of research of course.
On the breakfast menu however, you have options like the following: muesli, yoghurt & fruit (R48), “breakfast in a cup” with poached egg, chorizo, caramelised apple & soldiers (R50), herbed egg pancake with salmon (R68), avo on toast (R40), french toast (R55), a breakfast wrap (R63), cheese soufflé (R69) and then various types of egg, whether it florentine, poached or scrambled, on toast, off toast, with some pesto or ham, add some bacon or pork sausages, whatever your brekkie of choice really. It all sounded really good.
I also took a peek at their lunch menu. On there you have things like soup of the day, various tart options, risotto, thai chicken curry, intricate salad options, a grass fed beef hamburger and some deluxe sandwiches. Prices range from R49 to R75, which is pretty damn good in my book.
They say on the menu that they support local suppliers and use only the best quality ingredients. Origin coffee and yummy eggs from Spier are some examples and I really can’t wait to return there for the full dining experience.
Just a tip though: Call ahead and book a table. The place was packed when we got there and we were very very lucky to still get a small table inside.
Starlings is open Mon – Fri from 7am to 5pm, Sat from 7am to 4pm and Sun from 8am to 12:30. Give them a call on 021 671 6875 or drop them a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A follow up report to come (hopefully) very soon.