Durbanville Hills – Some Different Hills

Sometimes eating out feels a bit like always being on ‘duty’ and like hard work. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE food and I love eating out – but sometimes I just want to relax and not have to think about taking pictures of the food, the restaurant and the view. Or just go somewhere without ‘judging’ the quality of the food, service and atmosphere. Yes, I know it is my own choice and it’s not even like I’m a famous blogger or anyone reads my witterings, but I decided to just take Easter weekend off and relax with family and friends and not think about blogging or restaurants. Continue reading

Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room

  • Good for: Burgers, Brunch, Sandwiches
  • Cost: R100-150/pp
  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • Contact: 133 Bree Street, +27 (0)21 424 7648, Web, Email

After pigging out at Hudson’s and Carne all in one day, we agreed to have lunch the next day with ‘Pofmuis se Ma’ at Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room. Clarke’s is in the ridiculously trendy Bree Street and has a wide range of food, with breakfast, brunch and lunch served. Continue reading

Schoon de Companje – Collaboration or Identity Crisis?

  • Good for: Not much
  • Cost: R100-150/pp (incl drinks)
  • Rating: 2/5
  • Contact: Church Street, +27 (0) 21 883 2187, Web

Schoon de Companje bills itself as ‘a collaboration of artisans in the true sense of the word, not merely a label, but rather the artisan that contributes to his community’. On Friday we stopped by for lunch, after walking past (and buying bread) repeatedly in the last few months. Every time we’ve been in De Companje the outside tables on Church Street are busy, but the inside areas very quiet; Continue reading

Simply Asia – Because we all need Noodles in our Lives!

  • Good for: Thai, Noodles, Sushi
  • Cost: R150-200/pp
  • Rating: 3.5
  • Contact Details: 54 Dorp Street, +27 (0) 21 886 7382

Simply Asia is another of those places I keep driving past, thinking I should really stop by and try out their food. I really like noodles and Thai food so yesterday I finally decided to drop in and satisfy my noodle cravings. Simply Asia is a chain of affordable restaurants with a large selection of noodles, curries, stir-fries and sushi – such a large selection in fact that it is quite hard to decide what to eat! I eventually decided on the Thai Dim Sum Combo for a starter, and the Large Rice Noodles with Chicken for a main.
The restaurant wasn’t that busy so service was quick and efficient. I was warned that my Dim Sum would take a while to cook, which is fine – but after waiting for ages the Dim Sum arrived cold and not steaming hot as expected? Not too sure why, but it tasted nice enough. In short order the noodles arrived as well and it was pretty good, though not spectacular. I was probably spoiled in England with the presence of Wagamama restaurants everywhere; I would say Simply Asia is following the same basic principles but maybe not executing it quite as well. This won’t stop me from going back again as I love Asian food and I will need my fix from time to time!


Simply Asia has a lot of vegetarian options and the food is fairly inexpensive though drinks were more than I expected to pay.
Ambience – 3/5
Service – 4/5
Food – 3/5
Value – 3/5

Oppie Dorp – Why the fuss?

  • Good for: Sitting outside, Steak, Pizza
  • Cost: R200-250/pp
  • Rating: 2-2.5/5
  • Contact Details: 137 Dorp Street, +27 (0) 21 883 3889

Now, each time I either drive or walk past Oppie Dorp the place is absolutely packed. Reading the Tripadvisor reviews everybody raves about the place, so it seems obvious why it is always so busy. Last week I decided to beat the rush and book well in advance so I could try out the Oppie Dorp experience for myself. I went into the restaurant to book a table for 6 and duly watched the waiter write our booking down for Friday night – boy was I looking forward to this – I could hardly wait for Friday to arrive! Continue reading

Postcard Cafe @ Stark-Condé Review – Stunning Views & Popularity

Stark-Condé Postcard Cafe

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 New Blue Orange – Dependable as Ever!

The New Blue Orange

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