Ah breakfast! It is allegedly the most important meal of the day and Vovo Telo will have you believing it. Vovo Telo is a chain resturant with branches all over the place, literally. Whether you are in Cape Town, Joburg or Durban, you can delight in freshly made, crusty bread and delicious coffee. Vovo Telo is not a place to think about your diet, it’s a place to embrace flavour.
While it is open for all meals – being breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea time – the breakfast is something that might break all expectations of breakfast forever. If you’re feeling fancy, you can have an eggs benedict and substitute the ham for smoked salmon which is gorgeous. No slumming it on English muffins for these eggs, croissant it is!
If you’re feeling super indulgent, look no further than the new addition of the Baked Coconut Loaf French Toast. This is the famous VT coconut loaf like you’re never seen it before; paired with bananna, chocolate and a surprisingly delightful mascarpone cream. Need I say more?
If you’re going really crazy, pair it with one of their slabs in a cup. Choose from Mint, Plain or Macadamia and try not to go into a coma.
I have to confess though, when it comes to breakfast I love eating out just so I can get someone to make me runny scrambled eggs. Yes, it doesn’t sound appetizing to most but try it one and you’ll realise you’ve been eating your eggs wrong your entire life.
Enter the gorgeous 44 Stanley containing the best of what VT has to offer on it’s breakfast fare. Eggs done your way with pan roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and a corn cake. Substitute out the bacon for avo or haloumi (the latter is my preference) and you’ve got a winner in my books. It also comes with two slices of toast, the bread of your choice. While there are people in this world who would go for rye or sour dough, do yourself a favour and embrace the ciabatta that VT is famous for. Simple, straightforward and flavourful, I’m not sure what else your breakfast needs. Oh wait…
A latte. The coffee at VT is not my favourite thing. What with the slabs in cups and selection of Toni Glass teas, the coffee selection seems slightly ordinary in comparison. That said, maybe a slightly boring cup of coffee offers a nice counterpoint to all the incredible flavours you’ll be experiencing.
If you don’t feel like breakfast is a viable option for you since it requires a relatively early start, I would suggest that you instead grab dinner at the Parkhurst branch which appears to never close…or at least it closes well after 21h00.
On a Friday when there isn’t even standing room at Craft, VT is refreshingly spacious and beautifully decorated. If the weather is nice you can grab a seat in the cobblestone courtyard or in cold weather cosy up inside near the ovens, watching a non-stop bread-making machine.
You will be remiss if you do not, at the very least, sample the bruschetta board with three types of incredible toppings on the signature ciabatta. Otherwise, for the adventurous, the pear and gorgonzola burger is flawless but for the sweet potatoe fries which are to chunky for comfort.
Though VT isn’t halaal there are lots of halaal-friendly options and substitutions. The chickpea fritters are delicious as are the pizzas which employ the ciabatta dough for the base. In case you missed it, I’m pushing for the signature bread.
Verdict: Breakfast is nice, dinner is better. If you love fresh bread, fresh pasta, fresh anything then it’s a mystery why you haven’t been before.
All the VT branches can be found on the website vovotelo.co.za but for breakfast I recommend Shop 1 The Factory, Corner of Grant & Nellie Street, Norwood, Johannesburg and dinner should always be at Cobbles Centre, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst