Words and Photos by Greg Landman
The much loved Paarl meeting place, Kikka, a favourite with the ladies who lunch, has a cute little off shoot at the Laborie Centre down the road.
Parking is a whole lot easier and the ambiance is slightly upped by some outside seating in an enclosed courtyard. One can, of course, buy flowers there and it is still very much the place Eliza Doolittle would have if she ever opened a coffee shop in Paarl.
Delicious cakes and baked goodies fill the air with enticing smells and everything is comfortable and laid back in the manner of a town that is very much at peace with itself.
If you can get there for breakfast, try the French toast with brie, banana, bacon, caramelised onion and maple syrup (R72). If the thought of that makes you feel ill, opt for the Scotch eggs served with tomato relish and cheese, or the health option of fruit and yoghurt. Low carb versions exist as do superb eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, my personal favourite.
Lunch sees the emergence of various wraps, fabulous pies, burgers and pastas with the emphasis on taste and generous portions. The low carb chicken and mushroom “pie” served in a ceramic dish with a pour over crust is worth the price of admission alone.
The pork belly burger, slow braised and served with balsamic fig marmalade and chips is a knockout. Of course, the pièces de résistance are the sensational cakes, so don’t stint—go for broke and up the oink factor by indulging.
Service is relaxed in the country manner. There is no liquor licence at the moment so take your own.
Laborie Centre Main Road, Paarl
Phone 021 863 1184
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.