The per­fect spot for a quiet din­ner

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FOOD AND DRINK - ME­GAN BAAD­JIES

BY DAY lux­ury cof­fee shop and pas­try café Coco Sa­far is the per­fect spot to set up your lap­top or meet for a ca­sual cof­fee date.

By night it trans­forms into a cosy space where guests can en­joy the new din­ner menu and a sweet treat. The dim lights and soft mu­sic cre­ate the per­fect set­ting for a quiet din­ner.

Our wel­come drinks were served at the cold brew sta­tion – a blood or­ange Bellini paired with a crispy bread pocket pil­low.

The pocket pil­low is filled with an olive oil ice cream with a hint of salt and gar­nished with basil.

There is the op­tion of a two- or three-course menu with ei­ther a com­pli­men­tary glass of wine or a non-al­co­holic drink from the mixol­ogy bar.

We chose from the three-course menu and, ex­cept for three, the dishes were ei­ther ve­gan or veg­e­tar­ian and gluten-free.

For starters, I had a pan­roasted cau­li­flower steak with leek veloute, oats and olive oil crum­ble.

My dining part­ner had the for­ager’s salad which is a bowl of broc­coli, beet­root, pick­led car­rots, or­ange, red berries, herb-in­fused cu­cum­ber and hand-picked botan­i­cals.

I en­joyed my part­ner’s salad more than my own dish.

The main course was a tough choice be­tween slow-cooked smoked brisket with ca­per pomme purée, braised cab­bage, char­grilled baby gem, lightly pick­led cu­cum­ber and root veg­eta­bles and the os­trich lasagne, made with bechamel and mush­room soil.

As I set­tled for the lat­ter, I was ex­pect­ing the tra­di­tional square filled with meat and topped with cheese. I was wrong.

I have never had, and en­joyed, a bowl of lasagne with­out cheese.

Al­though the fill­ing was a quite rich, the crunchy mush­room soil bal­anced it well.

The meat was also per­fectly cooked and soft to the bite.

There was no way I was go­ing to fin­ish it all, so asked for take­away so I could have the rest at home.

Dessert was an­other nice sur­prise – an olive oil ganache with mint pan­na­cotta on a sponge, picked ap­ple and cu­cum­ber, ap­ple and lemon thyme ice cream, fen­nel and mi­cro co­rian­der salad and frozen yo­ghurt pow­der.

Who knew cu­cum­ber, ap­ples and ice cream tasted so good to­gether?

Coco Sa­far is in the Artem Cen­tre Main Road, Sea Point.

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