Café Bem is the Portuguese Bom
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.