A tiny hole-in-the-wall that you may just miss in passing, El Camino has only recently graced Bo-Kaap with its presence. Offering locally roasted coffee, organic pressed juices and a fusion of global foods, it’s relaxed, friendly and proof that dynamite really does come in small packages.
The menu is simple but packed with flavour, offering tasty brunch and lunch options to city slickers. Asian-influenced, but with bits and pieces from South America and Europe (and featuring compulsory café essentials – with a twist), the word ‘global eatery’ makes quick sense. Breakfast is served all day (yes!) with three options, including eggs Benedict three ways, granola, and an option to build your own. Lunch is light and reasonably priced; choose to eat sitting outside overlooking part of the city. On cooler days the cosy interior, decorated with succulents, collectables and nostalgic travel pieces, is equally charming.
I tucked into an Asian Chaos salad – so fresh and flavoursome, with Chinese cabbage, Daikon radish and grapefruit (R50). Bernard opted for the classic BLT with blue cheese dressing (R45). If you’re feeling hungrier, try the beef teriyaki on a bed of grilled veg (R55), El Camino’s signature dish, or the Sriracha cheeseburger with fries (R65). For the less hungry, you have the option of Vietnamese spring rolls to tide you over till dinner, (R45).
El Camino, named after the Spanish pilgrimage, the Camino del Santiago, is in itself something of a journey. Owners Jessica and Marijus Jakas met on the Camino, and have endeavoured to create a space that reflects their sentiment and outlook on life, a culmination of their travel experiences. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to keep checking in for their new winter menu. It’s calm, interesting and the perfect spot to grab a coffee, fresh juice or bite to eat in the CBD, without fuss or pretension.