Foodie Times At La Cuccina

There’s a spot in Hout Bay called La Cuccina that I didn’t know a thing about until a few weeks ago when it was recommended to me by a dear friend – and now I can’t believe it’s been hidden from me all these years! You’ll find La Cuccina on Victoria Road in Hout Bay, away from the touristy hustle and bustle, which is probably why I didn’t know about it before. Hout Bay has always been day trip material for me. But given this deliciousness, it might just turn into a foodie stop for me from now on!

I grabbed my (vegetarian; yes, this is important) friend Elizabeth and off we went to explore the unknown side of Hout Bay a little. La Cuccina is a large space, white and airy, with a very deli-like feel to it. Probably because they have a wonderful deli section where visitors can buy cured meats, cakes, and ready-made foodie goodies to warm up at home. These are also available at the PnP in Sea Point, the Hout Bay Spar, and the Chardonnay Deli. There’s also a massive buffet area that is set up every day for a gorgeous lunch buffet filled with a world of salads, veggie dishes, and meaty options.

The extensive menus

Upon arrival, we took a seat near the window to enjoy the fresh breeze (there is outside seating too though) and started browsing through the very extensive drinks menu. La Cuccina is well-known for their delicious juices, smoothies, and monster milkshakes, but it was hot and summery so we went for the fresh juice option. Elizabeth had the Minty Q with cucumber, lemon, mint, and carrot. I had the Mean Green with orange, apple, ginger, celery, and spinach. These were huge, absolutely delicious, and oh-so-refreshing!

Fresh juices – always a winner!

We had a quick look at the lunch options on the actual menu, but the buffet looked so good that we couldn’t resist. The lunch buffet is available from 12:00 to 15:00 every day and works according to weight with three options. You can have the full buffet, including meat, veg, salads and everything else for R22 per 100g, the veggie buffet for R17 per 100g, and the salad buffet, also for R17 per 100g.

I’m an avid omnivore, so I went for the first option and took a little bit of everything, while Elizabeth stuck to the veggie options. Most places don’t really offer too much variety for vegetarians, but La Cuccina is definitely not one of them! About 90% of the buffet was veggie-based, with the addition of a beef dish, chicken dish, and fish dish. That said, as the buffet is seasonal, the exact offerings will change all the time.

The ‘hearty’ side of the buffet

The ‘arty’ side of the buffet

The salad buffet

But I think that’s almost beside the point coz everything here is delicious! Wow. Elizabeth and I completely cleared our plates, and there was not one single thing we tried that wasn’t super yum. This is good home food made in a restaurant setting. It’s perfect for families out, youngsters wanting the quality of a home-cooked meal, and really anyone in between!

We were tempted to try one of the milkshakes after our main meal, but were so full that we decided on a slightly tangier dessert option instead: the lemon meringue! It was super lemon-y, which I loved. The perfect end to a perfect meal!

Lemon meringue

There are many developments happening at La Cuccina over the next little while. These include a website from which you can pre-order take-away meals, a market section within the actual restaurant, as well as exciting weekend offerings. But the food, well, hopefully that will always stay as delicious as it is!

For more info on La Cuccina, please visit their website here or check them out on Facebook or Twitter. You can also pop them an e-mail at info@lacuccina.co.za. Open all week from 07:30 till 17:00, they’re always there to satisfy your foodie needs!

We’ll be back with more foodie deliciousness soon!

Written by Benike Palfi
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Review Date: January 2017