By Rafiek Mammon
There is a new kid in town. The Daily Coffee Café in the Seaside Village in Bloubergstrand. And it is, how shall I put it, quaint, relaxed and homely, with a plethora of tastes on its menu.
I am terrible like that. Usually when one looks at a menu one looks for something that’ll tickle the taste buds. I, on the other hand, look for mistakes: spelling or otherwise. I am happy to report: not one was found at The Daily – not even on the “specials” blackboard against the wall. And this, I must add, on an extensive menu that may truly call itself diverse. And what I mean by diverse is that it caters to practically all tastes – from vegetarians to meat lovers and from lighter meals to banting fans.
Then, it has to be mentioned, many places, in the name of “diversity” run the risk of being pretentious – moving with the times, wanting so desperately to “fit in” with modern-day living. And, mostly they charge an arm and a leg (which might be okay for those wanting to shed a kilo or three ha…ha) for very little food. And store owners are fully aware that those in desperate pursuit of upward mobility believe the more exotic-sounding the dish, the less there is on the plate, and the more you have to pay, the more you have arrived – telling everyone: “You must go check out this new place that I discovered…”
This is not the case with The Daily. Prices and portions are reasonable and it has its feet firmly on the ground, calling the dishes by names that actually tell you what they are! Try the vegetarian salad (R65) or perhaps the fish cakes with wasabi mayonnaise (R54) or one of the scrumptious-sounding banting options, like the beef tower with mushroom sauce, onions and roasted aubergines (R74).
And gone are the days when coffee was just…well, coffee. This is a coffee shop after all – so expect a long list of options and certainly one of the best coffees I ever tasted, served with a nibble-sized biscuit on a small wooden platter – too cute! And even the teas have quite a list. I tried the chai latte and it was like a delectable cinnamon-cardamom milkshake, but hot…really delicious.
Then there is the ambience. Often a place is not only defined by its food, but also by its atmosphere. It is located in a small mall – but in one of those newly-designed urban-living malls with a piazza (with natural light) and you have a choice of sitting in– or outside. Whichever you choose, it will not feel like you’re in a mall at all. Quite the contrary, in fact. Uncluttered and tranquil; it is the kind of place where you can spend a few hours, read the papers, whip out a laptop and call it your office away from the office…while waitrons wait on you. What a pleasure!
* Seaside Village Centre is situated on Cnr M14 and Cormorant Avenue, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand.