Café Frank, the well-loved Bree Street purveyor of succulent roast chickens and delicious, unusual salads has taken their ‘Slow Food Fast’ philosophy to a second store, located in the new Urban Square at Century City. The shop is sleek and light and feels a bit Scandinavian, with airy double volume ceilings, oak tables, wooden floors, copper highlights and shiny green plants. There’s plentiful outdoor seating, and for those who might prefer their rare roast sirloin and horseradish wrap or their venison bobotie pie as a takeaway, the perfect place to eat it is right outside, lounging in the small sunny amphitheatre next to the rushing canal.
If you can’t face the day without at least one dose of serious, smooth caffeine; then Café Frank will delight – there’s a full coffee menu and a smiley trained barista, but also a surprisingly beautiful range of teas. They open at 7am and the breakfast menu ranges from fresh fruit, hand-made pastries and Bircher muesli to soft, creamy omelettes and scrambled eggs with a range of optional fillings and sides.
The lunch menu at Café Frank retains some staples throughout the week (food crazes may come and go, but a fresh green salad, a juicy rotisserie chicken and a perfect dark chocolate brownie will never go out of style), but the collective offering changes daily and the selection is chalked up onto a blackboard. The concept is the same as that of their Bree Street shop, with the day’s selection beautifully laid out on the glass counter;- fresh wholesome salads, free-range rotisserie chickens, creamy vegetarian quiche and light and crispy phyllo pies. Select your main item, and add any number of salads. You order and pay at the counter, and by the time you choose a seat at one of the oak dining tables, your food is served. Slow Food, Fast.
Café Frank has created the SLOW FOOD, FAST concept to fulfil the demand of busy people wanting wholesome, fresh food fast, without having to compromise on quality and flavour. They source their quality ingredients from ethical suppliers, using free-range and organic produce where possible. Their packaging is biodegradable or compostable, and staff members are trained to be cognisant of their impact on the environment by saving water and minimising waste. Other offerings include corporate and film industry catering and venue hire.
Both of the Café Frank shops are well positioned on highly visible street corners in urban areas. The Urban Square in Century City is the first of its kind in the area and is a welcoming, lush, open space with canals, an amphitheatre, restaurants and plenty of public seating areas. The entire precinct has free access to fibre, there is plenty of parking and it is easily accessible to and from the N1. We see this square as the new place for people working, shopping and living in the area.
Make sure to visit Cafe Frank soon. Physical address is: The Apex, 1 Energy Lane , Century City (opposite the new Century City Hotel and Conference Center).
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