Last week I was invited to the new Lupa Restaurant in Durban North to try out their newly launched breakfast menu – an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss, as breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Usually it’s a nutribullet smoothie, but just say the word ‘bacon’ and I’m there ;)
Lupa is an Italian restaurant, so there’s a strong focus on Italian flavours, heaps of cheese and ciabatta, as well as some scrummy sounding bruschetta’s. But the health nuts haven’t been forgotten – there are delicious fresh juices (R35), as well as homemade granola with yogurt, fresh fruit & honey (R55), or Jungle Oats served with honey, toasted almonds & butter (R32). And there’s an extensive hot drinks menu, with the usual coffee combinations, but I spied an unusual option which made me smile – the Cafe Correcto – an espresso with a shot of grappa… I want to see someone have this!
But back to the bacon…
You can have it on bruschetta along with avo & chilli flakes, drizzled with lemon & olive oil (R58), or with eggs, tomatoes, toast & preserves (R45). Or try the Lupa – 2 eggs, bacon, 2 pork sausages, tomatoes, mushroom, Tuscan potatoes, toast & preserves (R85).
And the Italian flavours can be found in the Bologna – spicy mince, 2 eggs & cheddar on ciabatta (R65), Chicken Livers with chilli Napoli sauce, topped with 2 eggs & served on ciabatta (R60), or the Amatriciana – 2 poached eggs baked in the oven in spicy Napoli sauce topped with bacon & cheddar (R55). My partner had this and it was delicious – super rich & very filling, so there was no lunch that day!
I actually didn’t have bacon after I spied this on the menu – poached eggs with Franschoek smoked salmon & hollandaise served on ciabatta (R78) – I’m a bit of a naff with ciabatta though, as I battle to chew through it, so have it with their health bread if you’re the same.
There are also scrambled eggs with salmon, capers, cream cheese & toast (R78) and a twist on an old favourite to give it some Italian flair – the Croque Monsignor – Grana Padano, cheddar & ham served on ciabatta topped with egg (R75).
If you’re going to make a celebratory morning of it, throw in a pitcher of orange juice & a bottle of Prosecco! This would be the perfect place to meet mates for a brunch and get festive.
As it was midweek, I worked at my table after breakfast for the rest of the morning – a great spot to do so, as they give you wifi access. A few cups of coffee down and my work done for the day, it’s a favourite Durban North breakfast spot for me now.
Try it for yourself – they’re at 6 Swapo Road (old Broadway) and breakfast is served from 7am until 11:30am, Monday through Sunday.
Contact them on 031 941 1181.