Majority of our foodie posts are based townside, but every now and then it’s worth a visit to the ‘burbs to discover a gem we don’t regularly frequent. Together Bernard and I made the ‘trek’ to Diep River, to pay Martins Bakery a visit.
A family owned and run bakery that spans two generations, it was opened in 1970 by Firmino Martins as a local convenience store. The shop morphed into a café and bakery, and is now famous in Cape Town for its extensive range of breads, baked goods, cakes and, more recently, banting-friendly menu.
John Martins and his wife Teresa are the passionate driver’s of Martin’s Bakery’s today, and together they invite you into their casual and down-to-earth café – for a slice of cake, cup of coffee or home-style meal. Visit for your daily bread or stay for a meal on the small terrace. European-style – from their Portuguese descent – the selection of non-commercial bakes and breads come preservative free with a largely Euro focus.
Choose from a selection of sourdough breads, 12 different variants of rye, carb-free bread and quiches, traditional ciabatta, focaccia, Portuguese bread made with sweet potato and traditional German, Italian and Portuguese deli products.
Intending to visit for lunch (or the banting breakfast, R80) we instead got stuck into the lunch menu. Cheeseburger and fries (R60) and a gourmet roast chicken, bacon and mozzarella sandwich (R65) were our orders of the day. The space is perfect for a meal with family, the sort of spot I can see myself taking my ouma to on a Saturday morning. It suits a less pretentious and homely crowd, and the regular patrons who support it can no doubt attest to this.
If the menu of omelettes, croissants, sandwiches and cooked meals don’t tickle your fancy, the deli offers salads, soup and a changing daily special to order by weight. The service is friendly and efficient, and if Teresa isn’t there to greet you personally, the staff certainly are.
Carb-free brownies, bon bons, meringues and cakes will certainly give the diet conscious patron ample choice for ‘cheat day’ (although carb-free isn’t technically cheating). Unpretentious and simple, Martin’s Bakery is a gem in Diep River, and for the southern suburb local, a recommended visit.