The great Ernest Hemingway himself said “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one becomes a master.” But once you’ve visited Cafe Hemingway’s you’ll realise that certain things in life can be mastered – like the soft, yet crunchy, light yet tasty deserts and pastries on this Joburg north’s menu.
Nestled in Kyalami Down Shopping Centre, Cafe Hemingway’s has both an inviting and quaint atmosphere. Beautiful airy curtains shelter patrons from the hustle and bustle of the centre without blocking the lovely breeze.
Perhaps the toughest parts of our Sunday lunch at Cafe Hemingway’s was deciding what to eat. The menu has a great selection for you to choose from. On our table, the Sally Phelps starter (consisting of crispy tofu and Shaun’s artisan Asian dipping sauce at R85) was quite popular. For mains, we enjoyed a variety of salads and fish. Both the Liz Gilbert salad (Cobb Salad. Ham, crispy bacon, egg, blue cheese, tomato & mixed greens served with a piquant blue cheese dressing at R98) and the Gus Orviston (Asian glazed Kingklip, accompanied by grilled calamari, served with fresh summer greens, asparagus spears, radishes & topped with sesame seeds & a fresh citrus dressing at R145) received good reviews.
While the food at Cafe Hemingway’s is decent, you really want to make sure you leave enough space for desert. From panna cotta to sorbet, creme brule to lava cake, there are plenty of classics to choose from. Why not give each of them a try? After all, it is really with the pastries and deserts where Cafe Hemingway comes into its own.
In fact, we’d recommend skipping the food and heading straight for desert. Or better yet, enjoy one of their high teas. Their selection of premium speciality teas is really impressive.
A little known fact about the cafe is that it has just recently declared itself dog friendly and rumour has it that patrons can expect a doggie menu to compliment the primary menu soon…
Go on Wednesday, Thursdays or Fridays for dinner or enjoy their breakfast or lunch every day of the week.
By Liz van Zyl
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