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New Breakfast & Lunch Menu 2017

Trading Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 08:00 – 14:00

Address: 217 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria


(served from 08:30 – 11:00)
Corn Waffle & Biltong – R80
Cream Cheese | Mushrooms | Rocket

Spicy Mince & Polenta – R80
Soft Baked Egg | Basil Pesto | Cheese

Breakfast Roti – R70
Scrambled Eggs | Bacon | Grilled Aubergine

Breakfast Couscous Salad – R70 (v)
Soft Poached Egg | Feta | Asparagus
Add Bacon or Chorizo – R25

Plain Old House Brekkie – R65
Two Fried Eggs | 2 Rashers Bacon | Baked Beans in Tomato Relish | Cheese | Toasted Ciabatta

Two Mediterranean Scones – R65
Filled with Feta, Sundried Tomatoes & Basil Pesto | Cream Cheese | Olive Tapenade
Add 4 Salami Slices – R25

Chef’s Homemade Muesli – R65
Peanut Butter & Coconut Milk | Yogurt

Lunch Menu

(served from 11:30 – 14:00)

Curry of the Week – R95 | R120
Please ask your waiter which is available:
Vegetarian Curry – R95
Meat Based Curry – R120

Grilled Haloumi Stack – R95
Lentils | Grilled Veggies | Basil Oil | Olive Tapenade
Add Smoked Chicken: R20

Smoked Chicken Salad – R95
Couscous | Dried Fruit | Curry Dressing

Beef Carpaccio Salad – R125
Cos Salad | Apricots | Passion Fruit Mayo | Bruschetta

Pulled Pork Hamburger – R95
Potato Wedges | Cabbage Salad

Chili Satay Pork Belly – R150
Couscous | Veggies

Beef Ribeye – R150
Chimichurri | Lentils | Veggies

Smoked Snoek – R120
Fennel & Courgette | Lemon Dressing

Chocolate Brownie – R60

Passion Fruit & Chocolate Pot au Cremé – R60

Taste Café Indian Mess – R50


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Gourmet Burger Sunday – 28 August

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I am a great lover of a decent hamburger and my previous Burger Sunday in April was a huge success. Based on that I have decided to repeat it again. We streamlined the menu a little bit, we had a chicken option which didn’t sell, but extended the toppings. We have a selection of three carriers (buns) for your Burger – the traditional seed bun or a more South African Vetkoek and a rustic Italian Ciabatta. All three perfect vehicles to carry a juicy 100% Pure Beef patty infused with the flavours of smoked paprika, parsley and fresh garlic or if beef isn’t your thing, choose our 100% Pure Pork patty infused with sage and fennel for a taste sensation.

And to add to your relaxation and dining experience, we have a great pop-up venue at 217 Soutpansberg Road in Rietondale in Pretoria. We proud ourselves that we have created a super relaxed environment and with great background jazz music it can just be a fun day out. As we are a Pop-up Restaurant, books are ESSENTIAL on 083 730 8344.

The Menu:

Choose your Starter – R45
Tempura Onion Rings with Chimichurri
Refried Beans & Chorizo

Choose your Burger Main – All R95
• All served with Baked Potatoes & Bean Salad
• Choice of Buns: Italian Ciabatta Bun or Traditional Vetkoek Bun or Seed Bun
• Choice of 150g Beef or 150g Pork Patty

• Pickled Beetroot • Emmenthal Cheese • Onion & Olive Relish
• Bacon • Green Apple & Cabbage Salad • Honey & Mustard Mayo
• Avo • Rocket • Harissa Tzatziki • Purple Onions
• Jalapeno Relish • Smoked Mozzarella • Grilled Aubergine

Dessert – R55
Marshmellow & Rosewater Cheesecake
70% Lindt Dark Chocolate Cup

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Oxtail Sunday Menu – 24 July

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If you enjoy the rich and full and rich flavour of an Oxtail Stew, then this Sunday is for you. We have slow braised Oxtail in Guinness on the menu served with a creamy rosemary scented polenta. It is a traditional menu with bold flavours and to round it off what better than our Malva Pudding with our homemade Ginger Ice Cream.


