So hold up! I found the best vegetarian restaurant in Cape Town (and if you can think of a better one, then tweet me and let me know so I can try it). Now I must admit I am not a vegetarian and neither were any of the people that I had lunch with. The food at Nooka was so good we didn't even miss any form of meat and what was even better was the fact that there were no weird tofu, meat substitutes (eww. gross). It is a quaint cafe, situated at the bottom of Roeland Street. The interior is simple and unopposing and it's open late for all those midnight cravings.
I went all in for the experience and had an almond milk chai latte. It was heavenly, served in a beautiful glass mug, with a chocolate covered peanut butter bonbon on the side - it was so good, I actually stopped talking for a minute, and if you know me you will know that I never stop talking.
To wet our appetites, we started off with lentil falafels served with a tahini dressing and home fries- which were a mix of potato and sweet potato. There was hummus (soft, creamy, delicious) that is made fresh every day, and once it is done, it's done, it was served with hot toasted pita bread and I put it on basically everything. It was so good I could eat a whole bowl by myself with just a spoon.
Next up was- wait for it! A cheeseburger or as they call it a burger of cheese- the patty is every cheese lover's dream. Think Mozzarella, Gouda and smoked cheese mixed with herbs and coated with bread crumbs. I insist that you mozzarella try it- ok enough cheesiness for one blog post).
I also tried the Nooka Shakshuka, which are eggs cooked on top of a spicy tomato based sauce, served with bread tahini, sweet potato crisps and salsa. This has brunch goals written all over it!
Let us not forget about the side dish that was the Nooka veg platter. A hearty bowl of mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, red peppers and aubergines tossed in a tangy balsamic sauce and topped with fresh parmesan!
We ended off our meals with their famous salads! Normally salads are loaded with cheese and limp lettuce but Nooka served up their take on what a proper salad is. It, of course, goes well as a side to any meal, but it is enough to be a meal on its own.
If you want something different go for the fancy salad. It has bulgar wheat as its base, tossed with a mix of fresh leaves. There are cranberries for sweetness as well as sunflower seeds and almonds for that crunchy texture. Feta is added for creaminess and everything is held together by a citrus vinaigrette.
If that sounds too rich, why not go for the pan-fried salad. It has a more traditional base of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, but it is finished off with pan fried mushrooms, broccoli and feta cheese and tossed in a garlic and herb dressing.
Address: 20 Roeland Street, Cape Town, 8001
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00- 00:00
Phone Number: 021 4610691