Eatery cooks up tasty, ca­sual Mid­dle East­ern cui­sine for your en­tire fam­ily

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

JAN CRONJE

Cafe: Cooked Ad­dress: The Water­shed mar­ket, the V&A Wa­ter­front Hours: 10am to 7pm daily Dish Eaten: Nivik chick­pea stew Cost: R78 IF YOU have spent the morn­ing shop­ping in the Water­shed at the V&A Wa­ter­front or taken the kids to the Two Oceans Aquar­ium, Cooked is an easy and ca­sual place to stop off for a bite to eat.

On the Water­shed’s ground floor, the restau­rant of­fers fast and fuss-free Mid­dle East­ern and Mediter­ranean-in­spired cui­sine for break­fast, lunch and sup­per.

Like a sushi bar, it dis­plays a se­lec­tion of daily meals on a counter, where you also or­der and col­lect meals.

At brunch on a Sun­day these spe­cials in­cluded a lamb burger (R65), falafel khoubis or flat­bread, (R95), a mezze board (R85) and the nivik chick­pea stew (R78).

I or­dered the nivik chick­peas, which come with a mush­room and egg-filled phyllo pas­try square. It was very good. The chick­peas, still firm, came in a del­i­cately-spiced tomato sauce.

The filling in the phyllo pas­try was de­li­ciously oozy and the creami­ness of the egg and mush­room com­ple­mented the spice of the rest of the dish.

The restau­rant also has a se­lec­tion of soups and latkes (potato pan­cakes) for be­tween R35 and R45 that you can top with salmon and cream cheese, slow-roasted lamb or ba­con and egg. The eatery has a re­laxed air. You can bring your chil­dren after ad­mir­ing the clown­fish ex­hibit at the Two Oceans Aquar­ium, or have a cap­puc­cino while re­view­ing your loot from the stores at the Water­shed mar­ket.

For dessert, try the orig­i­nal baked cheese­cake.

Cooked is open daily be­tween 10am and 7pm.

The eas­i­est way to find it is to en­ter the Water­shed at the en­trance near­est the aquar­ium. jan.cronje@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: JAN CRONJE

A dish of nimik chick­peas at Cooked, a ca­sual eatery in the Water­shed at the V&A Wa­ter­front.

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