OURS is run by a group of surfer dudes/ coffee aficionados. They’re not trying to be the next Big Food Fad in Cape Town, they’re just keeping it real. The cafe has evolved from the original hole in the wall serving coffee and pastries to incorporate a beautiful courtyard area overlooking the ocean with lunch and dinner thrown in for good measure.
Clare and I sat outside in dappled sunlight with a cool sea breeze wafting in from the bay and caught up over a light meal. She had the lunch salad – at first they forgot the boiled eggs and dressing but sorted it out quickly. Apparently Craig, the resident chef, was off for the afternoon.
I had the Pasta Rustica: bacon, mushrooms and peas in a cream sauce – sans peas (unintentionally). It was rustic, the kind of cooking mates do for each other – not too fancy, not too frilly and heavy on flavouring. Manly food.
The menu is simple, the food basic and the servings large. We had the salad, the pasta (both half portions), two coffees and a gorgeous afternoon in the courtyard and the bill came to R104 (without tip). Bargain.
And then there’s the coffee… In my opinion, Dave and his barista boys make the finest flat white in all of the land. I was fresh off the boat when I first stumbled upon their flat white at the City Bowl Market two years ago. Since then they’ve become my benchmark for good coffee in this town. At OURS Cafe they’ve found a home, a permanent base from which to brew their magic beans.
The theme throughout the cafe is authentic beach shack, from the menu and staff to the food and decor. I loved the calendar stuck to the tiles and the surf boards (and surfers) propped against the walls. It’s very much a local boy hangout with absolutely no pretenses.
OURS Cafe reminds me a lot of the Portuguese seaside cafes – during the day you jostle the tourists for your morning coffee, or lunch time prego; but when the sun sets, the streets are yours – as is Ours where you take in your evening espresso and catch up with mates before a leisurely stroll home in the salty night air. Perfect.
48 Main Rd, Kalk Bay
Thursday – Sunday, 06h30 – 21h30