Eat Cafe 69 Kilmarnock Road
We've both been really busy with work recently (hence why its been a bit quieter around here) and yesterday was another really long day. We were on our way home to make our dinner when we suddenly decided we deserved a little treat and decided to go out. That always causes quite the little argument as we've both got our favourites but more often than not we decide to try somewhere new as that way we can kid ourselves on that the expense of a meal out is in aid of a review and to provide assistance to you dear readers.
What I'm trying to say is that last night we quickly reached a unanimous decision to head to the new Eat Cafe in Shawlands. Run by the same guys who own the brilliant Eat Deli in Clarkston it just opened last weekend and everything inside is really lovely and new. Its all been pulled together really well and the decor is great. There is something really nice about sitting down at a table and knowing you are one of the very first people to park up there. The reclaimed wood wall that shields prying eyes from the kitchen is a really nice touch and being the sad designers that we are we wanted to go give it a rub. Its all bright with warm browns and greys and from the outside on a dark evening it looks very inviting inside.
Anyway lovely decor alone is not enough for a new cafe, the atmosphere and food are even more important. When we walked through the door the place was empty which is always a bit unfortunate and makes you feel slightly uneasy. No worries though as the staff were really friendly and made us feel comfortable. We needn't have worried though as we seemed to be the straw that broke the dam and within fifteen minutes of us sitting down there wasn't a seat left in the place and lots more people were stopping to peer in.
The menu was pretty varied, split up into times of the day with a relaxed selection of high quality restuaurant/cafe dining. It has the feeling of a place where people will drop in. Some to just have tea and some of Eat Deli's famous carrot cake and others to get a proper meal. We were pretty hungry so went for the meal option. We started off with a bruschetta special with pesto, sunblushed tomatos and artichoke and it was very good. For our mains I had the burger, minus gerkin and mayo and Ann had mushroom risotto. Both of us were very happy with our choices, the risotto was rich in flavour and the burger was moist, juicy and delicious by the time I'd finished it was falling apart in my hands. (I prob should have used my knife and fork.)
They don't have their alchohol license yet so its BYOB at the moment which I'm sure the nice man in Oddbins round the corner is enjoying. It was a fun informal meal out and a welcome addition to that part of the street. Its a really open frontage and with these guys, Bellini and Bellanapoli all having lively shopfronts and outdoor seating it brings a great bit of nightlife to the area.
Eat Cafe69 Kilmarnock Road
Labels: Shawlands Eating