On yet another lovely summers day we had lunch at Sansibar, which is the bar and more informal restaurant at Asara Wine Farm. Asara Wine Farm houses a large hotel complex and in addition to the two restaurants and deli also offers wine tastings. Like a lot of Winelands wine farms Asara has some great views and seems very popular with foreign visitors. According to their website Sansibar is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to late and when we arrived just after twelve there were already a couple of people on the terrace for lunch.
Service was good, as should be expected from a five-star hotel and award-winning wine estate. We got a table outside on the terrace with views over the mountains and started perusing the menus (not that I haven’t already studied it on the internet of course!). The lunch menu is quite an informal affair, with some what I would refer to as some pretty standard pub classics; burgers, fish & chips, club sandwiches etc. It is a solid enough menu but with little on offer for vegetarians other than a couple of cheese options and nothing at all for vegans.
Last Thursday we had dinner at Asta Italian Restaurant in Stellenbosch. We’ve been going to Felix, Rosa and sons’ restaurants in various guises for many years (from the Al Frascati days!), and Asta in Dorp Street is the latest, and possibly best, version. The restaurant is not that easy to spot unless you know what you’re looking for, and situated in one of Stellenbosch’s lovely old buildings, with a ‘stoep’ where you can dine and watch the world pass by.
Last night a big group of us went to see Emo Adams at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. The Oude Libertas is a great venue and if you’ve never been you should seriously consider going! Every year they offer a summer programme with a huge variety of acts, ranging from classical music to more popular, modern music and we always try and attend some of the events if possible. Check out the remaining events for this year: here. The venue sells wine, cider and soft drinks and you can either pay full price to get a seat in the amphitheatre or have a picnic on the grass behind the amphitheatre. Continue reading →