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Posted on: Friday, 8 March 2013

Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali – A Review

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Welcome to  Sage Café

Welcome to Sage Café

Every girl needs a happy place and for me, that place is Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali.  Situated in the ‘newer’ part of Umhlali, Sage focuses on healthy, freshly prepared meals ranging from breakfasts to light snacks, lunches and delicious cakes.

Some of the delights on offer for breakfast are mushrooms on toast (absolutely delicious and an enormous portion to boot), Eggs Benedict, a traditional breakfast, a range of omelettes, the ever popular Sage flapjacks served with bacon, potato rosti with smoked salmon and wholewheat toast with cream cheese, anchovette paste, capers, rocket and Parmesan.  Prices for breakfast dishes range from R46 – R48.

The bakery provides a range of freshly made croissants, muffins and homemade cakes – all perfect companions for a cappuccino!

If I’m at Sage for lunch I often opt for one of their lighter meal options: a firm favourite of mine are the aubergine and Parmesan fritters served with a pesto and yoghurt dressing.  They never disappoint!  Other options are mushroom risotto cakes or chicken livers. The livers are on the menu at R44 while the other two dishes are R48.


Sage Cafe


If you need something a bit more substantial than that try one of the woodfired pizzas or perhaps a toasted sandwich.  There is certainly enough choice on the menu for everyone.

Seating at Sage is either indoors or outside under the trees or on the wooden deck. There is also a fairly large section under cover.  Parents will be pleased to know there is ample entertainment for busy children and a child minder is on hand too.

A massive drawing card for me is not only the terrific food and atmosphere at Sage but also that they have an on-site mini ‘salon’ offering manicures, pedicures and massage – all at a very reasonable rate.


Sage Cafe


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Contact Details for Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali:
Sage can be found at 1 Old Fort Road, Umhlali.
They are open from 08h00 to 16h00, 7 days a week.
Bookings are essential.
Telephone +27 (0)32 525-8059.


Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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