This week: Brioche Food and Coffee
Join me on this caffeine journey where I will share some of my favourite coffee shops and coffee spots in Port Elizabeth (and sometimes elsewhere) because let’s be honest, everything gets better with coffee.
Take a Coffee Break in Port Elizabeth at Brioche Food and Coffee
From Main Road Walmer, it is almost impossible to miss Brioche with its striking red and white striped walls standing out with a bit of a French flair against vanilla-like walls elsewhere. More than often, only half the stripes are visible as the front and inside parking area are packed by those indulging in breakfast, cake, some lunch or those famous mosbolletjies.
Mosbolletjies – with its hint of aniseed (the heart of the taste)- is as South African as can be today but its origin can be tracked back to the French Huguenots; it is no wonder that Michelin-star chef, Jan Hendrik, says “The French locals love this South African bread, it is probably because of the similarity to Brioche which is to what Mosbolletjies owes a small part of its deliciousness.”
But back to Brioche.
The restaurant. Not the bread.
Set in an old house in Walmer with timeless wooden floors, a stoep, big windows reflecting a bit of nostalgia and the eclectic mix of old and new against the backdrop of contemporary art and heart-shaped pretzels hanging from the ceiling, Brioche opened its doors somewhere in 2012 and its been a firm favourite for locals ever since (and it is an even bigger favourite on Saturdays and Sundays).
The menu is extensive with more than 20 breakfast options, a separate menu for those who prefer something sugar free, wheat free and those who are carb-conscious and there is a lunch menu with just as many options; the vegetarian dishes are plenty while the vegan visitors can also grab a bite by just replacing or omitting a few ingredients. Coffee starts at R25 for an Americano (almond milk available at R10 extra), breakfasts are between R38 and R88 while lunch – anything from quiche to salads, stuffed butternuts, gratin, burgers, pizza, bunny chow, sandwiches and more – are between R50 and R107.
More than 50% of the greens used at Brioche are certified organics; the food is good, the bread is as airy and light as can be, the cake display will make you drool and there are also a few things to purchase for padkos, midnight snacks or gifts like Italian panforte, bottled jam (some of which are sugar free), Buchu and Victorian Rose Geranium cordials, Babylonstoren wines and biscuits and rusks.
It is a place where friends get together, where families connect, where birthdays are celebrated and where the entrepreneurs, freelancers and business peeps go for a quick slip away from the office.
Also, pssst, they have R10 coffee from 07:00 to 08:00. Go get caffeinated!
Want to visit? Brioche Food and Coffee Details
Coffee-meter: For my personal taste the Americano can be a bit stronger, next time I’ll go for a double shot (still love you Brioche…).
Address: 181 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 07:00 to 17:00, Saturday 07:00 to 15:00, Sunday 07:30 to 12:30.
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