A dark door marks the entrance to the latest, brilliant addition to the West Lynn shops on Richmond Road. It’s name—Honey Bones—is announced in bold, gold letters on the front window. Step inside and you’ll find polished concrete, brass accent and solid paneled tables. Cool and urban, this is one cafe that will quickly become your new local!
Owner Hugo Baird (of Crumb Cafe fame), describes it as a hands-on process—he soured the furniture himself and he even built the front counter late one Friday night after a few beers! And, an epic wooden menu and steel art piece by Ken Griffen takes pride of place on the walls.
Unsurprisingly, Coffee Supreme is the bean of choice at Honey Bones. And, it’s just as you would expect—expertly made and served with a cheeky grin.
The cabinet is packed with sumptuous sandwiches, golden scones and fruit muffins. You’ll also find delicious smoothies, house lemonade and loose leaf tea.
Head Chef Reginaldo Richard, of Odettes fame, is whipping up all sorts of delights in the kitchen. The seasonal menu marries simple flavours with faultless technique and it’s safe to say, this is not your usual café fare.
Our pick is the Turkish poached eggs—afloat in yogurt Tahini, with delicately sautéed mushrooms, spicy harissa oil, crispy sage and a thick slice of warmed sourdough, it is truly something to behold.
Or, opt for a bagel with house-cured salmon, creamy whipped feta, pan fried greens and Pistau—a provincial French sauce made of garlic, fresh basil and olive oil.
We also recommend the red rice pudding. Served warm with macadamia crumble, coconut, and a bounty of fresh mango on top, it’s deliciously warming.
Relishes, chutneys and the gluten free loaf are all made onsite, and even the sardines are smoked in house.
“It keeps them busy back there,” smiles Hugo.
Whether you’re grabbing a coffee and takeaways on the run or dining in for a fully mint brunch, Honey Bones hits all the spots and is bound to be a fast favorite with the well-heeled locals.
Image credit: Kate Rose