Mother City Fine Dining

Mother City Fine Dining

If you know who Jenny Morris is and are at all familiar with her style of food, you will most likely already have eaten at her restaurant, or at the very least be confident it will be great.
Shockingly – because I have known (and had the privilege of cooking with) Jenny for many years – I fell into the latter category until recently.

Yumcious: Leave room for dessert…if you can

By Bianca Coleman

If you know who Jenny Morris is and are at all familiar with her style of food, you will most likely already have eaten at her restaurant, or at the very least be confident it will be great.
Shockingly – because I have known (and had the privilege of cooking with) Jenny for many years – I fell into the latter category until recently.
There is no excuse for not having visited Yumcious long ago; it’s been open almost a year. Yes, yes, I’m sorry. However, it was absolutely no surprise at all that I had a fantastic meal. Unfortunately, Jenny had been called away at the last minute for some television filming, but I was kept company by her husband David and friend (and Food Network colleague) Reza Mahammad, who is always highly entertaining.

While Yumcious has a full menu of fabulous things from breakfasts to burgers, to gourmet sandwiches, salads and cakes, the kilo table is a major lunchtime attraction – all of which encompass Jenny’s loving approach to food that is simple and incredibly tasty. Do not miss an opportunity to experience her recipes seen on the telly or in her books.

Help yourself from the amazing buffet spread and pay by the weight of your plate, to either sit down to enjoy or take away for later. I’m not ashamed to say I did both. Limited amounts of each delicious dish are made each day so it’s best to get there early, because when it’s gone, it’s gone. Having said this, there is still plenty towards the tail end of lunchtime so even if your favourite – which could be the pork belly with crackling, just saying – has been gobbled up, there will still be a good selection of hot and cold dishes to keep you satisfied.
The wide variety also means you can cater for your own little dietary requirements, whether you’re vegetarian, Banting, or gluten-intolerant.

The same goes for the menu. Some breakfast examples, along with the full English or an omelette or frittata, are French toast with orange and honey whipped butter; or poached eggs on a bed of wilted spinach with feta and a mushroom medley. There is a bunch of add-ons like bacon, avo (seasonal), sausage, tomato and more to even further accommodate your desires for the most important meal of the day.

Burger patties are 200g beef or chicken served on buns topped with onions, tomato, lettuce, gherkin and smoky basting sauce, with slaw and potato salad on the side. The signature Yumcious Burger with egg, bacon and mushrooms is just the ticket for a late “breakfast”. The Italian Job has mozzarella, sun ripened tomatoes, basil pesto and chopped olives, while Singing The Blues is smothered with blue cheese and caramelised onions.

Your basic classic toasted sarmies can be filled with ham and cheese, feta and spinach (with or without bacon), chicken mayo, tuna mayo, cheese and tomato, and bacon, egg and cheese. Gourmet sandwiches (on Yumcious buns with slaw and potato salad), on the other hand, tempt with lightly spiced rare roast beef, wild rocket, and a dollop of mustard and Japanese mayo; or smoked trout with sliced avo, cucumber ribbons, shredded lettuce and wasabi dressing.
Do save space for something sweet. The cakes are beautifully displayed and terribly difficult to resist…chocolate, lemon, carrot, orange, cheese…plus profiteroles, meringues, brownies, muffins, scones and crumbles.

The restaurant is light and airy, with indoor and outdoor seating on the piazza level of the centre, and those brilliant water spray thingies to keep the summer heat at bay.
Yumcious is in the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point. Telephone 021 4188000. Open Mondays to Saturdays 7.30am till 4.30pm.