Grate Café: For your daily caffeine fix, eggy brunch or midday perk up

Staying in? Working from home? There’s no reason why your stomach should suffer. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast tramezzini, gourmet sandwich, pressed juice or mean cup of joe, Grate Café delivers on all those fronts and more. All that’s left for you to do now is set the table and eat up! 

Chris, the owner of this gorgeous-looking Illovo joint, wants us all to make friends with food – and we’re certainly sold on the place, with its open-air dining vibe, pretty plants in pots and nutritionally balanced cooking. This is the café of your dreams – the staff are lovely, everything is intended to soothe and the caféstyle eats are nigh-on irresistible. Partnered with a perfect espresso, it’s a guaranteed cure for those winter blues. 


Grate Café is cranking out an extensive menu that can help you eat well or stock up immediately. The menu is available for delivery within a 2km radius or for curbside pickup. For lunch, sink your teeth into the chicken schnitzel or melanzaneand grilled halloumi gourmet sandwich. Inspired by global flavours, the fuss-free chicken schnitzel gourmet sandwich is filled with a generous amount of chicken schnitzel sliced into strips, avocado and Parmesan shavings, topped with a spicy mayo. Vegetarians will love the simple but tasty melanzane and grilled halloumi gourmet sandwich made with sliced tomato and flat leaf parsley.  

We also recommend the tempting breakfast tramezzini stuffed with bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomato and cheddar as well as the smoked salmon salad with soft, creamy and crunchy textures thanks to salmon trout, cottage cheese, avocado, red onion, cucumber, watercress and butter lettuce. 


If you’re ordering for dinner, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of pastas and pizzas to choose from – think a chicken pasta with mozzarella and mushrooms in a cream sauce, or a vegan pizza topped with baby marrow, aubergine, peppers, cherry tomatoes, avocado and fresh rocket. However, we highly recommend ordering one of the café-style dishes. Our top pick is the amazingly delicious half flame-grilled chicken in a peri peri sauce. It’s juicy, spicy and loaded with flavour!The fried fish and chips is a close second: A moist, tender fish fillet is wrapped in a light, crispy batter and served with chips, which makes for great comfort food.  

In addition to their stellar delivery and takeaway menu, Grate Café is also offering family sized meals. Standouts include the minestrone soup, quinoa salad, vegetable curry and rice and full flame-grilled chicken in a lemon and herb sauce. All family meals are made to serve two or four people and are exceptionally well priced. 


To place your order, call the restaurant directly or order via Mr D Food. Just remember that hours are limited – Grate Café is open from 09h00 to 17h00 from Monday to Friday and from 11h00 to 18h00 on Saturdays.  

9 Fricker Road, Illovo 

011 268 5344 

Facebook: @gratecafe 

Instagram: @gratecafejhb  

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