South Africa, Cape City, December 2018; A brand new informal espresso and eating hang-out has opened reverse the enduring Dalebrook tidal pool in Kalk Bay and already it’s a stalwart.
The Kalk Bay group is known for its arty residents, its quirky companies, timehonoured consuming and eating locations and naturally its historic tidal swimming pools that see swimmers younger and outdated take their each day dips each day in summer season – some in winter too. Newly opened Dalebrook Café, located immediately reverse Dalebrook tidal pool within the landmark constructing Dalebrook Place, appears to be like set to turn into a Kalk Bay stalwart, due to the cautious renovation of the heritage house and an on pointe, right-for-the-times menu by proprietor Charmaine Lilje of Chardonnay Deli fame.
The seaside sibling of Constantia-based Chardonnay Deli pays homage to its historic roots – the constructing is over 120 years outdated and has nearly all the time been residence to each companies at avenue stage and residences above.
“We needed to reclaim that sense of place and historical past with the café, which is why we’ve left the attractive authentic brickwork we found uncovered and why we labored so arduous with native craftsmen to construct an area that has integrity from the woodwork up”, explains Charmaine, herself a Kalk Bay
resident who earlier than beginning her personal catering firm and later opening the favored Chardonnay Deli, lower her culinary enamel working on the legendary Olympia Café simply down the highway, adopted by a stint at La Colombe restaurant underneath then-chef Franck Dangereaux.
Charmaine has a ardour for genuine, seasonal meals, usually with a country contact and that is particularly evident in her menu growth for Dalebrook Café. “I actually imagine that individuals are transferring again to fundamentals with a want for easy, uncomplicated good meals and good vibes”, she says – and judging by the hum of ‘good day’s’ throughout the café as folks greet one another and the thrill of individuals as they tuck into hearty breakfasts and healthful lunches, she’s definitely hit the mark.
As with Chardonnay Deli, the deli facet of the enterprise is simply as essential because the breakfast and lunchtime commerce and prospects can fill up on just-baked artisinal breads in addition to scrumptious deli items, and in time – meals to go.
“We wish folks to know they’ll pop in and fill up on selfmade, high quality fundamentals and a few spoils too”, says Charmaine, whose enterprise is already a favorite with locals and out-of-towners alike. “I believe residing in Kalk Bay and figuring out the world has given me some perception into the temper of the place and with Dalebrook Café, we need to serve high quality merchandise and be as inclusive as we probably can – we’re actually pleased for folks to come back in barefoot from the seaside”, she laughs
Signatures on the menu embody:
Breakfast: Avo smash with smoked salmon, poached egg and sourdough rye.
Lunch: Fish and chips, flat breads or falafel bowl.
It appears Charmaine’s quest to create an genuine eatery is certainly what folks have been ready for. Dalebrook Café is already an all-day pop in espresso spot in addition to a linger longer lunch vacation spot. Early morning swimmers know they’ll seize among the best coffees and pastries within the ‘hood earlier than or after their swim, whereas cyclists who used to zoom previous the constructing are placing in further kilometers to allow them to justify the scrumptious calorific consumption at Dalebrook Café a little bit later.
A stunning contact for locals and regulars alike is the wall of lockers the place folks can go away their keys and telephones earlier than popping to the pool for a dip – simply one other element that emphasises simply how tapped into what folks need from a neighborhood Charmaine actually is.
With the summer season season nearly in full swing, there’s little question Dalebrook Café shall be doing a roaring commerce however it’s the concentrate on authenticity that little question will see it turn into a Kalk Bay outdated trustworthy in years to come back.
Dalebrook Café opens for breakfast and lunch each day from 6.30am in Summer season – 6pm and 7am in Winter – 6pm.
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Dalebrook Café is located at 20 Foremost Highway, Kalk Bay, Cape City.