Koek Koek is the place to go for grab-and-go bowl options as well as toasts and cocktails. Everything here is made fresh in house with no preservatives in small batches.
Koek is the maiden name of owner Nikki Hall’s Dutch grandmother. She enjoyed the phonetic play on the words “cook” and “kook” along with its comforting significance.
A builder and self-described serial entrepreneur, Hall designed this place from the ground up, literally, including a unique floor design that recalls an antique rug. This spot is equipped with WiFi for noshing and working.
Bowls range from oaty breakfasts to salads that toe the line between protein bowl and all-out salad, with options like a spinach nicoise with cured yolk and shaved egg white ($13) or spicy chickpea salad with arugula and quinoa ($12).
Mix and match salads come in choices of one ($6.50), two ($8.50) or three ($12).
Options include an herby lemon basil chicken tagliatelle, comforting pea and bacon, roasted cauliflower, or satisfyingly meaty steak with arugula and onions.
Take your selections to go or dine in on your eclectic mix.
Obi Wan Bulgogi ($15) is the name of one protein-packed bowl with flavourful Korean BBQ steak, black rice, purple cabbage, some roasted broccolini, house kimchi, avocado, bright basil, green onions, and a poached egg that could lend a lot of creaminess if left a little runnier.
The Beet That snack ($8) smears grilled bread with beet and goat cheese topped with a little walnut and honey. Miso Happy does the same with miso herbed hummus, while I Goat This has sheep’s milk ricotta.
Every day a limited number of meals are prepared for a group of four that are available for order online for pickup or delivery within a small zone.
For $79 you get a main and a starch, for example peri peri flank steak and the tagliatelle. A “Cottage Koek” also has snacks and a breakfast, designed for that first overnight stay in the woods.
A Moscow mule is arguably the simplest of a short list of cocktails ($13) that mirror the food, basic with creative touches, for example putting a twist on the mule with tequila instead of vodka along with ginger beer, mint, lime and basil.
From bold lighting, graphic touches on the tables, and furry benches to a table made from a tree Hall felled and treated herself and mounted in a steel cradle, this place is a hip spot to grab a bite to eat whether for a moment or an afternoon.