I never thought finding a decent sandwich in Wynberg would be as arduous a task as it turned out to be. I was doing some freelance work at a corporate on Wynberg Main road recently. As is usual my morning rush meant that I had no time to prepare something to eat for lunch. No worries, I figured. I’m on Main Road after all. I’ll just dash out at lunchtime to a nearby takeout and buy something chop, chop.
Chop, chop, it was not. A colleague told me I good get a sandwich down the road at a little cafe inside one of those single alley malls that seem to be standard on Main road. The cafe was nice. You could even get a cappucino and a muffin there, but sandwiches, there was none. I took a walk up and down Main road but the only options were fisheries sandwiches laden with chips or Mcdonalds or KFC. Nowhere could I find a simple and reasonably healthy sandwich that would also be easy to eat in the office.
The next day, I decided to take a walk nearby and not stick to the main road. With the magistrates court nearby, I figured there simply had to be something available. And not two blocks into my journey of discovery, I hit the jackpot.
Mamma’s Kitchen is a tiny little cubbyhole on the corner of Church Street, one block in from Main road. It’s fairly new, and the new owner is slowly building it into something with real personality. The chalkboard outside displayed fairly standard takeout fair. Boerewors rolls, Viennas and chips etc all strictly halaal. I went inside and was pleasantly surprised to find it exceptionally clean, fresh and non greasy. I guess I was expecting a greasy takeout. It was anything but.
I ordered a chicken mayo toasted sandwich which took a few minutes to make. The walls displayed a catering menu and I made a mental note to ask more about it the next time I came. I collected my toasty and headed back to the office. It turned out to be a pretty decent sandwich and the next day, I headed back there to try something else.
Majda Peterson Bloemenstein is the woman behind Mamma’s Kitchen. While the place is still very modest and unassuming she has a vision which will make this a destination place in Wynberg. The building that the shop is in is owned by an NGO which runs programs for women from the upper levels of the building. Part of the vision of the shop is to provide an outlet for homemade goodies made by the ladies. Majda, is in her own words a Cook. She kind of fell into this trade and even managed Cosy Corner for a while. She then started her own catering company called Chilli Talk. She operates Chilli Talk out of Mamma’s Kitchen as well and continues her catering work once the shop is closed into the wee hours.
The building is one of those old and rustic spaces with high ceilings and wooden floors. The paint is peeling in just the right places and the floorboords are scuffed just enough to have the beginnings of a hippie chic look. The tables and chairs currently in the space are purely functional. Majda plans to replace them with wooden trestles and benches and give the place a more trendy look and feel. There is a counter against one window where she has some magazines to read while you wait. All it needs are some bar stools and I could happily have my sandwich there and watch the world go by.
The food is predominently Cape Malay and typical fast food. But ingredients are fresh and wholesome. You can eat there or order ahead and collect. The Chicken Tikka sandwich I ordered the second day was not so easy to eat at my desk but the taste was awesome. That same day I also ordered meals that I could just collect before they closed and take home for supper.
The Tikka Chicken skewers with chips were excellent. The roti that came with it was a lovely flaky affair, unlike the rubbery discs that can be found in supermarket freezers lately. The Butter chicken was tasty and came with rice on the side. The meal set me back about R120 and was well spent.
I’m looking froward to going in there in a few months to see the transformation
Breakfast, Casual Dining, Catering, Lunch,
Cheap | Under R100, Medium | R100 - R300,