I remember when I was in high school in Port Elizabeth and the whole *coffee culture* was just hitting the South African market. We all used to descend upon a local *coffee shop* at the Bridge shopping centre after school and order bottomless coffee and pretend to be cool (I like to think that maybe, just maybe, we were a just a tiny bit cool, but this might be a delusion :)).
The problem with the coffee culture concept in SA is that nobody is willing to pay a decent amount of money just for a decent cup of coffee (e.g. nobody blinks in Europe to pay 5Euros for a Starbucks coffee, while no South African in their right mind would pay R55 for a coffee)… so coffee shops had to evolve and not only provide your daily grind, but also extend their offerings to include breakfasts, snacks and lunches! Or to market what they know… Coffee blends and beans to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
And House of Coffees did just that!! Having started as a small shop in Johannesburg in 1965 (geez, older than me!) offering freshly roasted coffee beans, exotic blends and tantalising aroma’s that had passerby’s drooling for a cup of REAL java, to now being part of the FAMOUS BRANDS stable (along with Steers, Wimpy, Debonairs, Fishaways and Brazilian coffee Cafe), they really have come far. With 15 franchise branches across South Africa, they offer a relaxed environment (what they call a *home away from home*), with not only coffee – but food and friendly service that makes you smile AND you can buy their coffee range to take home!
Mom and I popped into their Grand West branch one particular day of holiday in December (after a morning of
gambling entertainment) for a light lunch.
Mom ordered the continental mince baked potato (Large roast potato with mince, avocado and cream cheese serviced with a home-made mustard cream sauce R43,40)
and I had the Honey and Mustard Chicken salad (a bed of mixed lettuce, cucumber and tomato with marinated grilled chicken, butternut, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and mozzarella topped with a home-made honey and mustard dressing R67,40)
The salad was enormous and something that 2 people could have shared. And the combinations were fun but interesting (our *code word* for different…)
Would I go back again? For what is offered and the price, it is a great place to pop in for a quick-lunch and/or snack when you are at Grand West enjoying some entertainment…so, yes.
House of Coffees