And delicious it is… this is the name of the newly opened eclectic restaurant in Somerset West, previously Benguela on Main. When the smell of freshly baked goods entices you from the parking area, you lose all functionality in your legs and your nose leads the way, nom nom indeed.

The newly rennovated space, opened since January 29, has a special feel to it. The chairs and tables are a mismatched mixture of old and new – done right. It has a slight effect of a mad-hatter tea party, which let’s face it, is a favourite lunch time party.

Pops of bright pink furniture dot the room and everything comes together artistically.

Then menu is as unique as the setting – I absolutely love when restaurants allow you the option of having breakfast for lunch and dinner for breakfast.

Chef Sebastian Smith says visitors can expect a calm and relaxing atmosphere with a menu which comprises of six different categories; Brunch, Nibbles, Bread, Light, Hungry and Sweets.

The menu is a modern take of local favourites paired with some American classics too. The corndog, which is a frankfurter dipped in batter and deep fried until golden brown, is an unusual dish to serve in Cape Town but it’s a huge hit with the kids.

The menu overall has a worldly influence, churros for dessert, Eggs en Cocotte, wild mushrooms, gruyere, toast soldier or a Ham Waffle with a poached hens egg and hollandaise.

Other dishes include Southern Cornbread malt and bacon, and a Cote de Beouf Pomme frites, hollandaise and salad. And all reasonably priced.

It turns out to be a sharing feast on a table, which is a popular way of enjoying a meal today. The fresh juices are squeezed fresh and the wine collection offered is an assortment from the Benguela Collection.

“The Inspiration of Nom Nom came around when we realised that Somerset West needed something completely different. We wanted to create a space that would cater for guest’s hungry needs at any given time of the day.

“Somewhere, where they could have an egg at night or a steak in the morning, freshly baked pastries and cakes, combined with healthy juices and or a table full of snacks for their afternoon drink after a long day at work,” says Chef Smith.

Owner of Nom Nom, Penny Streeter says: “Revamping Benguela on Main to Nom Nom has been a great experience for the team and myself. The eatery will be open from 10am for brunch with tasty pastries paired perfectly with a great cup of coffee or tea. The aim of opening Nom Nom is to create a space that will be open from early until late for residents of Somerset West. We will have free Wi-Fi for the people that want to get away from the desk and work in a different environment.”

Address: corner of Main Road and Coronation Avenue, Somerset West
Contact: 087 357 0637

Article written by

Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 21 years of journalism experience. Her motto - Travel. Eat. Repeat. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.