Buena Vista Social Cafe Stellenbosch – to kuier or eat?

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.
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Dorp Street Deli Review – Great burgers!

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.

Dorp Street Deli
Dorp Street Deli

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Bistro 13 and why I probably won’t go back

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

Asta Italian Restaurant – and being a regular!

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.

Asta Italian Restaurant
Asta Italian Restaurant

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Helena’s Restaurant – a gem in the historic heart of Stellenbosch

On a slightly windy and very hot Stellenbosch day at the start of the University year, we decided to venture into town for some lunch. After checking out various options and realising how busy all the restaurants were, we opted for Helena’s Restaurant in Dorp Street. Despite some unexpected load shedding (basically an electricity outage for non-South Africans!) we were seated straight away at a lovely table outside facing onto Dorp Street. Helena’s Restaurant is the restaurant attached to and serving Coopmanhuijs, which is a small boutique hotel and spa popular with foreign travellers.

Helena's Restaurant
Helena’s Restaurant

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