Sunday, March 31, 2013

Breakfast Review - Deerpark Cafe

After my doctor told me that I am aiming for high cholesterol and high blood pressure and that I should take it slow on the bacon an eggs, I thought that my breakfast days might be over. It is in fact true that bacon and eggs does not always make for the perfect breakfast and that I can have a healthier option in order to lower the cholesterol while still enjoying one of my favourite activities..having breakfast. I am also pretty sure that a nice breakfast at a beautiful setting like the Deerpark Cafe on the slopes of Table Mountain will lower the blood pressure as well.

I guess the main attraction to this little restaurant is the nice playground attached to the restaurant which makes it a perfect place to take your kids...and apparently dogs as well. At this stage of my life I prefer child-friendly places so that I can send them off to play and enjoy my breakfast in peace. Underneath some pine trees where I am sure Jan van Riebeeck also enjoyed a cup or two, there are plenty of activities and apparatus to keep the kids occupied for a while.

The food is great, nothing to complain about at all. The staff is friendly and the place in general has a very nice atmosphere. I skipped the bacon and went for plain scramble eggs on toast. My first latte was a bit cold on arrival but my second caffeine-free one was better. They even brought the empty sachet along to prove that they made it with caffeine-free coffee. Not that I would have noticed because I am totally resistant to any caffeine side-effects. I just thought it might be a healthier option seeing that it was going to be my third mug of coffee for the morning. What I did appreciate though was that my children were playing on their own, although my little one had to be watched due to the steep slopes leading down to the play area. 

I didn't ask but I assume the place is dog friendly as well. I have nothing against dogs and nothing against dog owners, but if there is not a leash between the dog and the owner then I sometimes tend to change my mind. Especially if I am having my breakfast with a strange dog in between my legs begging for food. Some dog owners don't understand this, but if I remove my children when they disturb other people I would like dog owners to do the same when their dog starts bugging me. If you have to remove your dog for the SIXTH time then something must have registered that your feeble attempts to discipline your dog is not working. After informing your best friend for the second time that "begging for food is not good behavior" then you either put him on a leash or you don't bring your friend to a restaurant again, especially not when he or she gets served water from a bowl on the lawn. If you are a dog lover then the above paragraph might encourage you to visit Dogpark Cafe...excuse me, Deerpark Cafe, but if you believe that dog owners should control their dogs then try somewhere else. 

Breakfast at Deerpark was good, healthy and affordable and despite untrained dog(owner)s I will for sure visit the restaurant again. 

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