One chilli omelette com­ing up

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFUN - WENDYL MARTIN

WHAT started out as a re­quest for break­fast from e.tv staff who work nearby turned a pasta fac­tory and restau­rant into a tasty place to ex­per­i­ment with break­fast.

This week, a col­league and I were wan­der­ing around Park Road in Gar­dens, when we found a rather in­dus­trial restau­rant called The Pasta Fac­tory.

Although it’s not on their menu, they started serv­ing break­fast spe­cials be­cause part of their foot traf­fic in­cludes e.tv staff who walk through the cafe to get to their of­fices at the Long Kloof Stu­dios, where the broad­caster is based. You can look for­ward to see­ing weath­er­man Derek van Dam whizzing by as you chomp on your toast and egg, if that’s your thing.

I tried an omelette for R35 – which in­cludes three of their pizza top­pings as fill­ing. I set­tled on chilli, spinach and feta. I was hop­ing to repli­cate some­thing like Nando’s peri-peri spinach, and it worked. The com­bi­na­tion of those three fill­ings made for the kind of spicy vegetable meal I like and it tasted as fiery as I wanted.

I sug­gest try­ing this restau­rant if you are the ad­ven­tur­ous type who plays off the menu.

To drink, I had a freshly squeezed pineap­ple and orange juice for R24. It was a warm pulpy mix.

My col­league opted for the cia­batta spe­cial for R28. He chose a ham, egg and tomato fill­ing, but chicken and salami were also op­tions. Café: The Pasta Fac­tory Ad­dress: 2C Park Road 021 423 3003 Twit­ter: @pastafac­to­ryct Op­er­at­ing hours: Mon­day to Fri­day from 8am to 11pm and Satur­days from 11am to 11pm. Dish eaten: Omelette with chilli, spinach and feta Price: R35

The ham was “smoky” and the bread and let­tuce fresh. He re­marked that the cia­batta was very fill­ing while plough­ing his way through the large sand­wich.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Katha­rina Thiema says the fac­tory has been here for seven years and that cus­tomers in­clude busi­ness peo­ple from Gar­dens, many look­ing for a quiet spot for lunch meet­ings.

Their more pop­u­lar dishes, she says, are their piz­zas.

The Pasta Fac­tory pro­duces the pasta it serves on site and sup­plies stores and air­lines. This is smartly re­flected in the restau­rant’s in­dus­trial theme, com­plete with a tin roof and ex­posed pipes.

Watch out for their daily lunch spe­cial – a pizza, pasta or salad for R33.

Their choice of mu­sic, though, as a sound­track to a week­day morn­ing break­fast, was a bit heavy. Hard rock tunes were played for most of the morn­ing. The ta­bles are dec­o­rated with typ­i­cal red ging­ham table­cloths.

Condi­ments at the ta­ble were the sort you would ex­pect for a pizza/pasta joint, in­clud­ing chilli and jalapeño sauces.

The Pasta Fac­tory is well lit by nat­u­ral light which fil­ters through the big win­dows and glass doors, but it is also se­cluded and hid­den. The Long Kloof Stu­dios car park of­fers a lit­tle view of the moun­tain.

The Pasta Fac­tory has plenty of seat­ing, much of which is on smart­look­ing bar stools.

And don’t stress about count­ing cash to split a bill. The Pasta Fac­tory has guest cards for cus­tomers, so you can leave when you ready, swipe it and pay. There is no in­tim­i­dat­ing black bill book. Twit­ter: @Wendyl­martin wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: BRAN­DON VAN DER MESCHT

IN­DUS­TRIAL: The Pasta Fac­tory in Gar­dens.

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