Yummy food and fashion at this cafe

WINTER WARMERS: Candice Smith, with a smoked bacon and butternut soup with a dash of cream, Neale Schwarz (manager at Coco Cafe) with a cappuccino, and Charmaine Ridden with fragrant Thai green curry and basmati rice, at Coco Cafe on the corner of 11th Avenue and Main Road, Walmer. PHOTOGRAPH: BRIAN WITBOOI
WINTER WARMERS: Candice Smith, with a smoked bacon and butternut soup with a dash of cream, Neale Schwarz (manager at Coco Cafe) with a cappuccino, and Charmaine Ridden with fragrant Thai green curry and basmati rice, at Coco Cafe on the corner of 11th Avenue and Main Road, Walmer. PHOTOGRAPH: BRIAN WITBOOI

FOOD and fashion are two of my favourite things so having lunch where you can also do a bit of shopping is pretty ideal. Coco Cafe at the Pop Shoppe is the perfect place to do both.

Owned by Charmaine Ridden and her daughter Candice Smith the restaurant, in Main Road, Walmer, opened in August last year so a visit seemed in order.

The beautifully decorated restaurant’s food is good value for money and tastier than you might expect from what looks like, from the outside, a coffee shop.

Trying to beat the winter chill, my lunch companion Nadine and I were looking for something warm and wholesome. Nadine opted for the Thai green curry and deemed it delicious “with a South African twist”.

The twist was the inclusion of carrots and broccoli – not something you would expect to find in a traditional Thai dish but nevertheless it worked. The dish, at R65, came with jasmine rice and was more than sufficient in size. I chose the perfect winter dish of smoked bacon and butternut soup.

Complete with a dash of cream the soup was delicious. Smooth and tasty, the only complaint I had was that it did not come with home-baked bread and rather with cocktail rolls of the variety you’d buy at your local supermarket. However, at a price of just R35, you can hardly expect much more.

There was also no skimping on size and it was a meal on it’s own. I also ordered the jalapeno poppers, peppers stuffed with cheese.

They had just the right amount of bite and with four of them on the plate they would be ideally suited as a starter for two – not bad for R40.

The restaurant offers a variety of teas and coffees but unfortunately were out of chai tea during our visit. Instead we chose a pot of Earl Grey (R15) and a regular cappuccino (R18).

The menu is not huge but it includes breakfasts, burgers, salads and desserts with enough variety to satisfy most tastes. It is also not necessarily the first place most people would think of as a lunch option but it’s worth the visit and as an added bonus you can shop to your heart’s content.

Our meal, drinks included, came to a reasonable R173.

Weekend Post restaurant reviews are done unannounced and the bills are paid for in full. – Angela Daniels

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