Olympia Café and Deli

Address: 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Telephone: 021 788 6396

- Mid-range

3.8

Cape Town's king of the café scene is a buzzing spot with a moreish menu.

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'.

Food and drink
4.1
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Service
3.6
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Food and drink
4.1
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Value for money
3.9
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Ambience
4
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Location
4.2
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Food and drink

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).

Recommended dishes

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

Generally efficient, often stretched and occasionally not up to scratch. But that's how it is.

Location

Kalk Bay.

Price advice

Main courses are, on average, 110 rand.

Branches

The deli and bakery are situated around the corner - stock up on breads, pastries, deli offerings and the like.

Recommended for

  • Foodies
  • People watching
  • No fuss

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