The Service Station
This little home away from home, located in Melville, is a restaurant and food store providing freshly prepared food along with carefully selected local and international products. The Service Station offers three French toast options: one with berries, a savoury one with bacon and a brioche, strawberry and mascarpone option. The egg batter used is amazing.
Details: Bamboo Centre, Corner 9th Street & Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg | 011 726 1701
Vovo Telo at 44 Stanley
The original Vovo Telo at 44 Stanley offers an array of delightful baked goods, cakes and heavenly breakfasts. So, it’s no surprise that their French toast options are mouthwatering. Take your pick from mixed berry compote, sweet mascarpone cream and citrus infused honey or caramelised banana, bacon and maple syrup served on your choice of toast!
Details: 44 Stanley Road, Milpark, Johannesburg | (011) 482-4139 | firstname.lastname@example.org
44 Stanley is obviously the home of French toast in Johannesburg, as our next hot spot also hails from this eclectic food and retail precinct. The Salvation Café boasts not one, but two options of the classic breakfast dish. The savoury, served with haloumi, cherry tomatoes and pesto, and the sweet, with fresh fruit, berry coulis and whipped cream on the side. Yum!
Details: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg | 011 482 7795 | email@example.com
The Whippet in Linden is known for its crazy combinations of sweet and savoury. Sample their classic French toast – butter brioche topped with smooth crème fraiche, crispy maple glazed bacon and seasonal berries – for a true taste sensation. Vegans, you can have your fill here too. Try their almond, chia and strawberry French toast made with chickpea flour and almond milk.
Details: 34, 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg | 061 512 1373 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Voodoo Lily Cafe
In Birdhaven, there’s a little family café that offers its patrons the opportunity to create their own French toast. Bacon, macon, roasted tomatoes, salmon… it’s all there for your belly to feed on. The restaurant also serves up vegetarian and vegan-friendly French toast options. Thank you Voodoo Lily Café!
Details: 64 St Andrew Street, Birdhaven, Johannesburg | 011 442 6965 | email@example.com
The Red Door Cafe
Edenvale is a brunch-time haven, with a number of quirky coffee shops lining the Avenues. However, only one of these suburban cafes serves up an ingenious take on classic French toast. The cornflake crusted French toast served with cream cheese and fig jam from the Red Door Cafe is a must-try. But for the less daring diners, there are two other options to try – the sweet strawberry and coconut crusted or savoury bacon, syrup and spring onion.
Details: 26 5th Avenue, Edenvale, Johannesburg | 011 453 1926 | firstname.lastname@example.org
That Spot on 4th
Have you ever thought of dipping your waffle in egg batter, frying in butter and serving it up with mixed berry compote and creme fraiche? If not, visit That Spot on 4th in Parkhurst for their French Toast Waffle Fingers! It’s the best of both worlds.
Details: 17 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg | 010 300 3118 | email@example.com
The Bread Basket
The final stop on our journey to breakfast perfection is The Bread Basket at Sandton City. Their show stopping take on French toast – a banana and peanut butter French toast croissant – is as near to dessert for breakfast as you can get. Pair it with a gourmet coffee and you should be on cloud nine.
Details: Shop BC 28, Sandton City Shopping Centre, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg | 011 783 9053 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know of any other great French toast spots not mentioned above? Let us know in the comments section below!
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