rainy days call for long brunches in light filled spaces filled with bright artwork.
and there’s only one cafe in Colonel Light Gardens that fits that brief- Bond & Lane Canteen.
a small cafe off of Goodwood road surrounded by green trees and neat rose bushes from neighbouring yards. as soon as you walk in your greeted by a very friendly, and incredibly talented barista with a milk jug in one hand and a menu attached to a wooden board in the other.
we were quickly seated and before we knew it our delicious lattes arrived. not to hot, we sunk these babies in a matter of minutes.
we sat on a bench in a window and took in the beauty that surrounded us. Plenty of art donned the walls, electric neon yellow cords draped off the ceiling holding antique style light globes and there were brightly coloured cushions scattered on the bench style seating. the tables were basic but were the perfect match to the traditional hard wood floors. there is ample seating indoor and out with room for the kids and prams. all the pops of colour and white walls really capture the atmosphere of this joint- very airy, energetic and refreshing.
this was the third or fourth time that I had visited the cafe so I thought i’d stick to the specials board and try something new. if you haven’t eaten here before then it will be hard to draw your eyes away from the main menu- with options of all day breakfast/brunch options, tarts, sandwiches and pulled pork burgers to name a few.
as soon as I saw the word chorizo I knew my brain wouldn’t really allow me to choose anything different. a chorizo burger with avocado, tomato, roasted capsicum salsa and rocket. yes please.
the other half also ordered off of the specials board and opted for the breakfast burrito- scrambled eggs, refried beans, avo and cheese wrapped in a wheat tortilla with chorizo beans, sour cream and a tomato and jalapeno salsa. I love when he orders delicious food because it means I get two brunches.
insert evil laugh here. the chorizo burger had a perfectly cooked patty that was thick and juicy and slathered with a flavoursome roasted capsicum and tomato relish. the rocket brought a fresh element to the burger and the bun itself was golden with a crunchy top, but don’t worry it was still soft as hell. there was a nice addition of avo on he bottom and to top it off there was a good half a kilo of crispy fries on the side that we both struggled to finish.
the breakfast burrito was a mexican delight. the eggs were creamy and cheesy and were a match made in heaven with the salsa. my poor mouth can’t cope with jalapenos so I found it to be a tad to hot, but my other half found it to have the right amount of kick. the beans on top were rich and saucy and made for a great flavour combination.
for those who are looking for more of a lunch than a brunch they have a variety of options with a impressive wine list. even if it’s brunch it is after 12 somewhere in the world right? if juice is your thing they have recently partnered up with my new favourite in SA juices, Pure Press Juice. fresh, local, cold press juice offering a variety of flavours at a reasonable price.
if I didn’t have to un do my button on my jeans I would have easily succumbed to the sweets that sat by the cash till. Muffins, bliss balls- the list goes on. I dare you to try and walk away without one after paying!
you can find the Bond & Lane Canteen at 1 Salisbury Crescent, Colonel Light Gardens.