Homely, com­fort food that’ll fill you up for the day

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Restau­rant: Café Clas­sique Ad­dress: Shop 22, West­gate Mall, Mitchells Plain Con­tact num­ber: 021 374 8988 Op­er­at­ing hours: Mon­day to Thurs­day 9am to 6pm, Fri­day 9am to 8pm, Satur­day 8am to 6pm, Sun­day 9am to 2.30pm Dish: West­gate Break­fast Price: R45.90

KOWTHAR SOLOMONS

IN SEARCH of a break­fast that would fill me up but not slow me down, I sat down for a hearty break­fast at Café Clas­sique in West­gate Mall.

This café dif­fers from its coun­ter­parts by of­fer­ing homely, com­fort food favoured by the lo­cals of Mitchells Plain.

Meals range from a light break­fast with eggs, vi­en­nas, chips and toast to chops and steak for oth­ers who are more dar­ing with their first meal of the day.

They of­fer four choices for break­fast de­pend­ing on your crav­ings – from the Petit Break­fast (R25.90) for a light meal, to the Clas­sique Break­fast (R48.90) for those want­ing a real start to the day.

I chose the West­gate Break­fast which is usu­ally an egg, two chops, sausage, chips, sal­ads, two slices of toast and cof­fee or tea.

I de­cided to go big and found that the meal was sur­pris­ingly light.

I swapped the egg for a steak which was well cooked, ten­der and juicy. The masala sauce, onions and pep­per com­ple­mented the meat with­out over­pow­er­ing it.

If you didn’t like an item on the menu, as I did when I de­cided to forgo the egg, it can be swapped for another item to make sure the value of the meal doesn’t change.

My col­league went for the Petit Ex­tra (R29.90): two eggs, two vi­en­nas, steak, chips, tomato, two slices of toast and tea or cof­fee.

He or­dered his egg done medium, but thought it was over­cooked and dry.

My sausage was served in a gen­er­ous por­tion and al­though it was a bit oily, it tasted very good.

I washed the meal down with a cap­puc­cino (R14.90) served with cin­na­mon sprinkles, some­thing which felt more nos­tal­gic in com­par­i­son to the usual choco­late sprinkles of to­day.

Owner Imran Palekar said they set up shop in the West­gate Mall about two years ago.

Their most pop­u­lar dishes were the Petit Break­fast in the morn­ings and a T-bone Plat­ter (R36.90) for lunch.

“We’ve tried other styles of food, but at the end, our homely-style of food works best in Mitchells Plain. Peo­ple may think the food is a bit ‘heavy’ for break­fast, but steak and chops are just part of a much larger menu,” said Parker.

The ser­vice was a bit of a mixed bag. We ar­rived just af­ter open­ing time and were seated very quickly; how­ever, one of the wait­ers wiped down our ta­ble af­ter we had taken out seats.

We had mul­ti­ple wait­ers, which made things a bit con­fus­ing at times. The one was en­thu­si­as­tic and dot­ing while the other seemed dis­in­ter­ested; but, they some­how bal­anced each other out to make sure things ran smoothly.

Some­times, we just be­come so bom­barded by health warn­ings that we for­get food is meant to be en­joyed and while the food at Café Clas­sique may be a bit greasy, as all com­fort food should be, it’s sat­is­fy­ing to have a meal that tastes good and ac­tu­ally fills your stom­ach.

kowthar.solomons@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: THOMAS HOLDER

HOME­STYLE COOK­ING: Café Clas­sique serves up home style food.

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