Rcaffé has been for a long time a Long Street institution, serving coffee, health drinks, mouth watering breakfasts and lunch options to its diverse traffic since 2004, and even almost a decade later this coffee shop and eatery is still bang on trend and consistently improving its offering.
“We’re bringing the letter ‘R’ alive,” says owner Sharon Segall. The feel is bohemian and old school.
The décor is mostly hand made and was created from recycled materials. For example, the wooden slats against the wall were salvaged from crates.” On the wall are black ink-stamped words such as, ‘rewind’, ‘relax’, and ‘rhythm’. In a corner niche above an L-shaped couch is a sun made out of 50s squash rackets. On the far side of the restaurant, the wine-coloured walls play host to more R-letter objects; there’s a riding hat, a recorder, a Rabbit, old roller-blades postcard and different concepts, presented through divers objects, bring the R into light (Relationships, Round, Retro).
Coffee revolution. We resisted the temptation that economy challenges any business in that trade, and continue to use our own house blend of 100% Arabica beans which we have been using for the last 9 years. We got the recipe [for the blend] from a coffee roaster known as Arcaffé in Italy. Each coffee served is made with a double shot of espresso - is full-bodied, full flavoured and born from a blend of Ethiopian, Indian, and south american beans.
Along with the décor overhaul, the baking has also been refined. It has taken Sharon seven years to perfect the carrot cake recipe. And what a cake!!! The flavor, infused with spice, is exotic. Also on offer is double chocolate cup cake, flowerless red velvet cake and baked cheese cake. Another drawcard is the real butter croissants baked fresh every morning which will transfer you to Paris and back. Passers-by can get them hot out of the oven when Rcaffé opens its doors at 6:30 in the morning (one of the only places on Long Street to do so).
Breakfast at Rcaffe is served all day long. The breakfast menu is large and appetizing, from traditional fry-ups to more creative offerings, such as the scramble delight:delicious moist scrambled eggs on a seed loaf spread with s.d.tomato pesto, topped with avo slices and fresh rocket served with cream cheese and marinated cherry tomatoes and fresh basil or the Ricotta Omelette Sandwich: an omelette filled with herbs and ricotta cheese served in a herb ciabatta spread with pesto and filled with tomatoes, s.d tomatoes, fresh basil and rocket.
The main meals are just as varied. For the not-so-hungry there are sandwiches and wraps, and for those with a more substantial appetite there’s roasted lamb, Thai chicken curry, sirloin steak, and plenty more (check the daily specials board for the dish of the day). We’re also known for our meal-sized salads. Diners can choose between tempting options such as the L'entrecote Salad, which is rare roast beef salad with creamy avocado, or even the Gorgonzola Salad with caramelized pears and roasted almonds.
There’s fine wine to match this fine food too. The city centre café boasts an ever-changing list that incorporates some of the Cape’s best. Though, if wine isn’t your thing, try one of their cocktails—the Chi Chi, a blend of vodka, coconut and pineapple, looks delicious.
Whether you’re popping in for coffee and cake, or sitting down for a bang-up meal, the portions are extremely generous, so it’s a good place to come if you’re, you guessed it, feeling ravenous.
Tip: Rcaffé is available to hire for fully catered functions.
Bill: Reasonable prices and extremely good value for money.
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