Clarke’s bar and dining room in Bree street is an American-style diner, with just enough Cape Town slick.
Owner Lyndall Maunder trained with chef David Higgs, and worked with George Jardine from (the now closed) Jardine Bakery. She also joined forces with Justin and Cam at Superette. She says, “They built and designed the space and let me do whatever I wanted in it”. She’s been traveling on and off since she was 17, and spent some time in the USA.
Lyndall put together the Clarke’s menu when it opened in 2011. It looks quite similar to menus in American diners, but at Clarke’s they only use local, fresh ingredients that is ethically sourced and made to order, putting this spot a step above the dingy diners opposite the Atlantic.
They do breakfast, lunch and dinner, frying-up all the classics like omelettes, burgers and cheese fries, as well as hot fudge sundaes and pie (of course). They also serve Deluxe coffee, ice-cream from The Creamery, and Steri Stumpie. They make a mean Bloody Mary too.
Lyndall and long-time friend Liam Mooney designed the interior. It is slick, clean and fresh, with seating inside and outside. The kitchen is right behind an open counter, which makes it quite interactive. You can literally watch the staff chop, cook and plate, and the entire place smells delicious.
This is a great space to grab breakfast and get some early-morning work done, since they open at 7am. It’s perfect for coffee and a bite while checking emails, or having a casual meeting. They’re open late Wednesday to Saturday for drinks after work, and they serve burgers, mac and cheese and oysters for dinner.
Pop in at Clarke’s, 133 Bree Street, Cape Town.
Open Monday – Tuesday 7am-5pm, Wednesday – Friday 7am-2am, Saturday 8am-2am.