Carlton Café: Go-to-place for good food & a chilled vibe

After a fun night out of overindulging with friends all I wanted was a scrumptious brunch that would make me forget about my heavy head. I headed to Carlton Café in 13th Street, Menlo Park Centre, a place I discovered while visiting Hazel Food Market.

It has beautiful decor which incorporates retro and modern elements and I love the vegetable and herb boxes that surround the outside sitting area.


The menu offers a good variety of choices, nothing boring though, they do their own spin on traditional dishes like the putu pap with fried biltong and mascarpone.

I decided to go for the special of the day; tapas platter which included red wine cured beef, French brie, toasted pita bread, fresh blueberries, slices of peach and a cranberry cream cheese.

While I waited I ordered the ginger beer, it was refreshing and delicious with just the right amount of ginger and the chilli flakes and fresh chill pepper gave it that punch.


One thing to note is that the restaurant does not sell alcohol but you are more than welcome to bring your own liquor; there is even a liquor store literally metres away.

My food tasted as good it looked, I particularly enjoyed the cranberry cream cheese and all in all the flavours complemented each other, including the sweetness from the fruits and the creamy French Brie which has a fitting nickname, “The Queen of Cheeses.”


Another thing that I love about this place is that they have a food shop next door called Delicious which sells deli items, cakes, pastries, cookware and much more.


They trade from 07:30 to 16:00 on Mondays, 07:30 to 17:00 on Tuesday to Fridays, 7:30 to 14:00 on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays.