Homely, comfort food that’ll fill you up for the day
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
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.
HOMESTYLE COOKING: Café Classique serves up home style food.