Before I actually sat down to eat at the newly-opened ‘Tribeca Bakery’ in Bergvliet, I was very sceptical. For only one reason – how can you call yourself a bakery when, well… you’re not. The extent of Tribeca’s bakery is minimal and disappointing to an avid bakery fanatic. Yet, the restaurant redeemed itself with a full, unique menu and delicious food.

On entering the warm cafe you’re greeted with the chatter of a huge variety of people – small kids wander around, mom’s gather, teenage girls discover ‘Coffee dates’ and surprisingly some burly bikers seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their slices of cake and jovial natter.

What amused me most was the “live entertainment”. A couple of cute kids had figured out the benefits of the open plan kitchen and were enthusiastically watching a Capsicum chef craft and create cakes and pastries at the counter. Admittedly, I would’ve been quite happy to watch too -except all the seats were taken!

 

The sophisticated menu boasted interesting meals that combined tangy tastes with a homemade feel. My Mushroom flatbread was perfectly seasoned and I have it on good authority that their homemade burgers were absolutely delicious. Other lovely meal options included ‘The Business Meeting basket’ for two or four compromised of muffins, croissants, Danishes, brownies and doughnuts; Gourmet Sandwiches like the ‘Summer Sensation’ – Avocado, tomato, Mozzarella, basil and some more weighted lunch options like  ‘Wasabi, Honey and Soy glazed Duck Breast’ and ‘Poached Red Wine Pears’ – are all very enticing and international. A Bruschetta platter looked incredible coming with four different types of bruschetta including rocket, Biltong and Olive Tapenade and Prawn and Lemon Zest. The list goes on with flatbreads, a cheese platter, gourmet salads like Balsamic Peaches and Greens and a large selection of full lunches and burgers gracing its pages.

Not only will they serve amazing coffees like an ‘Extreme Toffee cappucino’ – served in the largest cappuccino cup I’ve ever seen (My new favourite) but they have a full Wine list; Cocktails and creative milkshake flavours.

So besides the small bakery section housing only a couple cupcakes, croissants, a tart or two and some loaves of bread, Tribeca is a lovely restaurant and I’ll definitely be returning and soon! Although, I wouldn’t suggest the takeaway vegetarian pie – it was a bit salty and way too cheesy. Otherwise it’s a lovely restaurant offering exclusive food and warmth with an added extra or two that all ages and stereotypes would enjoy.

Robyn Smith (@robynleasmith)

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