Aside from the unique, somewhat incongruous Cape-Dutch architecture, the other most eye-catching feature of Olives & Plates is the massive cake table that greets you at the entrance. On our last visit we counted more than 20 different cakes sheltered under giant glass bell jars. And these weren't just your average Victoria sponges. There were rocky road, black forest and red velvet gateauxs, a sumptuous soft cheesecake made with a layer of crunchy peanut butter brittle, a towering multi-layered vanilla chocolate mousse cake (highly recommended) and even homemade marshmallows and fudges to take home.
The bulging menu runs to several pages and may take you longer to choose from than it actually does to eat. There's everything from Greek souvlakia, pasta, schnitzels and gourmet burgers to Middle Eastern salads, steaks and classic pies topped with crispy filo pastry and a wide variety of vegetarian options.
All the dishes arrive beautifully presented and generously portioned, and it is only the more than reasonable prices (starting from R50 for a burger or salad), and perhaps the occasional bespectacled professor with their head buried in a pile of exam papers, that remind you that you're actually in the middle of a university campus.
If you are visiting the excellent Origins Centre which is also in the Wits University campus, Olives & Plates is a worthy spot for lunch afterwards, although bear in mind that the cafe is situated at least 10minutes walk away down the hill. The cafe is located closest to the Yale Road entrance of the campus near to Empire Road. Note that when you enter campus you will need to sign in and get a visitor's slip from the guard. Olives & Plates also has a casual canteen-style cafe in the Wits Art Museum.
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Cnr Yale Rd and Enoch Sontonga Ave, Wits University campus, Braamfontein
Wits Art Museum (WAM)
Cnr Bertha and Jorissen Sts, Braamfontein
Home to an extraordinary collection of African art, including contemporary and historical art from across the continent. WAM offers a dynamic programme of events and exhibitions, whilst maintaining a fantastic permanent collection. Drop in Drawing ses