The Café on the Cnr

Cnr Café Bistro + Deli is a popular hangout for locals in Craighall. While the sidewalk seating on the outside has a view of the road and parking lot this is compensated for by the light and openness in contrast to the indoor section.

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The restaurant is decorated with dark grey paint, concrete floors, tables with plain white cloths and black outdoor chairs. I found the space to be dark, disjointed due to the oddly situated pillars and empty because of the large open space at the front of the restaurant.

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There is a small bar area, a baked goods/dessert table and a wooden shelf containing sundry food items available for purchase. Interestingly designed faux buck heads decorating a large wall, a mosaiced pizza oven and blue scooter feel out of place and lost in the vast space of the restaurant.

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The customers frequenting here seem to mainly be families, it isn’t really a trendy spot for friends to meet or a romantic date night place. Whilst this is an owner run restaurant it didn’t really feel like one to me.

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I ordered the berry fruit smoothie for R31. Hands down it was the worst “smoothie” I have ever had. It resembled a strawberry juice and tasted sour, watered down and flavourless.

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For mains (ordered from the specials menu) the chicken breast served with chips and a zucchini salad was a decent portion presented beautifully. The chicken was tender, served as two pieces and prepared in a delicious sauce. I didn’t see the purpose of the mayo drizzled on top as I was not eating a burger and it ruined the dish for me. The zucchini salad was light and refreshing and the chips extremely oily and not cooked properly.

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The chicken prego and chips for R74 has a chicken breast rubbed with sun-dried tomato pesto, lettuce, tomato and Dijon butter served with a weird tasting peri peri sauce. This was an average dish where the chicken was dry, a weird dark brown colour and pummeled to a thin piece that didn’t taste like chicken. When ordering a prego I expect a decent piece of meat with good toppings which unfortunately wasn’t the case.

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We chose the chocolate cheese cake combo for dessert which has chocolate mousse on the top and cheese cake at the bottom. It was delicious but very sweet and needed a thicker biscuit base. Even though the portion was smaller than that served by most restaurants the piece was sufficient for two people.

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The small menu selection includes options of sarmies, salads, pastas and pizzas. While many of the ingredient combinations are unique they don’t particularly appeal to me. Prices are decent; expect to pay R75 on average for a main meal. They also have a wide variety of breakfast options but I can’t expect the restaurant to be anything but cold and gloomy as a breakfast spot.

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I don’t plan on going back unless I feel like using an Entertainer voucher (buy one meal get one free) for a quick dinner if I am in the area. There isn’t anything special in respect of food, service or ambience wise to warrant a trip here.

Click: http://www.cnrcafe.co.za/
Ring: 011 880 2244
Hop: Corner Buckingham & Rothesay Avenue, Craighall

Corners & Cafes,
CG

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