French toast on a rainy day

Tucked away in Windhoek’s southern industrial area, is a hidden gem.

17 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Gerine Hoff • Windhoek
It was on one of Windhoek's (few) rainy mornings this season that we decided on a quick family breakfast.

Having recently seen postings by the Little Owl Café located in the Ark Trading building on social media, we headed that way to see what so many pleased clients are raving about.

We were the first guests of the morning and the lush greenery greeting us, was a sight to behold.

Given the weather, the hubster and I opted for coffee, which was served with hot milk. Thanks to the beautiful steam tendrils floating above, I decanted some milk into my coffee – even though I don't drink milk! Oh, how easily the mind is swayed.

After a quick look-see over the menu, three of us opted for the French toast with bacon, cheese and syrup, while our daughter chose her favourite meal of the moment: bacon and eggs.

Fine, we're rather boring.

However, there are a variety of breakfast dishes available, including a breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, tomato and mayo, or the quite substantial builder's breakfast that also includes boerewors.

Toasted sandwiches, bröchens, burgers, wraps, salads and beef fillet are other choices, along with light lunch options consisting of chicken schnitzel, beef lasagne or a 400g T-bone.

While the dishes are simple, our food was really tasty. Even though he surprised me by his order of French toast, my eldest – who is a very picky eater – surprised us by polishing his dish. I offered to make it at home for him in future, which he declined saying he would only eat it at the café.

Children.

Based on their Facebook page, the wraps are a winner. We'll be sure to try that next time we visit.

Apart from the menu offerings, the Little Owl Café also sells snacks and cakes, and they also do platters for business and private events. According to their Facebook page, they have a special braai every first Thursday of the month.

The peaceful little garden is a wonderful escape and is also the perfect spot to watch the small planes land at Eros airport, as contradictory as this may sound.

Opening hours are from 07:45 to 15:30 on week days and from 08:00 to 12:30 on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday.

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