Café Frank, the well-loved Bree Street purveyor of succulent roast chickens and delicious, unusual salads has taken their ‘Slow Food Fast’ philosophy to the new Urban
Square at Century City.
The shop is airy and light with double volume ceilings, oak tables and wooden floors. There is also plenty of outdoor seating for those who prefer a take-away. The way that it works is you select your main item, add any number of salads. You order and pay at the counter, and by the time you choose a seat, your food is served. Slow Food, Fast
Speaking with owner, Debbie, who trained at the Cordon Bleu school in London and cooked on super-yachts for years, has pretty much brunched her way around the western hemisphere, enthusiasm and passion for healthy food is obvious. There is no added sugar in any of the food and the sauces are flavoured with fresh herbs.
Cafe Frank opens at 7am and the breakfast menu ranges from fresh fruit, hand-made pastries and Bircher muesli to soft, creamy omelettes and scrambled eggs with a range of optional fillings and sides.
We tried their lunch menu, starting with a freshly squeezed pineapple, mint and apple juice, which ticked all the boxes; healthy, refreshing, fresh and delicious.
For food we chose a fresh green salad, chicken and mushroom and beef, tomato and aubergine pie in a light and crispy phyllo pastry. Everything was fresh, colourful and flavoursome.
The day’s selection from the kitchen changes daily and some of the freshly made favourites include Ras-el-hanout spiced chicken salad with chickpeas,nectarines and herbs, and seared salmon with a dill dressing.
Sandwiches start at R50 to around R90.
Desserts include a classic dark chocolate brownie, milk tarts, custard croissants and homemade French style fresh pastries - all priced from around R16.
The shop is licenced, and Debbie, has an enthusiasm for wine which shows through in her hand-picked selection, of quirky choices from small-batch vineyards across the Western Cape.
They source their quality ingredients from ethical suppliers, using free-range and organic produce where possible. Their packaging is biodegradable or compo-stable.
There is super-fast WiFi - which makes it a perfect venue for business meetings.
Cafe Frank is open seven days a week until 6pm and everything on the lunch menu is available to take home for a quick and wholesome dinner.
Cafe Frank’s Century City shop is located at The Apex, 1 Energy Lane, Century City
(opposite the new Century City Hotel and Conference Center)