Olympia Café and Deli
134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
- Recommended for:
- Foodies, No fuss, People watching
Expert review of Olympia Café and Deli
If comfort food in authentic surrounds is your thing, you'll love Olympia. It's situated in the pretty fishing village of Kalk Bay, around 20 minutes from the city and, if you're a foodie, is worth the pilgrimage. As my local for a good five years I can recommend it wholeheartedly - but be warned it's grubby...though I like to think of it as 'delightfully down at heel'.
Robust café delights can be found on the daily blackboard menu. The food is seasonal with a fresh seafood slant and artisinal offerings too. The wine list has plenty of easy drinking options and a few well chosen heavy hitters, including the café's own label wine from the smallest vineyard in the city (in their backyard).
The breakfasts here range from their creamy 'strangled eggs' to the likes of spiced kidney and perhaps a plate of kippers, all depending on the chef's supplies and mood. Favourites of mine include their tomatoey linguine del mare, the garlicky cream-based mussels with their famous ciabatta, and fish is always a good bet. If the liver and lamb chops are on, don't hesitate.
It's busy, it's buzzing and it's teeming with locals and pilgrims alike. It is a greasy spoon with seaside style. There's always art for the sale on the wall, the waiters shout the odds at each other and, on weekends, you're likely to have to wait in a queue.
Generally efficient, often stretched and occasionally not up to scratch. But that's how it is.
Main courses are, on average, 110 rand.
The deli and bakery are situated around the corner - stock up on breads, pastries, deli offerings and the like.
More information on Olympia Café and Deli:
- Price guide:
- 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
- 021 788 6396
- Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 7am-9pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible