Charmaine Lilje, owner of Constantia’s Chardonnay Deli, has opened a new spot in her suburb of Kalk Bay. The Dalebrook Café is based in the newly-renovated landmark building Dalebrook Place opposite the tidal pool of the same name.
“We wanted to reclaim that sense of place and history with the café, which is why we’ve left the beautiful original brickwork we discovered exposed and why we worked so hard with local craftsmen to build a space that has integrity from the woodwork up,” says Charmaine.
The menu showcases authentic and rustic food, made using seasonal ingredients. “I really believe that people are moving back to basics with a wish for simple, uncomplicated good food and good vibes,” says Charmaine. Items on the menu include an avocado smash breakfast served with salmon and poached eggs, a raw energy bowl, seafood risotto, grilled linefish and of course homemade pies and quiches along with a coffee menu fuelled by Uber Coffee.
The deli side of the business allows customers to stock up on artisanal breads and deli goods, with plans to introduce meals-to-go. “We want people to know they can pop in and stock up on homemade, quality basics and some spoils too”, says Charmaine, whose business is already a favourite with locals and out-of-towners alike.
The café conveniently contains a wall of lockers where people can leave their belongings before popping down to the tidal pool for a swim. “I think living in Kalk Bay and knowing the area has given me some insight into the mood of the place and with Dalebrook Café, we want to serve quality products and be as inclusive as we possibly can – we’re really happy for people to come in barefoot from the beach.”
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