De­li­ciously fill­ing, good-value veg­e­tar­ian fare

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODSTUFF -

Cafe: Nooka Ad­dress: 20 Roe­land Street Phone: 021 461 0691 Hours: Monday through Satur­day, 8am to mid­night Dish eaten: Omelette Sand­wich Price: R35

AN­TOINETTE ISAMA

TUCKED along Roe­land Street, Nooka opened ear­lier this month as a cof­fee shop with veg­e­tar­ian food avail­able un­til late.

One can see and feel Nooka’s “be­spoke”-meets-ur­ban flair through the decor and the cu­rated world mu­sic that plays through the speak­ers. I caught my­self nod­ding my head to the beat a few times, hop­ing no one was watch­ing.

With the ex­posed brick, shades of grey from the walls and fur­ni­ture, and the pops of colour through the geo­met­ric light fix­tures, ply­wood pan­elling and plants, the open space gave one room to spread out to eat – or even work.

I’m no veg­e­tar­ian, so I took eating break­fast with­out my go-to ba­con or sausage as a chal­lenge. Keep­ing it sim­ple with their clas­sic omelette sand­wich, it sur­prised me how fill­ing it was at R35. Af­ter eating half of it with a small Amer­i­cano at R16, I had to take the rest with me to work to munch on later.

In-be­tween the freshly-baked bread were lay­ers of two eggs, cream cheese, mixed greens, sliced cu­cum­ber, and toma­toes with a small side of crunchy sweet potato chips.

Break­fast sand­wiches can be hit-ormiss (let alone meatless ones), but this one was well worth it. One com­po­nent didn’t over­power the other, and the hint of basil aioli that I got with each bite made it even more en­joy­able. The cof­fee that ac­com­pa­nied my sand­wich and the friendly ser­vice I re­ceived showed me that this cafe pays at­ten­tion to de­tail and qual­ity of cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

It would be best to sit and en­joy your food at Nooka, but take­aways are also avail­able. There are plenty more healthy fare on their menu that caught my eye, so I will make my way back there soon. an­toinette.isama@inl.co.za Twit­ter:@An­toinet­teIsama

LAY­ERS: The clas­sic omelette sand­wich at Nooka.

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