To Cavalli or Not Cavalli

  • Good for: Fine Dining
  • Cost: R400-500/pp
  • Rating: 4/5

Last night was another gorgeous evening in the Winelands and we ended up dining at Equus, the restaurant at Cavalli Wine & Stud Farm. Turning off the busy R44 you enter a quiet world of indigenous plants framing the long and impressive driveway up to the restaurant. The building that greets you is very striking, with a beautiful living wall and magnificent views of the mountains. We decided to sit outside on the deck overlooking the dam and have a drink before taking our seats inside. Equus really has some amazing views and I fully intend to return for lunch to enjoy the view again. 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

Hussar Grill Stellenbosch – All about the Meat!

  • Good for: Steak, Game, Consistent Quality
  • Cost: R150-200/pp
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Contact Details: 23 Plein Street, +27 (0) 21 882 8088, Web & Menu

We went to the Hussar Grill on Valentine’s day but I never posted a review as I didn’t take pictures and frankly, I just wanted to enjoy myself and not think too much about what to post or how critical I need to be about food and service. We did have a very good meal then, even though I don’t have photographic evidence – and I even wore an LBD!
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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

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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