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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
INDUSTRIAL: The Pasta Factory in Gardens.