The more time I spend talking about The Arbour Cafe – the more I fall in love with it to be honest.

Quietly tucked away in the cute little Birdhaven shopping centre in Illovo you will find The Arbour Cafe – a French-inspired café and crêperie and plays home to many breakfast and coffee enthusiasts, while priding itself on delicious and wholesome food, sourced from the freshest ingredients.

Well-known for their gluten-free, buckwheat galettes (savoury French pancakes), the beautifully balanced and well-presented menu is perfect for a summer morning, sunny afternoon and just recently, balmy evening.

The little café is just short of three years old, and in that time has peppered its already versatile menu with delicious offerings – from butter croissants and decadent cakes, to duck confit orange and fennel salads and, of course, a selection of bubbly, wine and imported French ciders.

Chef Zané Robins will launch an all-new menu in February and keep doors open for the public during the evenings, where hearty and healthy meals will be served, with an accompanying gin cocktail or tall glass of bubbly.

They start the month of love off with a three-course meal for Valentine’s Day:

For R275 per person, you will enjoy a complimentary glass of Villiera Tradition Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine or a Gin Cocktail.

For R375 per person a bottle of Villiera Tradition Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine is included.

Starter:  a choice between smoked salmon vol-au-vent and a creamy spinach, leek and feta vol-au-vent (crispy pastry cases)

Entree: a choice of a juicy rib eye steak with smoked paprika and roasted garlic aioli or pasta shells with roasted Rosa tomato sauce, olives, capers and Parmesan.

Dessert: a choice of nutella and strawberry crêpes with vanilla ice cream or a brandy flambéed crêpe with orange butter sauce.

What better way to spoil yourself? And even better the French-inspired café is dog friendly and is equipped with free Wi-Fi.

They will also be introducing a loyalty programme this month, benefitting those regulars they love so much.

The venue is available for functions and pop ups, and the next pop up event is on Saturday 10th February 10am – 1pm.

Get hold of them on: 011 788 4111 or visit their Facebook page here

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