‘The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going’. Similarly, the whole world stops. Steps aside. Moves in one direction… For the word/smell/sight of bacon. Open up a restaurant that specialises in bacon and you know where the whole world is going.
Recently opened in Bree Street, Bacon on Bree is for many a dream come true. Adding to the already impressive array of foodie hot spots on the CBD strip, it’s unique in that their emphasis is specifically bacon. Choose from a small menu of sandwiches, made with bacon as the focal point, homemade baconnaise and other flavours all set to bring out the porky goodness. It’s a lunchtime spot that should be tried and tested at least once, and may or may not see you returning for more.
Chef Richard Bosman is at the helm, crafting not only the menu but offering a selection of cured pork and sauces. The menu is small, and has room for growth, but having been open only two weeks we’re sure it’ll get there. We wrapped our mouths around the eatery’s signature dish, the Harvey Spector, a ciabatta fully loaded with bacon, brie, tomato and basil pesto. It’s decadent, it’s tasty, it’s breakfast or lunch, jeans or a tuxedo. It’s Harvey Specter on the weekend (R65). The BLT is French toast, bacon, rocket, tomato and homemade baconnaise (R55). Order a cup of coffee or fresh fruit juice, or if it’s later in the day opt for craft beer, wine or a campari or gin cocktail (R45). Better yet, order the bacon infused Old Fashioned (R45).
The word on the street is that it may be a hit or miss, in that you can find a bacon sandwich in more than one place in Cape Town. Where’re the breakfast options with bacon? What about bacon and dessert? (It has been done). What about innovative bacon pairings? Don’t expect any of these anomalies – yet – but perhaps it’s still on the road there. Right now it stands as a glorified sandwich bar.
For many it is what they’ve been waiting for, and the reception from Capetonians has been nothing short of supportive. People really do love their bacon.