Cafe Mozart has been an institution in Cape Town’s inner city for 37 years.
It was always quirky and fun with Mozart’s music gently playing in the background – but gradually it became a shabby chic spot and then it just felt shabby! Enter the Madame Zingara group in 2010 and it once again became shabby chic and quirky…..with fab food….and great ambiance. A winning combo for Cape Town!
I was quite amused to receive an invite from the Madame Zingara group to go and try out Cafe Mozart. What does one do when you are already a groupie of a spot? Naturally one accepts the free lunch! Naturally as I am a groupie – a blog on this spot was long overdue anyway. I had a walking tour on Thursday – so I popped in with guests and then on Friday I met up with a great friend of mine Daisy – who is the fountain of knowledge behind the wonderful website www.whatsonincapetown.com.
Both visits were wonderful and a lovely opportunity to actually enjoy sitting indoors. One of the main drawcards of the spot (for me) is to sit under the trees at the outside tables. I enjoy watching the people passing by and watching those that are relaxing at this lovely spot under the tree with goodies hanging from it and surrounded by a quaint white picket fence. The restaurant was buzzing on both days that I visited – wonderful to see in the middle of winter.
We sat upstairs on both occasions – and I must admit I love how cozy it is up there. I love the clutter and the eccentric decor – it is warm and welcoming. The staff are always lovely at Cafe Mozart. Note that there is only one or two small inside tables next to the kitchen – so if you find stairs a challenge – this spot will not be a great choice for winter. On Thursday I had a delicious chicken burger – but was well impressed with how yummy the fish and chips looked when ordered by my client – I must admit I was suffering food envy! Lucky me going back the next day. Well – the restaurant was not expecting so many people to
turn up for lunch on the Friday – as such they started running out of everything. It makes me feel
so happy for them that they were doing so well! So – no fish and chips for me! They were out of chips! Then they ran out of burger rolls! So I went for the steak sandwich on the recommendation of the waiter – he suggested brown. Unfortunately my worst thing in the world is sweet brown bread! And voila it came on the sweet brown bread! It was however a really lovely lunch. Daisy enjoyed her calamari.
I love it there! Even if the food was not delicious (which it most certainly is!!) – there is something about the place that resonates with me. I just love the energy and vibe of this little spot. It is quirky and I feel relaxed and at home. I can’t wait for summer to relax in the outside area…………..come on sunshine!! (Ps – you must try their cakes! Yum!)
Where to find them?
Some of the dishes:
Read Daisy’s review on Cafe Mozart by clicking here.