Long the domain of languid New Yorkers, the institution of brunch has steadily crept its way into Cape Town’s consciousness and accompanying menus, allowing those of us in the Southern Hemisphere to enjoy the time-honoured tradition of the lavish late-riser. But what exactly makes for an excellent brunch offering? Three things you’ll want to consider:
The menu: Unlike the All-Day Breakfast, a brunch menu meets both the need for killer eggs Benedict and a buttermilk-fried piece of chicken. Really, it should combine the best of breakfast and lunch in one long, ‘yes I’ll take some extra fries’ order.
The booze: Move over coffee. Your ideal brunch spot should make a mean Bloody Mary and sport a list of bubbly cocktails to follow. Throw in some craft beer and gin for good measure.
The setting: Brunch is not a hurried affair. Indeed, the idea is to settle in and while away the hours between 10 and 2 in comfort, so your venue needs to feel relaxed and welcoming if you’re going to be in it for the long haul. Some soft jazz also never goes amiss.
With that in mind, here’s where to head for your next fix of breakfast-come-lunch.