A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time spent well
Situated in the heart of Durbanville on the corner of Oxford and Wellington, there is an absolute gem of a bistro style restaurant. Large windows reveal glamorous and stylish couture as well as exquisite interior design pieces. Then when you look a little deeper, your eye is caught by not only the beautifully decorated walls and bustling vibe, but a large wood table laden with decadently decorated cakes and other delectable treats.
Soet Emporium is exactly what the name implies, a collective affair for all the senses. Boutique, interior design, bakery and eatery that flows from one intimate space into the next. Zillah Brits and Leigh Leonard are the beautiful brains behind the concept and they sure know how to read their environment, evaluate situations and put forward a product and experience that is an absolute treat from the first step through the door up to the last sip of freshly brewed coffee.
Zillah, a mom of an adorable little girl (and with the next one on the way), came from the dental industry and says that shes always had the dream to open a little artisan bakery with her husband. Three years ago they made it happen when they opened Soet Bistro and soon afterwards followed Soet Bakery where they now bake all the cakes, pastries and artisan bread on site. Zillah is self-taught in the kitchen department, but stands back for no-one and nothing. Her husband, Ruan, is a food technologist and she shares that he eagerly lends a helping hand when it comes to safety and hygiene. Zillah completed an artisanal bread baking course at the well-known Il de Pain in Knysna and shes proud of the accomplishment to be able to produce artisan bread, sold at the bakery and incorporated in the bistros menu.
The menu boasts trendy, easy going, but up market fare with an averaging price of about R55.00. Popular items are the toasted wraps and their baked cheesecake – which is the most glorious creation south of the equator! Even though space is limited in the kitchen, they do a bit of catering too. All functions and parties can be hosted at this charming venue even weddings, Zillah says. They are fully licensed and the dream continues as Zillah says shed like to open up in the evenings and have authentic thin based pizza and artisanal beer evenings. By the look of things, Im sure it wont be too long before Ill be back to sample those pizzas!
Soet Bistro is an inviting little piece of heaven where business people can enjoy cappuccinos, couples can have romantic treats, families and can enjoy weekend breakfasting and mommies can have a little me-time while the kids play in the cleverly designed Jol Kol a protected and safe area inside with toys and an array of other accessories.
Soet Emporium is definitely a destination not to be missed. The vibrant colours, buoyant music, efficient service and top quality food (of which about 40% is organically home grown) affirms the longevity and success of this establishment.
Physical address: 11 Wellington Road, Durbanville, 7550
Tel: 021 975 5294
Photographs supplied by Soet Emporium with permission to publish