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

Towerbosch – What a Feast!

Towerbosch

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

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

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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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