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Freedom Cafe




Ceramic sausage dogs, a mirrored shipping container and some truly tasty cuisine makes for a quirky little restaurant.
There's nothing better than brunch with the girls on a Sunday morning, and where better to have it than a Foodie hotspot like Freedom Café in St Mary's Avenue, Greyville.



The man behind Freedom Café is Neil Roake, author of cookbooks such as Life's a Beach Cottage and Shiny Happy People, so stylish and delicious food is to be expected. It's a quirky little restaurant, tucked away down a side street and forming part of the Concierge Boutique Bungalows hotel.  Set in a bright red converted shipping container, mirrored walls inside give the illusion of space, and the outdoor tables are sheltered by an intricate network of trees.  The décor is quirky too, with an emphasis on ceramic sausage dogs.



The breakfast menu is limited, featuring only six items, but these are well chosen to cater to the discerning palate.  All of us opted for the Big Toasted English Muffin (R45) which was crammed full of bacon, poached eggs, roasted balsamic Rosa tomatoes and rocket, and the most delicious mushrooms on the side.

We tried in vain to resist the temptations of the pastry display, and ended up with a selection of heavenly tarts - a chocolate orange meringue tart, a lemon tart and a pear and almond tart (R20-R25) - which were all so good it was impossible to choose a favourite.



The coffees were equally good, and the service from our waitress Primrose was the best I've received in a long time - she was attentive without being obtrusive, and so pleasantly friendly that we ended up in fits of laughter as she waxed lyrically over one of the girls' engagement ring.



All in all it was a wonderful place to spend a morning, and at R90 for breakfast, juice, pastry and cappuccino, a surprisingly affordable one too.

More information can be found at www.tastefreedom.co.za



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