Sim­ple food just like mama used to make

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Restau­rant: The Cousins Ad­dress: 3b Bar­rack Street, CBD Con­tact: 021 461 3168 E-mail: the­ Trade hours: Mon­day to Fri­day: break­fast 8.30am to 10.30am, lunch noon to 2.30pm, din­ner 6pm to 9pm. Satur­day: 6pm to 9pm. Sun­day: closed Dish: English break­fast Price: R72


BAR­RACK Street is prob­a­bly one of the least busy streets in Cape Town and has lit­tle to of­fer in terms of restau­rants, but it does of­fer a spot where you can hang out and en­joy break­fast.

The Cousins is an Ital­ian restau­rant run by cousins Si­mone Bri­g­anti and An­drea Biondi, hence the name of the restau­rant.

They are from Ro­magna on Italy’s Adri­atic coast.

I chose a ta­ble be­side a big win­dow with a nice view of the street and tow­er­ing build­ings.

From the English break­fast op­tions, I choose ba­con rash­ers, fried eggs, a sausage, sautéed mush­rooms and two slices of white toast.

When my plate was placed in front of me, the whiff gets my taste buds tin­gling, I spot­ted a sign on the menu board, which read “buon appetito”. I nod­ded in agree­ment.

Acous­tic mu­sic played in the back­ground.

I en­joyed the break­fast so much that if I was at home I would have had sec­onds.

I or­dered a cup of cof­fee and a cap­puc­cino for my col­league.

The restau­rant has Ital­ian el­e­ments through­out, and friendly ser­vice to match.

En­joy­ing my cof­fee, I had a chat with Kieran – a Ger­man waiter who started work­ing there two weeks ago.

“(This restau­rant) is known for its home­made pasta,” he says.

One of the own­ers, Si­mone Bri­g­anti, was around and he was very friendly.

I loved the way he said, “buon appetito” in his heavy Ital­ian ac­cent.

Af­ter break­fast, he told me more about the restau­rant. He said he and his cousin had lived in Cape Town for sev­eral years.

“We felt there was no place in the city where you could find the sim­ple, au­then­tic Ital­ian food that we re­ally know how to make,” he said, and that’s how the idea for the restau­rant came about.


FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: The Cousins Restau­rant in Bar­rack Street.

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