He stumbled upon Viva Cafe (situated behind the Tafelberg Furnishers in Green Point) a few weeks back and had been raving about it non-stop since.
So last weekend I was like, right, show me this place. I’m hungry & ready to be blown away… #nopressure
It’s a little bit hidden. Basically there’s a whole business complex behind Tafelberg which I had no idea was even there. You have to walk in a little and then take the stairs up to the level above the parking to see it. But to help you out, you’ll be looking for this:
I instantly loved the look & feel of the place. It’s fun and quirky with a bit of a warehouse feel. Lots of interesting things to catch your eye and a biiiig communal table for everyone to come together for the love of good food. There’s also a little outdoor area to soak up some rays during those freak winter days we Capetonians all look forward to…
The menu is broken down into: all day breakfast options (hell yeah!), some haute couture sandwiches and then some really creative sounding deconstructed salads & tapas.
They also have the option for you to build your own sandwich or your own salad, if you happen to be in more of a DYI mood.
On the drinks side, they serve: Deluxe Coffee, freshly squeezed juices, some craft beers and other regulars (that bar seemed pretty well stocked in fact).
To give you a more detailed idea of the menu, this is what we opted for:
- To share, the Risotto Truffles (R35) - crisp, white truffle infused risotto balls with Parmesan shavings.
- Then the boyfriend went for the Duck Stack breakfast (R40) which is a fried duck egg with bacon strips, haloumi & a tangy sweet chilli and ginger dressing.
- I went for the Dirty Mozart designer sandwich (R55) which is pulled pork, sauerkraut and caramelised granny smith apples with wholegrain mustard on rye bread.
- And Darryn went for the Karoo Lamb designer sandwich (R55) which is made up of lamb shoulder confit, crumbed feta, sun dried tomatoes, basil & chive pesto on ciabatta.
Then I just also had to share this photo Darryn took of his Tuna sashimi dish (R55) – marinated tuna sashimi with prawn toasties, sesame vinaigrette, pickled cucumber & radish shavings – which he had on his previous visit:
As you can see, they put A LOT of effort & attention to detail into their dishes. I wanted to be blown away, and I certainly was. The food is great. The service is friendly. The place is welcoming & laid back. And the prices are damn good. For all those reasons, I’m going to give Viva Cafe an all round Miss K Kiss-o-Meter rating of:
Do yourselves a favour and go pay them a visit. Their physical address is:
- Studio 30, Somerset Square, Highfield Road
They are usually open from 8am to 8pm Mon – Sat. Unless there’s some live music happening for example, in which case they stay open until the party’s over. And for more info, you can contact them on 021 418 2619 or email@example.com.
High 5 to Darryn for this awesome find.