Good food, green attitude

2011-06-25 09:07

Tucked away in the grounds of the Alliance Française, a French language and cultural centre in the heart of Morningside, Durban, is a new eco-café.

Run by Tim and Natalie Krynauw, The Fat Croissant Café is the ideal spot to enjoy a relaxing breakfast, light lunch or yummy croissant and coffee. Take a seat on the undercover terrace in the fragrant food garden or inside the tasteful venue with its laid-back atmosphere.

The café menu has a select variety of dishes, starting with daily home-baked treats such as fresh muffins, croissants, cakes and quiches. My family arrived mid-afternoon and enjoyed a huge slice of scrumptious carrot cake as well as some sweet croissants with a choice of caramel, chocolate or almond cream topping.

Finding a good croissant in Durban is a challenge, but this café lives up to its namesake. The croissants are flaky and airy, buttery without being heavy.

The coffee, sourced from the Colombo Fine Beverage Co, is outstanding too.

Try the Aggressive Chocolate Espresso Blend in a cappuccino or an Americano. Another hot drink that caught my attention was the gourmet hot chocolate dippers with milk or dark Belgian chocolate on a spoon.

Regular lunch offers include tasty sandwiches and crisp salads with weekly wholesome specials on a board.

The day we were there, the specials included a home-made butternut, carrot and orange soup; a bacon and mixed peppers or mushroom and feta quiche; and a chicken kebab with chilli and lemon sauce served with rice.

For dessert – the croissant and butter pudding or chocolate volcano with ice-cream.

The café is also fully licensed and wine by the glass is affordable at R16.

The Fat Croissant is passionate about its garden, which is growing into a fully functional food garden with herbs, lettuce, asparagus, peppers, chillies, cabbages, potatoes and tomatoes grown for use in the kitchen.

It also strives to maintain an eco-friendly outlook by recycling kitchen waste through its worm farm and sourcing free range, organic meat and eggs.

Tanks to capture rainwater and solar panels are in the pipeline to further lower their carbon footprint.

Everything is priced between R15 and R50, so it’s worth a family visit for brunch.

Other than the good food and service, the café also hosts various social and cultural events in conjunction with Alliance Française including concerts, music and film festivals, a fortnightly open-air cinema and art exhibitions.

» The Fat Croissant Café is open Monday to Saturday.


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