Here, it?s all about what?s good for your body, and each dish and drink is packed to the brim with vitamins, minerals and enzymes. We decided to have dinner at Glow, but lunch is obviously the more popular choice, as the meals are quite light. Next up were two complimentary appetizers, which were both unexpected and superb (the avocado yoghurt was particularly good). Mains were a host of small dishes ? salt and pepper tofu with green papaya and exotic fruit salad, grilled tiger prawns with young coconut, pomelo and chilli paste salad (extraordinary flavours), a robust sour curry of ocean trout with pickled vegetables, and stir fried water spinach. Mark?s spiced chicken with zucchini spaghetti, lentils and tomato and basil salad was just as fresh, but not quite as multi-layered in flavour.
Opening times Breakfast is served daily from 6am to 11am, with all-day dining available from 11am to 9pm.
This week Dezeen is in Cape Town so here's a steampunk-inspired coffee shop in the city by South African designer Haldane Martin.
As the headquarters for local coffee chain Truth Coffee, the cafe occupies the ground floor of an ageing warehouse that Haldane Martin stripped bare as part of the renovation. A leather-covered bar runs along in front of the machine and is clad with shiny panels made from pressed tin, while bare lightbulbs and bells hang down from the exposed timber ceiling rafters. A seven-metre-long table runs through the centre of the space and was made using industrial pipes and the building's old ceiling panels.
Original cast-iron columns are dotted across the room, while new glass doors open the cafe out to the street. Past projects by designer Haldane Martin include lamps with ostrich-feather shades and the Slant shelving system. A turn of the century warehouse building on Buitenkant Street, in the Fringe innovation district of Cape Town, was stripped back to its bare bones, and transformed into a Steampunk coffee roastery, cafe and barista training school.
Truth Coffee approached us in 2011 to design the interiors of their cafes including a new 1500m? headquarters in Cape Town Fringe innovation district. We immediately came up with Steampunk as an appropriate conceptual reference, as both coffee roasters and espresso machines display elements of romantic, steam powered technology.
David Donde, the main face behind Truth, loved the idea, as this Victorian futuristic fantasy style and literary philosophy resonated strongly with his "maverick inventor" personality.
A three story, turn of the century, warehouse building on Buitenkant Street was chosen by the Truth partners to be their new headquarters. The leather top main bar, clad in pressed tin ceiling panels, is located symmetrically in front of the roaster shelving.
A small cocktail lounge of blue leather chesterfield couches and a crazy pipe bookshelf is located behind the original industrial lift and a raw steel staircase that leads to the upper floors.


The front cafe space is dominated by the longest table in Cape Town, a 7.2m long communal table with swing out stools.
The barista coffee school is located in the front right hand corner of the space and has a coffee & sandwich hatch open onto the sidewalk for passing pedestrians.
The kitchen, public event space, coffee bean warehouse, espresso machine repair workshop, and management office is located towards the back of the space.The owners of Truth Coffee demonstrated their understanding of the value of taking a concept all the way through to the finest details by allowing us to treat the restroom spaces with the same Steampunk aesthetic – exposed copper pipes, Victorian tap levers, pull chains and floor tiles, spun brass basins, and brass shaving mirrors. With the exception of the authentic vintage fixtures, all of the furniture was specifically designed for Truth Coffee by Haldane Martin and his interior design team. In fact, most hotel restaurants are so concerned with decadence and flavour that health often falls by the wayside. That said, I went for the set menu and was completely full by the end of it ? it seemed an endless array of dishes kept coming from the kitchen! There?s an extensive list of extractions or blends ? we chose the young coconut and vanilla pod blend, and the mango, honey, yoghurt and cardamon blend. My set menu offered organic chicken, coconut and galangal broth for a starter ? a hot, spicy soup with all kinds of flavours resulting in an explosion of taste. It came with an exotic fruit salad with lemongrass granita, which was deliciously fresh, and Mark?s chocolate and coconut pudding with fresh banana and passion fruit sorbet was similarly superb. The food is so fresh it will redefine what you think of when you hear the phrase ?fresh food?. This includes high-backed leather seating booths, steel tables with ornate profiles and smaller tables shaped like giant cogs. Stools swing out from underneath and power sockets hang overhead as charging points for laptops and mobile phones. With the exception of the authentic vintage fixtures, all of the furniture was specifically designed for Truth Coffee by Haldane Martin. We were briefed to deepen Truth Coffee’s brand identity and promote their coffee roastery business through interior design.
Steampunk's obsession with detail and sensual aesthetics also captured the essence of Truth Coffee’s product philosophy – We roast coffee.
David worked closely with us throughout the design process, and he and his one business partner Mike Morritt-Smith, physically built many of the designs that we developed for them.
The building was stripped back to its bare bones, exposing beautiful cast iron pillars, Oregon pine roof trusses and floors, and original stone and brick walls.
The 600m? ground floor was kept as Truth’s headquarters and needed to include a 120 seat restaurant, cafe, bar and kitchen, their newly acquired 3 ton Probat roaster, a barista trainee school, public event space, coffee bean warehouse, espresso machine workshop, management office, and restrooms. Once this was located centrally on the ground floor plan, everything else fell naturally into place.


Purpose designed overstuffed, leather and steel, chairs, barstools and copper clad tables create a formal raised dining area in front of the bar.
It is built from industrial pipe, malleable castings, and a table top made from Oregon pine reclaimed from the building's stripped out ceilings.
The over scaled cog teeth on the edges of the Cafe tables tops, encourage groups of patrons to engage tables together to facilitate larger informal gatherings. Vintage steel stools and old worn school desks placed on the sidewalk create the ideal environment for a quick coffee break for the creative entrepreneurs that work in the area. The Little Hattery also created the most outlandish Steampunk uniforms and hats for the eccentric staff to complete the look. Not so with Glow, the Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok?s all-natural and organic health food restaurant. I?d heard talk of this mango and black sticky rice dessert (it?s a favourite among Thais, apparently), but I?d never tasted it. It?s also full of unexpected flavours and textures, with strong Thai staples like coconut and pineapple in almost every dish. We also opened up the ground floor facade onto busy Buitenkant Street with a series of tall steel and glass doors. We surrounded the roaster machine with a 6m diameter circular steel shelving structure, reminiscent of a Victorian gasworks.
A series of 5 horseshoe shaped, deep buttoned, high backed, banquet seats run down the right hand wall of the space. A flickering candle bulb lighting and power cable installation hangs over the table, cleverly providing laptop and cellphone charging access for the cafe patrons. Mark chose the Glow Caesar Salad, with wholewheat croutons and tofu aioli, which was excellent. I was extremely sceptical, it?s not a particularly pretty dish, and I still find the idea of rice for dessert a little odd.
Most of the buildings natural, aged patina was kept intact and complimented with raw steel, timber, leather, brass, and copper finishes. I was totally wrong, it turned out to be absolutely delicious - delicately flavoured, sweet and nutty and refreshing all at once.



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