Where: 217 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria (Laughing Chefs Restaurant)

Time: 11am – 4pm

Three Course Oxtail Menu: R225 per person or eat individual courses of which one must be a main.

Starter: R55
Smoked Mackerel Pie
Warm Potato Salad | Avo Cream | Basil Oil

Main: R150
Guiness Braised Oxtail
Creamy Rosemary Polenta | Mushroom, Carrot & White Bean Ragoût | Guiness Jus

Dessert: R50
Traditional Malva Pudding
Turkish Apricots | Ginger Ice Cream

Methods of Payment: Cash or SnapScan only.

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Banting Sunday at Taste Café – 17 July

We invite all our banting clients (and non-banting, you will enjoy this menu just as much) to an exceptional Banting Three Course Menu. It is a great menu with awesome foodie delights on it and we would like to pack our restaurant this Sunday with Banting Foodies!


Where: 217 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria (Laughing Chefs Restaurant)

Time: 11am – 4pm

Three Course Banting Menu: R255 per person or eat individual courses of which one must be a main.

Starter: R75
Smoked Mackerel
Beetroot Tartare | Micro Salad | Avo Cream | Basil Oil

Main: R150
Aubergine & Pork Canneloni
Red Pepper & Jalapeno Sauce | Mozzarella & Dolce Latte | Onion, Pumpkin Seed Crumble | Enoki Mushrooms

Dessert: R50
Pear & Cranberry Crumble
Date & Almond Crumble | Chai Ice Cream

Methods of Payment: Cash or SnapScan only.

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Curry Sunday at Taste Café – 3 July

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Cooking curry is one of the delights in my life, my passion for everything Indian, from yoga right to the food is well known under my friends and customers. My Indian friends always joke that I know more about India and Hinduism than they do.

When it comes to Indian curries I like to experiment and bring you the food I ate on my many travels to India. I try to bring you those recipes that you won’t find in the Indian restaurants in South Africa – we all know a pasanda, a makni or a tikka or a vindaloo, but do you know kasundi, Kerala style or Kali Mirchi? At Taste Café Pop-up Restaurant I try to bring you the recipes you won’t find on the general menus in South Africa. And this Sunday is no exception.

Curry Set Menu – R255 per person or eat individual courses of which one must be a main.

Starter: R75
Kerala Style Fish & Prawn Rasam (Soup) with Steamed Idlis (Fermented Rice Cakes)

Main: R150
Mangalorean Pulled Pork Indad Curry served with Vegetable Pilaf, Cabagge & Radish Raita & Green Chutney and Rotis

Dessert: R50
Rosewater & Pistachio Kheer (rice pudding) with Elachi Syrup

Please Remember: Bookings are ESSENTIAL, Taste Café is a pop-up restaurant and because we do only our restaurant once a week, you need to book. We try to accommodate walk-ins, but this is not always possible. For bookings please visit the Contact Page or call me on 083 730 8344 to book a table.Looking forward to have you at our pop-up venue at 217 Soutpansberg Road in Rietondale.


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Taste Café Pop-up Winter Menu

With the colder weather of course comes the opportunity to make more hearty winter soups, pot pies, pot-au-feu and stews and this gives our Winter Menu that immediate comfort-food feeling.

This Sunday, 15 May, Taste Café introduces its Winter Menu which will run until end of July.

Taste Café Pop-up Restaurant at Laughing Chefs at 217 Soutpansberg Rd. Rietondale every Sunday from 11:00 – 15:00. The restaurant is licensed and has an extensive liquor list. There is ample seating and we can handle larger tables.

PLEASE NOTE: Bookings are essential and can be made with Willie on 083 730 8344.

A la Carte Menu:

Chicken & Mushroom Soup and freshly baked bread R75
Veggie Curry & Rice R80
Spicy Duck Livers on Polenta R85
Beef Pot Pie served with veggies R95
Pork Bangers on Bubble & Squeak R90
Prawns & Chorizo on Risotto R135

Chewy Chocolate Brownie & Ice Cream R60
Warm Dried Fruit Compote & Crème Anglaise R55
Pineapple & Carrot Cake R50

We’ll either add or change dishes from time to time as seasonal produce becomes available – watch our FB Page for weekly updates in this regard.