Since opening our doors in early May, we’ve become quite a busy spot for savouring a breakfast, lunch or a daily flat white. Blending the cult culture of meeting in coffee shops with the emerging resurgence of the vinyl café, our café has become a place for friends to enjoy top-notch java and scrumptious sandwiches, simultaneously feeding their music addiction.
We offers a selection of homemade fare made by owner Yaron’s mom Merle. Our menu mainly comprises of bagels, salads and hearty sandwiches with specialty salads including our BBF – biltong, Brie and fig, as well as our Chicken Chopped My Pesto complete with crumbed feta and cashews. Customers’ favourite sandwiches include The Shnitz with crispy, crumbed chicken and our flavoursome Moroccan, both on fresh Ciabatta. For those with a sweet tooth, The Popper – a poppy seed sponge cake with a white chocolate coating, The Elton John – a coconut and date chiffon with a caramel ice topping or our Triple Choc Brownies go down a treat; those popping in for just a quick caffeine fix will find our cheeky Minion biscuits perfect for dunking! Merle’s Banting-friendly cheesecake, our bulletproof coffee, carb-free cooked breakfast and sugar-free brownies are also very popular amongst Tim Noakes followers.
We have a top of the range commercial espresso machine and our medium roast, Hard Pressed blend – which has a subtle chocolate after-taste – is brewed by our small team of experienced baristas. Our unique coffee menu includes the Amy (Winehouse), which is blended with ice cream, the Brenda (Fosse) that Yaron refers to as the “Weekend Special”, our Flea with chilies and our Wham, which will wake you up before you go-go! There is even a drink called the Granny Flo – Yaron’s gran’s favourite mix of Stoney Ginger Beer and ice cream. Enmasse supplies us with teas including the Cleansing Detox, refreshing Naartjie Rooibos, classic Earl Grey, wicked Devil’s Advocate and the delicious Hot Cross Bun Chai. For those who go caffeine-free, Sir Juice, coconut water and açaí-loaded Amazoo are available and the nostalgic will appreciate the Coke and Fanta we serve in old school glass bottles. And we stock much-loved Zimbabwean Mazoe as well as Cream Soda for hung-over Saturday mornings!
Coffees range from R10 – R20 and bagels, salads and sandwiches from R25 – R65. For those of you who like a recommendation, Yaron’s favourite items are The Yiddish sandwich with beef and gherkins and our house specialty, the (John) Lennon – a double shot with milk and foam. At Hard Pressed we are passionate about service and do our best to ensure that every guest is welcomed in and served as if part of the Hard Pressed family. Our space is well-suited to strategy sessions, creative freelancers, lunchtime business meetings or even just a brief break from the buzz of Cape Town’s CBD. We have fast Wi-Fi and are open Monday – Friday, 07h00 – 17h00 and on Saturdays from 09h30 – 14h30. Next time you are in the area, pop in but give yourself some time – you might feel inclined to linger a little longer.