“Way, way back in the day, like in the 1990s, if you wanted to tell everyone you ate waffles for breakfast, you couldn’t just go on the Internet and tweet it out. There was only one way to do it. You had to go outside and scream at the top of your lungs, ‘I ate waffles for breakfast!’ That’s why so many people ended up in institutions. They seemed crazy, but when you think about it, they were just ahead of their time.” – Ellen DeGeneres
Sunday morning took us on a special breakfast adventure to Maker’s Landing, at the Cruise port terminal in Cape Town. Maker’s Landing is literally around the corner from the V&A Waterfront, and is a market filled with delicious treats by vendors sporting all sorts of delectable delights. Maker’s Landing is open from Friday to Sunday, 8am to 9pm. Longer trading hours to be expected over the holiday season.
There is secure parking with the first three hours free. This was a bonus. Arriving at 10am meant that the market was not crowded. Upon entry there is a sanitizing station, and mask-wearing is mandatory. It was a comfortable experience to be able to walk through in the absence of big crowds. People are in and out, and there appears to be a good flow.
Our stop is the very first store, Ooh Fudge!, on your left. Ooh Fudge! started off as a home business, straight from Zulfa Davids Cassiem’s kitchen. It is truly wonderful to see a small business grow in this way. Muslim-owned and Halal certified, offering lovely dessert options in the heart of the city. The store is elegantly presented in its pink theme, with a food preparation and work station, and a counter for product display.
Breakfast is served
On this specific morning, we were invited to try the Vegan Belgian waffles. We were warmly received by Zulfa, the owner. We waited about 10 minutes for our order to be prepared. While waiting, I took a stroll through the area and had a look at the other products on offer. Other products on offer include a wide range of fudge in various flavours, such as blueberry and cream, coffee, cookies and cream, coco pina, hazelnut cappuccino, nutty almond, rose, strawberry and cream, toasted coconut and unicorn. Chocolate brownies, a caramel sauce and a variety of ice-cream flavours (tin roof, Swiss chocolate, blueberry, vanilla, rum and raisin and strawberry) are also available. In addition, The Popcorn Cartel’s products are on offer.
From the dessert bar there are three types of waffles (unicorn, triple chocolate or caramel) available. These three flavours are also available as waffle pops, which are single slices (a quarter) on a stick. This is the perfect portion size for kids.
As I waited, I observed how well Zulfa interacts with her customers, and realised that a huge part of the culinary experience lies in the way you feel when entering a business. The warm welcome and authenticity of the brand is displayed through great service, that despite the mask-wearing, you are welcomed with a smile.
For breakfast we tried the waffle topped with decadent strawberry yoghurt, fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries and bananas), a dusting of icing sugar and the option of maple syrup. Served in re-usable branded plates, which is a touch I like. The cutlery was disposable but eco-friendly. I appreciate the consideration for the environment.
The waffle was served warm and thoroughly fulfilled two hungry adults. The Belgian waffle is perfected, with deep pockets and good flavour. The fresh fruit balances the sweetness and offers a tasty breakfast. You can taste that the ingredients used are of high quality and gives you that homemade feeling, something I truly appreciate. You are also able to specify any allergies and your request will be accommodated if an appropriate substitution option is available on hand.
In terms of seating, there is outdoor and indoor options, spread throughout the venue. The outdoor seating option overlooks the water. If the venue gets too crowded, a takeaway waffle or ice-cream could also be an option.
Next up, is my fudge tasting experience. I opted for the mixed box which was pre-packaged and contained nine different flavours. You can purchase a mixed box of the regular-sized fudge (quantity of 10) or a mini selection of nine pieces. You can select the flavours you want. I found the nine-piece tasting box to be a good option allowing for the sampling of many different flavours. The serving size is ideal. The fudge is melt-in-your-mouth creamy, and the flavours are on point with their description. These make good gifts, with a six-month shelf-life, and will be thoroughly enjoyed by the receiver.
Overall, I had a good culinary experience, along with stellar service, and products that are well priced. If you are searching for a good dessert spot on the weekend, hurry on over to Maker’s Landing and indulge in some Ooh Fudge!
By Maryam Bibi Rumaney
Maryam is a molecular scientist by profession with a passion for writing. She currently works as a freelance consultant offering laboratory advisory, scientific editing, and English language services. She loves to travel and is always looking for the next adventure. Connect with her at http://www.mbrumaney.co/