a lovely little tapas and wine bar on bree street

There are times when you walk into a restaurant or bar, breathe a sigh of relief and feel instantly at home.

French Toast on Bree street is one of those places for me.  The Building was an uninteresting costume hire shop that has been knocked into a space that is light and airy. With its exposed brick and ceiling beams, it’s New York meets Parisienne wine bar, in an eclectic mix of old and new with a feminine touch. All the seats are build for comfort, from the velvet banquettes to the leather bar stools. After sitting down, you are going to want to hang out for a while.

Hang out is what they want you to do.  Its not a formal eating place, and they dont take reservations but we went on a Thursday night and the place was buzzing and fairly full.

I really enjoyed the vibe.

They serve a plethroa of wines by the glass from an impressive and extensive winelist of more than 80 wines. They also offer ‘wine flights’ which are a selction of 3 wines of 50ml each, which is a really nice way to compare regions by cultivar.

The food is an array of generous portions of Mediterranean style tapas. They also have their signature french toast, which is really a french toast sandwich with banana and pecan nuts as the filling.  Served with a scoop of ice cream, this totally transported me into food heaven.

We had a selction of 6 tapas between the 2 of us, one bottle of wine and a flight of Sauvignon blanc and this was just perfect.

spicy prawns, grilled calamari and beef empanadas

It’s the perfect place to just pop into, meet a friend or conduct a casual business meeting.

patatas bravas with spicy tomato sauce, ricotta cakes and lamb skewers

Owned and run by the very warm and friendly Karin Visser and John Harrison, I can see myself becoming a bit of a regular.

French Toast: 199 Bree Street  Tel: 021 422 4084



  1. I really like the idea of the wine flights. I’d much rather have 3 small glasses of different wine. Great looking tapas too! I’m hungry now.

  2. Nina, I ate the french toast the next day at a meeting and its serioulsy the best I have ever eaten. Not too sweet or eggy, just light and fluffy.

  3. Sounds too divine, cant wait to meet you there for a light dinner!

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