There is a buzz in Somerset West these days and it has to do with something the locals do well—and love—food.
Words and images by Greg Landman
Benguela on Main, which for many years was an upmarket dining space on the Main Road, has been transformed into Nom Nom Eatery—still under the same owners but with a great new vibe.
The food is delicious with almost no frills, no pretensions to mar the scene.—and the locals love it. It is basically a breakfast and lunch venue with brunch being a favourite time and closes at about 8 in the evening. Food ranges from brunch things like perfectly made poached eggs—such a simple idea that few people get right—on a crunchy waffle topped with real Black Forest ham and splashed with rich Hollandaise—it’s like dying a going to heaven.
Priced at R79. The Scotch eggs bring back delicious memories of childhood while the elegant Caesar Salad is the real thing with white anchovies—a treat.
Then there is the most superb corn bread ever, (R50) served in the cutest little pan, smothered in butter running into the pastry and topped with bits of crunchy bacon.
The daily pie R70 could be turkey with cranberry—superbly rich and topped with a dollop of their homemade chutney. I am sure you can tell this is not the place to get all precious about Banting and low anything.
This is a place to eat—and enjoy it.
The wines are on the pricey side—they are excellent and are from Benguela Cove — there is no BYO. The Light House Collection offers a Sauvignon Blanc and a Rosé at R95 a bottle—good value.
Bookings are not required.