Food & Drinks

Clarke of the Karoo

Clarke of the Karoo Quite the character, Mike Clarke runs this renowned road-side eatery, and while the little yellow building might look pretty low-key from the outside, the food certainly isn’t. Kick off with Karoo oysters (liver wrapped in caul) served with chilli chutney, before moving on to the signature Karoo lamb curry. A mosey around the deli is a must. Hours: 7.30am- 4.30pm daily....

The Blue Cow

Things don’t get more country quaint than at this friendly little café. As the name intimates, the little blue-hued wooden shed is set on a dairy farm and, completing the pastoral picture, looks out over a carp-filled dam. Hannette Cooke heads up the kitchen, whipping up light coffee-shop treats like toasties, scones and cakes, made with mostly local, organic produce....

Alfresco @ Joubert-Tradauw

Alfresco @ Joubert-Tradauw Joubert-Tradauw' s Meyer Joubert provides the tipples, while his lovely wife Beate handles the food side of things at this delightful country-style deli. Sarmies are laden with ingredients (the cheese ciabatta for example is topped with three varieties of cheese, fresh herbs and served with home-made hummus, onion relish, tapenade, peach preserve and fresh fruit) and...

Marianas

Marianas Consistency is the real star of this gloriously homely eatery on a quiet street in one of the prettiest villages. Owner-chef Mariana Esterhuizen conjures up dishes that sing with seasonal freshness and simplicity -you can taste every ingredient. Yet this deliciously unfussy food never lacks in sophistication, especially when matched with a small but focused wine list and...

Madré’s Kitchen & Country Grocer

This charming country stop consists of a cosy restaurant and a host of tables and benches under cover outside with a view of the dam. A good place to take kids – they can run around the dam and go mad on the trampoline and jungle gym while you enjoy your lunch. The home-style offerings on the menu include big breakfast fry-ups, hearty lunches and decadent home bakes (the...

La Finestra

This newly opened intimate and authentic Italian eatery is already a hit with locals. Owners and chefs Gideon Roux, Glen Buchanan and Paul Koekemoer serve up a mean seafood pasta along with the likes of thin and crispy based pizzas and a moreish lamb shank in the winter months. Hours: Lunch and Dinner Tue-Sun (no set hours). Main Courses: R75.

Renéesance

This sophisticated Med-inspired restaurant has foodie Renée Daneel at the helm and a menu with lashings of moreish options that take their cue from the seasons. Take a table outside on the sun-splashed veranda and sample some of Renee’s husband Jean’s wines (Jean Daneel Wines) while you’re at it. Expect the likes of a gourmet smoked salmon salad for lunch and matured...

Napier Farmstall

This is exactly the way a farm stall should be – crammed with just-baked whole meal bread, jewel- coloured dried fruit, leaning towers of preserves and trays of biscuits. And, if you take a table, the most delicious toasted sarmies and mouth watering scones with jam and cream are up for grabs. (They’re great for breakfasts too.) Local produce is a speciality and the...

Julian’s

Julian’s A Bredasdorp icon, Julian’s is as well known for its moreish fusion-inspired fare as for its colourful surrounds, thanks to the artistic eye of owner-potter Julian Keyser. At night the culinary repertoire comes into its own – try the roasted duck with orange and amaretto sauce but be sure to leave room for their famous chocolate cheesecake. Hours: 9am-10pm Mon-Sat. Main...

The Good Food Café & Deli

A favourite local hangout, thanks to the enthusiasm of new owners David and Erica Spilhaus. Sit back, relax and enjoy the laid-back vibe while browsing a menu that is crammed with the best in made-from-scratch fare. For lunch nosh down on the likes of their chicken pies and gourmet burgers. Dinner is a more genteel affair – oxtail and their slow-roasted pork belly are...

Seafood at The Marine

Seafood at The Marine Following a chance visit to the seafood counter at Harrods in London, proprietor Liz McGrath was inspired to open a less formal restaurant that focuses on the freshest seafood from Walker Bay. Observe the frenetic fun in the open kitchen as young, talented chefs prepare a daily culinary feast. Hours: Noon-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm daily. Main courses R120. Seafood at The Marine...

Savannah Café

This famous favourite for afternoon tea has been redecorated with a chocolate theme that betrays its forte – cake. No, seriously: cake! The only way to get over a craving is to indulge it. However, they also do light meals and offer a special health and diabetic menu. Choose between sitting out on the stoep or in the cosy interior. Hours: 8am-6pm Mon-Fri (off-season 9am-...

Rossi’s

Rossi’s delivers – in more ways than one. Famous since 1985 for their wood-fired thin-base pizzas, the unpretentious Rossi’s also offers a mean menu of pasta, steak and seafood. Prices are very reasonable, and their popularity among the locals means you may have to book ahead to be assured of a seat. Hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-late daily. Main courses R75.

The Pavillion

This elegant restaurant in the stately Marine Hermanus hotel offers fine dining and exception- al cuisine with French flavours, complemented by superb sea views. It’s a top dining experience. Take your time and savour every course and indulge in excellent wine pairing options too. Hours: 7-10.30am daily by appointment only; 7-9.30pm Tue-Sat (winter limited opening...

Moggs Country Cookhouse Restaurant

Moggs Country Cookhouse Restaurant With a rustic setting and wholesome country food, you can’t go wrong. Jenny and Jozi Mogg have gone casual and comfy on the décor in what was once a farm-labourer’s cottage, with wooden furniture, home-grown veggies and an ever- changing menu. Do book ahead. Main Courses R100. Hours: 12.30-2pm Wed-Sun. No - Credit Cards are accepted.