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MOLO december 2016

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Mapping the flavours of Church Square

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Discover a world of different tastes, all without leaving the centre of the city.

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Text by Nadia Krige

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African food

The Somalian Restaurant 28 Parliament Street 063 266 1748 A subterranean restaurant tucked away between a hair salon and a cell phone shop, with zero signage indicating its presence – The Somalian Restaurant is remarkably easy to miss. Yet if you descend the staircase any time between 7am and 10pm, you’ll find the plastic tables occupied by eager patrons, engaged in passionate conversation. The Somalian dishes – think deep-fried angel fish, chicken stew, Arabian flatbreads, mince, and loads of rice – draw a predominantly East African crowd, ranging from suited-up businessmen to informal traders in jeans and T-shirts. Together with the familiar flavours of home, the restaurant provides a space for conversation, debate and reminiscing. Price of a meal: Between R50 and R70 for a plate that positively groans with hearty food.

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restaurant than a homely farm kitchen. It’s a sanctuary for the work-weary, where heartfelt conversation with both friends and strangers tends to flow easily. If you’re craving some comfort, the wholesome lunch buffet – featuring crunchy salads, cheesy pasta dishes, plump quiches, homemade pies, veggies and breads – is the way to go. It costs R16/100g for sit-down, and R15/100g for takeaway. Sandwiches, pastries and other treats range in price from R18–R50. Price of a meal: Sit-down R16/100g, takeaway R15/100g.

Fine dining

6 Spin Street 021 461 0666 7am – 10 pm 8:30am – 11pm, Monday – Friday (also dinner on Saturdays) Immaculate: the word that springs to mind when taking in 6 Spin Street’s high white ceilings, polished wooden floors and tables, tiled fireplace and decorative pillars. Serving as a light-flooded exhibition space and function venue by day and an elegant dining spot by night, this space is carefully curated by owner Robert Mulders, and seems to defy any precise definition. With the recent turn to more mindful eating habits, the dinner menu presents an array of healthy vegetarian, vegan and fish dishes, all containing only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Be sure to try the trademark starter: a cheese soufflé, available for R85. Price of a meal: Mains go for between R95 and R170.

South African cuisine

Cafe fare

Bread, Milk & Honey 10 Spin Street 021 461 8425 7am – 4pm Checkerboard tiles, heavy wooden furniture, the aroma of fresh coffee, and baked goods aplenty all contribute to making Bread, Milk & Honey feel less like an inner-city

Mostert Street boerewors stall On the sidewalk, between Snoekies and Raw Espresso Bar 10am – 3:30pm With an amazing knack for keeping a consistent turnover of perfectly caramelised onions (I challenge you to find even one ring with a charred edge), Phillis Mupfururi has made quite a name for herself among the hungry office workers of Church Square and surrounds. These onions, of course, make their way onto boerewors rolls, burgers and shawarmas – all halaal-friendly – constructed and served up from the tiny, old-school ‘boerie stall’ on Mostert Street. Priced between R19 and R40, the meals are highly affordable, with a loyal fan base of regulars who seem more than happy to queue for their ‘usual’.

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