The Green Goose Eatery has been creating a buzz ever since they started renovations on their corner spot in Stellenbosch last year. In this foodie-centric winelands town, a new restaurant is like a Christmas present, especially if there’s promise of a creative chef and a refined wine list. We popped in for dinner and were thrilled to find delicious food and a chic-meets-casual atmosphere.
The eatery finally opened their doors towards the end of 2018, serving up what they call “no bullshit haute cuisine.” The space is airy, modern and swanky, combining blonde wood with gold and copper finishes, with bold tropical splashes. Behind the bar, trimmed with glossy green tiles and palm-themed wallpaper, you’ll spot a tempting collection of local liquors waiting to be crafted into an intriguing cocktail (choose between options like Boer Soek ‘n Vrou with beet, blood orange and brandy, or Kombucha Queen with gin, berry kombucha and hibiscus). Or take your pick from their carefully curated wine list which sported quite a few options I had never heard of and couldn’t wait to try.
We struck gold with one of those perfect summer evenings and The Green Goose was soon packed, creating a vibey atmosphere that blended with the late-afternoon hustle outside, the activity spilling in through the open sliding doors. We were quickly seated at our table, supplied with drinks, and left to peruse the menu.
The Green Goose is all about sophisticated but relaxed dining, and they encourage people to pick a selection of small plates to share across the table – you even have the option to share the mains if you want to (though you can also gobble it up solo if that’s your jam). We decided to work our way through their small plate selection, ordering one of each to share between the four of us.
We were soon tucking in to their flatbread of the day, topped with sweet, juicy pulled pork. We had a crunchy baby beetroot and cherry tomato salad with a zesty hazelnut dressing and creamy pops of goats cheese. And their potato gnocchi delivered subtle flavours of ricotta, peas and lemon. A firm favourite was the Kaapse Fried Chicken – wings coated in a sticky sweet sauce and served with a yoghurt dip. Personally I’d go back for their Pork Belly, perfectly succulent with fresh hits of watermelon and Asian slaw, a hint of sweet chilly, and a bite of crispy crackling to top it off.
After this, we’d had more than enough to eat for a summer dinner, though I am keen to go back for their mains. Options like Prawn Mac n Cheese, Wagyu Lasagna and their Woodfired Chicken Caesar sounds too tempting to miss. We did make a detour through their desserts before heading home though, and I’d definitely recommend either the Lemon Berry Choux Buns, filled with a delightfully tart meringue, or their oozy Chocolate and Beetroot Fondant.
I’d say The Green Goose is a great choice if you are looking for a buzzing atmosphere, creative yet unpretentious food, and a great selection of drinks. They are not stiff-upper-lip fine dining, and neither are they ultra casual bistro food. They’ve hit a nice middle-ground, making them a welcome addition to the Stellenbosch food scene. And price-wise they’re nice too – our bill worked out at around R300 per person, which I’d say is decent for a variety of small-plate dishes, desserts and drinks.
I think they are definitely worth checking out. Keen to go? Head over to thegreengoose.co.za for more.
Have you been to The Green Goose? Pop your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to hear about your experience.