RHUBARB AND LIME IN PARK LANE, CENTRAL
THIS stylish cafe with the mouth-watering name was our next port of call. It is run by a delightful young go-getter of an owner – former Alexander Road High schoolgirl Bergen Gill. It opened in September and has a very relaxed atmosphere. The unlimited free wifi and all-day breakfasts are definite pluses.
The coffee: The cappuccinos (R16.50) were good but had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Bergen buys from Truth roastery in Cape Town and grinds the beans to order.
The food: Salvelio was thrilled with "The Majestic", a home-made beef burger with rocket, tomato, battered onion ring, grilled pineapple and garlic mayo (R53). It was handsomely plated on a wooden board and had a serving of rustic chips in an enamel cup on the side. The burger was a hit but the lime mayo that came with the chips was too acidic, especially as there was pineapple on the burger. I had the smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo and rocket on toasted ciabatta (R48). It wasn't listed on the menu but the ripe slices of creamy brie crammed into it added a delicious decadent touch.
The sweets:We shared a generous slice of chocolate cake but at R25 still found it overpriced, mainly because it had a bit of a home-industry vibe going. I know it's cake we're dealing with here, but it was far too sweet for our taste – you couldn't taste anything else.
Service and timing: Service was very attentive and friendly. It was good to see the owner so hands-on and making a point of calling at each table. We easily made our one-hour time limit – good news for the many businesses in and around Park Drive.
The damage: The bill came to R185, excluding a tip but including a muesli bar (R10) for later nibbling. It was another sweet shock to the system.