It’s time for brunch. Hooray! This is not a meal I often partake of so it feels like a real treat. Today we are headed for the historical Alphen Boutique Hotel in the leafy Southern Suburbs of Constantia to La Belle Bistro & Bakery.
The Alphen, nestled comfortably in the Constantia Valley, dates back to the 17th Century and has seen all manner of famous people through its doors, including Cecil John Rhodes, Lord Charles Somerset, Mark Twain and Captain Cook. Today it was us…heading for a girlie catch up and some tasty brunch.
First of all, La Belle Bistro has great disabled access – so a perfect venue for me and my broken ankle. There’s disabled parking right outside, it’s totally flat leading up to the restaurant’s terrace and there’s even little ramp in place to get you over the stairs and inside. As it was a beautiful autumn day we settled into the dappled sunlight on the terrace.
What’s on the menu
One of my favourite things about going out for brunch in Cape Town is the juice on offer. Somehow I just can’t get myself organised or motivated enough to get juicing at home so it’s certainly my first priority when I’m out. Today’s raw juice choices were a Red Beauty – beetroot, carrot, celery and cucumber and a Green Peace – celery, apple, cucumber and spinach. I’m an avid beetroot lover and could easily devour a Red Beauty every day. You can feel the health flooding through your body with every sip. You really can!
The brunch menu is small but perfectly formed – in that I would enjoy eating every dish on it. Good excuse to go back for more. There are cereal and sweet options but we all went savoury. I opted for smoked salmon toast. Toasted ciabata spread with horseradish and creme fraiche, topped with thinly sliced cucumber and radish and piled high with beautiful smoked salmon. And some extra avo on the side.
The soft scrambled eggs had delicate herbs and cream cheese folded through it and we ordered a helping of smoked salmon to go with it. Love the heart-shaped butter.
Classic Eggs Benedict came with a choice of crispy bacon or smoked salmon trout (we had the latter) and was served on a fresh English muffin and topped with a perfectly yellow hollandaise. Also we asked for an extra portion of the sweetest roast tomatoes on the side.
La Belle ticked every box – easily accessible, lovely food, good value, friendly service. Consequently, having never eaten there before I know there will be plenty return visits. And it’s open for lunch and dinner too. Though I am loving a bit of brunch.
Today’s price point
Brunch cost R260 each. As well as food this included two juices and five coffees (there were three of us).
There is also a branch overlooking the sea in Camps Bay.