Behind Keywest Dam in Krugersdorp North hides a gem of a café situated in a historical house, viewed by the City of Mogale as a local landmark. For the past three years, many patrons have stepped between mangroves and into the sanctuary known as Beginnings Café.
It’s as if a wave of tranquillity crashes at your feet as you sit down in the garden that once housed statesmen during the previous century. Beginnings has become known as the go-to place to grab a delicious breakfast, enjoy a high tea with friends or throw back a sundowner with work mates after a long day. The eatery’s menu sings like Edith Piaf and the plating of the food is as quirky and cute as Zooey Deschanel circa 2008. In recent times, the restaurant has grown in popularity thanks to brides-to-be and has hosted an ample amount of kitchen teas.
The breakfast choices vary from egg and cream cheese wraps with salad, to my personal favourite, the Beginnings Breakfast, which is scrambled eggs served in a phyllo pastry cup with two hash browns and a slice of homemade bread, toasted. Another fan favourite is the bacon, avocado and cream cheese bread basket, served with a watercress salad. The key elements that form the basis of Beginnings’ menu is their dedication to healthy eating and sustainability – the latter being partly supplied by the café’s own fruit and vegetable garden… nice!
According to Krugersdorp-based photographer, Bianca van Heerden, who frequents the café and knows somewhat of the town’s history, the house itself was built in the late 1800s. What sets Beginnings apart is not the fact that it is set in an old, dilapidated house with wooden floors and European plafond nor its beautiful garden but, its milkshake menu. This establishment boasts a Beginnings exclusive in the form of a pink Turkish delight milkshake handcrafted for you to enjoy during the summer months.
Above and beyond the food and drink, Beginnings also bakes wedding and birthday cakes. From Disney-themed to vintage-looking creations, the kitchen staff at Beginnings are on-par with that of more popular venues of the same nature set in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
By Shawn Greyling