Friday, May 30, 2014

Tsogo Sun: Cafe Vigour

Yesterday I was invited to the official launch of Tsogo Sun's new bistro styled coffee shop Cafe Vigour. It falls part of the Vigour and Verve brand that is run by Tsogo Sun but on a smaller scale and is aimed more for their casino resorts. The one at Suncoast is the first in the country and opened its doors in April this year, so far its proven to be a hit with the locals with over 12,000 guests served since. 

The decor of the shop is very unique and chic, it offers the patrons a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere with their large lounge type arm chairs and warm lighting. The shop is located close to the entrance of the complex so if you want to pop in for a quick cup or a bite to eat, one doesn't have to venture through the building to get there. 

Upon arrival I was greeting by Suncoast's PR Manager, Nicole East who told me more about the place and the idea behind the concept. We were treated to a tasting plate prepared by Executive Chef, Justin Oliver which had some of the various items on the menu for us to sample. The plate consisted of:

  • mini french toast stack with grilled banana and bacon with syrup
  • mini tandoori lamb pizza
  • salmon fishcake on a sweet thai stir fry
  • smoked salmon and avo wrap
  • and to end off a Durban classic, mini butter bean and lamb bunny chow. 
All the components to each item was brilliant with the different flavours taking your taste buds on an adventure of sweet, to savoury and spicy. The food on offer in the menu has a good variety and strays away from your typical boring coffee shop food with that touch of chic that the brand is trying to build. So apart from getting your breakfast options, sandwiches, cakes and muffins, there is a lovely selection of burgers, pizzas and wraps. 

We ended off the way we started, on a sweet note with crispy, fresh, waffles covered in warm syrup and ice cream with some sweets. It was a fitting way to end a great morning spent with the team at Tsogo Sun Suncoast. The next Cafe Vigour planned is at Silverstar Casino in Gauteng.

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