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Mugg & Bean (South Africa)
Member Name: Essexgirl2006
Mugg & Bean (South Africa)
Advantages: Good value, extensive menu,
Disadvantages: Little wait for food, franchise - so experience may vary
Mugg and Bean are a large coffee shop and casual dining chain in South Africa. I had seen several branches during my travels through the Western Cape but I didn't get to experience one for myself until Hermanus. Hermanus is the main point for whale watching tours and we were certainly peckish after our time on the water. The boats are in a slightly different part of Hermanus but it is not far away. This branch is situated in the main shopping part of the town, on the edge of a shopping centre. It doesn't have its own lavatories as I understand it - you have to use the shopping centre ones which are accessed by a small coin, so keep some change handy. Unless of course you time it well and someone is coming out as you go in (as we did).
The restaurant is waiter service and as it was a sunny afternoon we got seats outside on the street. The menu is very extensive and it took a while to decide what to have. They do a range of breakfasts - from traditional cooked ones to omelettes or croissants. I went for a sandwich - the Veggie Patch at R58.90 (£5.12/$7.85) - which was halloumi cheese with creamed spinach, mushrooms and tomato on a large toasted bap type bread. This was accompanied by your choice of salad or chips and I opted for the chips which were substantial chunky fries. The portion was a good size for lunch and I didn't quite finish it. It tasted delicious and had the opportunity presented itself I would have eaten in a Mugg & Bean again and possibly ordered this dish again. Other sandwiches included Steak Stack and herby chicken along with some wraps and salads. They also offered main meals such as burgers and lasagne, as well as lighter bites (they called them nibbles) like nachos, quiches and toasted sandwiches. They seemed a little bit more substantial than what I call nibbles and I think you are unlikely to go hungry. In addition they have a range of cakes, scones and muffins.
As a coffeehouse type place you can, of course, get coffee and other hot drinks as well as juices and sodas. I believe they also sell alcoholic beverages.
I really enjoyed my lunch here - I thought the food was of a good standard, from a varied and substantial menu, as well as excellent value for money. We had a little wait for the food, but we were a party of eight and often found this. I do recommend trying this chain if ever you are in South Africa. I believe they are franchise, which can sometimes be hit and miss, but I think it is worth the risk.
Mugg & Bean
4 Market Square
Summary: A good coffee shop/casual dining chain in South Africa