On the spur of the moment we drove to Jonkershoek yesterday afternoon and ended up having lunch at Postcard Café at Stark-Condé Wines. As it was approaching 2pm we didn’t expect to have any problems getting a table. On arrival the outside seating area was pretty full but we found a table that was free, and as so often is the case, seated ourselves as there was nobody on hand to receive us. After a couple of minutes a bustling waitress came up to inform us very bluntly that the table was reserved and that we couldn’t sit there. Continue reading
The Blue Orange is a coffee shop/restaurant in Dorp Street in Stellenbosch and it is pretty much a fixture in the town. Now called The New Blue Orange, I’ve been visiting this place since I was a student many, many moons ago (though I refuse to say how many years ago!). We decided to have breakfast there this morning as we keep driving past and the colourful tables under the oak trees look so welcoming and tranquil. Today is another scorcher so sitting under the trees proved to be a good idea. We sat out in the front and watched the usual throng of tourists and students walking by while having lovely fresh orange juice and coffee. Continue reading
We visited Buena Vista Social Cafe outside Stellenbosch for lunch the other day and though it was a bit impromptu (I really wanted to go to Rust en Vrede for their lunch steak special, until I realised there is very little chance that they’ll sell beer for Brian!) I decided to do a quick review anyway.
The Dorp Street Deli (DSD) experience was not entirely new to me as I’ve had a burger there a couple of years back, and really enjoyed it then. Considering the amount of restaurants I want to visit in the next 2-3 months (Check out my list!) you may well wonder why I then decided to go back to one I’ve been to before?! Well, that would be because 1 – DSD always looks enticing when we drive by, 2 – it is fairly close to where we live and therefore an easy option for lunch and 3 – the food should be good if past experience is anything to go by. I’m afraid my pictures donsn’t do the Deli justice, but trust me – it is a lovely spot to sit outside and enjoy a glass of something cold.
I wasn’t really planning on writing this review as I didn’t take enough pictures to show you, but I decided to go ahead anyway as I can still put into words our experience of Bistro 13. I often find it very hard to take pictures of food when out with a group of people, especially in the evenings when the use of a flash may disturb other diners, and this was the case here; I just couldn’t bring myself to take numerous pictures while everyone else just wanted to enjoy their dinner. Over lunch it is easier to take pictures of food without being too conspicuous or upsetting others, so expect to see more lunchtime reviews than dinner reviews here!
I read about Bistro 13 on a few blogs as well as reading some good very reviews elsewhere (including Tripadvisor), so it was with great anticipation that I booked a table for six people for Saturday night. The chef at Bistro 13, Nic van Wyk, is quite famous in South African food circles from what I can gather, and the menu at Bistro 13 seemed really interesting with a lot of inspired combinations to choose from. Continue reading
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 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
We are spending the next few months in and around the Stellenbosch/Cape Town area and will be eating out, going out for drinks, going to markets, music events etc as much as possible. At the moment we go out for lunch and/or dinner 2-3 times per week and I will be reviewing the restaurants we go to; bars and other events are more spur of the moment but I will review these as well. Continue reading
As I am a fledgling blogger, I need all the help and advice I can get while starting out. To that end I am currently reading a book (pdf really) called ‘Bloggers Bootcamp’ in order to learn about blogging and how to improve my writing. The book gives handy tips on how to approach the whole blogging thing and how to think in blogging terms. Basically it gives a broad overview of the skills you’ll need to become a blogger, although they are quite focused on teaching people how to make money from blogging. The authors are both successful bloggers and have been making a living out of blogging for many years – so it can be done!