Posted on | June 8, 2012 | No Comments
A new place has just opened at the V&A Waterfront. A bakery and coffee shop called Vovo Telo. Next to Vaughan Johnsons, purveyor of wines and cigars to politicians and the proletariat. We first discovered it in Port Elizabeth during our Uitenhage pilgrimage. The story goes that the owner had worked at Ile de Pain in Knysna and taken the bread and coffee concept to a Victorian house on the edge of Port Elizabeth whilst getting investment from an established franchise company.
A shopping centre setting would just steal away the charm but the new shop is in one of the old harbour buildings with some outdoor seating looking onto a square currently occupied by a big ferris wheel. Breakfasts are great with big servings of essential fats in the form of creamy eggs and bacon on big slabs of sourdough toast. Stick your head in the front door and grab some handfuls of the rye, ciabatta and brioche that are laid out for tasting. They’d only been open a week but I hope the generosity with the samples continues. Check out the turquoise wallpaper hung with sepia prints of Queen Victoria, dapper dudes with big ‘taches and even a 70′s glamour girl with blue-black hair draped in a stylish silken antimacassar. A bit of a contrast to their tradmark pyjama clad bunny-beings demanding caffeine that adorn the premises and menus.
We’d missed breakfast so settled for croissants and coffee and took a big raisin danish home to the Waterfront flat we’d been lent for the weekend by a kindly ex-arms dealer. They don’t have a liquor licence so we were lured back with a bottle of red and white wine for dinner. Lamb burger, thin crust flammekuchen style pizza, a big salad, and zero corkage. Woohoo, cheapskate nirvana!