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
- 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
- Good for: Steak, Salmon, Wine
- Cost: R200-250/pp (incl Wine)
- Rating: 5/5
- Contact: Annandale Road, +27 (0)21 881 3881, Web
Yesterday we ended up at Rust en Vrede due to another establishment lower down in the valley not being able to accommodate us. I say ‘ended up’ like it’s a bad thing, but I was secretly very, very pleased as I’ve been meaning to visit Rust en Vrede for lunch but as they don’t serve beer it’s been a hard sell! Continue reading
- Good for: Wine and Food Tasting, Buying Rothschild wines
- Cost: R150-250/pp
- Rating: 4/5
- Contact: Klapmuts Road, +27 (0) 21 874 1648 Web
After my amazing experience at Creation Wines in the Hemel en Aarde Vallei I thought it would be a good idea to try something similar a bit closer to home. I did a bit of digging and found a very nice sounding Food and Wine Tasting at Rupert and Rothschild Vignerons, just over the mountain from Stellenbosch. Yesterday started with smoke hanging in the air from an out of control fire in Jonkershoek but fortunately it cleared by lunchtime and I headed out to go and get some R&R. Continue reading
The title for today’s post was inspired by a friend asking me on Facebook whether Creation Wines was a Christian farm, due to the name (she was being facetious!). Well, I wouldn’t know about that, but it did make me think and what I do know is that drinking and enjoying wine is close to a religion for me and I never pass up the opportunity to try out new wine related experiences like this one. Continue reading
- 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
I’ve been eyeing up the Towerbosch Sunday Country Feast for ages, and when I saw that Luna Paige and Gerald Clarke would be doing their Lovemore show there last Sunday I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to go and check it out. I booked well in advance to make sure we got a table and we turned up early on the day to make sure we could get some pictures. Lunch starts at twelve and shortly after twelve most people were there to enjoy the Sunday Country Feast. Continue reading
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.
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.