Café Bem is the Por­tuguese Bom

Saturday Star - - SPORT -

There’s some­thing in the air and no, it’s not pollen. It’s peo­ple’s re­newed love for good food and, most im­por­tantly, know­ing where it was sourced and what’s in it.

With the ef­fect that food can have on our health, we have taken an in­ter­est in the sourc­ing of our food and an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple do not mind pay­ing top Ran­dela’s to pick what goes into some­thing as or­di­nary as their gra­nola.

Chef Lungi Nh­lanhla, who runs Lungi’s Cor­ner, a Dur­ban­based food ser­vice, and is a MasterChef alum­nus, thinks it’s about time we took a greater in­ter­est in where our food is from.

“There has be­come an aware­ness around health and well­ness and we are in­creas­ingly mak­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween our food and our health. It starts with where the food is sourced and how it is grown. It re­ally has a di­rect ef­fect at the qual­ity of life it adds to the con­sumer.”

Nh­lanhla, who was in the Top 5 of the first sea­son of M-Net’s MasterChef, has been on our radar be­cause of the de­signer gra­nola she makes, which has taken menu, one should try other dishes.

A va­ri­ety of scram­bled eggs and omelettes is avail­able, with op­tions of savoury mince, spinach, beef break­fast sausage or Parma ham.

There is also a health cor­ner which, be­sides the usual muesli, oats and honey, in­cludes poached eggs with mush­rooms, hick­ory ham or fresh tomato salsa.

The res­tau­rant has a bak­ery on the premises which bakes a range of tra­di­tional Por­tuguese cakes, bis­cuits, tarts and ris­soles, both sweet and savoury.

It is also a pop­u­lar venue for cof­fee meet­ings, lunches and light snacks be­cause of their va­ri­ety of smaller meals which in­clude “al­mafod­in­has”, home-made bread with dif­fer­ent fill­ings from the Dur­ban in­flu­encer scene by storm. The rea­son? They are sure that it’s good. “I’ve had an in­ter­est in food nu­tri­tion for the past year and af­ter lots of re­search I wanted to start cre­at­ing health foods and meals. I started with some­thing as sim­ple as a sig­na­ture gra­nola that has worked for me as I be­lieve you need to be able to en­joy what you pro­duce.” Here’s Nh­lanhla’s step-by-step guide into mak­ing sure your food is as good as it claims to be on the pack­age. R64. For the not-so-hun­gry, one can opt for a bite-size por­tion of these which are sub­stan­tially cheaper. Ris­soles, giblets, liver and trin­chado are also rea­son­ably priced.

Mini plates of fish and meat, from R62, as well as soups, sal­ads and prego rolls are also avail­able.

There is easy park­ing out­side the res­tau­rant, which is in a small shopping cen­tre.

Bem Bom is a favourite for bik­ers on Sun­days.

There is a play area for chil­dren and an out­side deck for those want­ing to en­joy the sum­mer sun.

The res­tau­rant also makes sweet and savoury plat­ters to take away.

There are branches in Eden­vale, Mead­ow­lands and Co­maro. The menus may vary at the dif­fer­ent out­lets.

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