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Lazari – Cape Quarter

28 Jan

Gardens used to hold a very special place in my heart – not least because I lived in the towering block of the Gardens Centre, but also because it is the home of Lazari (think pink cupcakes and absolutely delicious breakfasts entailing french toast made out of croissants!) Now that I have moved, I find myself not popping into my old spot as often. How pleased I was to find that Lazari has opened a second restaurant in Green Point’s Cape Quarter. This new location is also open in the evenings and so the three Sarahs (yes, there are three of us and I could have invited at least two more!) took advantage of another beautiful Cape Town evening and opportunity for a good meal.

The new Lazari has kept the same fresh feeling of the original, with white decor and whorls of dots on the walls. As with the original, though, the menu has stayed better geared toward lunch and breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, all of us were able to find something yummy for supper, but the entire feeling of the menu is “light daytime”. The choices range from pasta to burgers and salads, with only one steak dish. The healthy Sarahs both opted for a special, goat’s cheese and date phyllo parcels on an apple salad. Strangely, the chef seemed to have forgotten the apple! The salad did however, include lots of avo and the parcels were melt-in-the-mouth tasty. I chose my regular safe bet of a chicken burger. I was presented with toasted ciabatta, filled with pieces of chicken breast with caramelised onions and mustard on the side. Not quite what I would define as a burger – but it was delicious. The chicken was tender and the onions stayed on the right side of sweet. Oh, and the chips were pretty good.

We paired out meal with a bottle of D’Aria Music Sauvignon Blanc. I’m no expert, but is was very drinkable and the price of only R85 suited my pocket. All in all, while the evening was pleasant and the service fairly efficient, I don’t think I will be going back to Lazari at night – the restaurant didn’t afford much of an atmosphere and I like to have a large variety of choices for dinner. Bring it on for breakfast, lunch and the amazing pink cupcakes, but I will save my night time jaunts for other places in Cape Town. Possibly Lazari should have stuck with the original concept in more ways than simply design and cupcakes?

Lazari, Cape Quarter – Cnr Upper Maynard & Vredehoek Ave,  021 461 9865, Breakfast R28+, Lunch and dinner R50 +, Monday-Tuesday 7.30-17.00, Wednesday-Saturday 8.00-22.00

Raw Cafe

8 Aug

Raw Cafe is one of those places that gets the small details right. The best bit for a coffee and cookie lover like myself is that when you order a hot drink, it comes in a lovely mug with a cookie, specially cut out to hang on the side of the mug. But there is also so much more that puts is as one of my new local haunts.

Raw Cafe is on the ultra cool Derry Street which boasts so many eating spots. It stands out from the crowd with its cool, airy atmosphere and sparse design. It makes the perfect place for a quiet cup of coffee alone, or a good catch up with friends. While the waitresses can be absentminded, they are soon back on your side as soon as you give them a friendly wave or smile. You too might be distracted from your food if you are there when Ralph, the local Husky puppy, is visiting – he is too cute and will cheer up anyone’s day

There is so much choice on the menu. They serve brekkie til 12 and also have salads, soup, sarmies and delicious smelling pot pies. There is plenty of choice for vegetarians, but this is by no means veggie hangout only. Salads take on a new meaning here – I have never been one for rabbit food, but they jazzed up my rocket salad with delicious gluhwein-poached pears, brie and parma ham – wow! This might not be the best place if you are looking for deep fried comfort food, as there are no chips on the menu, but you’ll be spoilt for choice in any other way. Be sure to pick up a vanilla cupcake on your way out or with your coffee and this will be comfort enough!

The prices at Raw are pretty good. I was impressed with my salad, mentioned above, with a plethora of fairly pricey ingredients only added to R44, and the other meals were all around this fair price.

Get yourself down to Raw for a breath of fresh air and fresh coffee. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Raw: 21 Derry Street, Vredehoek, 021 4617648, Coffees: R12+ Brekkie: R28+           Mains: R30+, Service: Some-what slow, but at least it has a smile!