Grayz Coffee Shop

By complete chance, one of our foodies stumbled upon a hidden gem of a cafe in Pretoria East. Lads and lasses, meet Grayz Coffee Shop – the family-owned eatery you've been waiting for.

Mark Twain once said that writers should write what they know. If there is one thing I know, it's brunch. But before we jump into fully fledged review mode, let's draw a comparison between Grayz Coffee Shop and a similar cafe in Johannesburg – just because they remind me so much of each other. There's this place in Melville called Cafe De La Creme. They open at the crack of dawn and serve the freshest pastries in town. It's one of my personal favourite brunch spots in the city of gold. It's one of those places where you can't help but feel at home. From the quirky decor to the friendly staff, there's something almost familiar about it... like visiting that aunt of yours in Potch who travels around the world and brings pretty little trinkets back with her.

"Well, that's good and all but where is he going with this?" you might be thinking right about now. Fair enough. The idea is to write what you know, and Grayz Coffee Shop in Pretoria East has surpassed my favourite poached egg joint in Joburg – by far.

Grayz Coffee Shop and eatery is the new kid on the block in the Boardwalk Lakeside Office Park, overlooking the Moreleta River, ponds and beautiful gardens. Grayz Coffee Shop is the kind of place where you head for brunch with the family and end up staying for dinner. It's one of the most welcoming and homely eateries I've visited in a while. From owners David and Taryn Gray greeting you like long-lost family at the door to the quips tossed around by the waiters, Grayz has the vibe best suited for a relaxed dining experience. With decades of experience in the hospitality industry, David and Taryn run a tight ship. Their passion for food and excellent service is on par with that can be found on the menu, which changes with the season.

Favourites on the menu for would be the eggs Benedict (yeah, yeah I am predictable like that) which consists of a toasted English muffin halved and topped with hickory ham, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce served with grilled baby tomatoes. Another dish that counts my fancy would be the taco salad (salad greens topped with crispy taco crisps, spicy grilled chicken, black beans, avo, grilled corn, feta, salsa and sour cream). Their quiche of the day is beautiful – I can write poetry all day about it – and is served with either French fries or a salad.  One thing that interests the foodie in me is the fact that their menu does not prescribe to a set cuisine (like Italian) but kind of travels from continent to continent, keeping the best dishes on board. An eatery that serves paella and pork belly steamed buns on the same menu is all right in my books.

Grayz Coffee Shop also serves their very own pastries and cakes. This ranges from cakes, pastries and cheese cakes of the day, rich muffins and scones. Drinks include milkshakes, smoothies, fresh juices, and great tasting coffees.

You see, there's something to that Mark Twain saying, write what you know. The only thing is, the "know" in my case was replaced with something that far exceeded the benchmark. Well done to the family-owned Grayz Coffee Shop. I highly recommend you go check them out.

By Shawn Greyling

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