Looking for something fresh to try in the Western Cape Winelands? Here are the new hotspots that have foodies talking, from Stellenbosch and Somerset West to Franschhoek and beyond.
Did I miss a spot? Pop your recommendations in the comments below! I am always keen to try something new.
Bellevue Estate Restaurant & Tasting Room
Bottelary Road, Koelenhof
Bellevue Estate has recently introduced a new restaurant and wine tasting area where you can enjoy down-to-earth comfort food like wood-fired pizza, beer-battered fish & chips, burgers, steak and pork belly ribs. They also have a small selection of salads and one or two dishes that are suitable for vegetarians. They’re also reasonably priced and kid friendly, so make a day of it.
For more, visit bellevue.co.za
15 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Bootlegger has finally opened in Stellenbosch, set in a prime location and serving up great cuppas with their bistro dishes. Park under the oak trees, order a coffee from just R18 and then peruse their extensive breakfast and lunch menu that caters to most dietary requirements. They also have a nice variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
For more, visit bootlegger.co.za
De Vrije Burger
61 Plein Street, Stellenbosch
Bertus Basson, who recently earned Eat Out Top 10 status with his restaurant Overture, has opened a brand new joint in the heart of Stellenbosch. De Vrije Burger joins his growing family of restaurants that also includes Bertus Basson at Spice Route, The Deck and Spek en Bone in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. This joint heroes the humble burger with a seriously simple menu: A 200g free-range beef burger with all the trimmings, a small selection of sides, and soft serve. It’s a tiny hole in the wall so drop by for a quick fill-up.
For more, visit bertusbasson.com
43 Plein St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
Say “Hello” to Doppio Zero, a unique food concept recently opened in the heart of Stellenbosch. With a seasonal and local spin on their Mediterranean-inspired menu, you can expect a fresh and fragrant taste experience. For the health freaks, there are also health bowls packed full of all sorts of goodness, as well as gluten-free and vegan options.
While you are at it, a trip to new Bar Baric cocktail lounge adjoining Doppio Zero is a definite must. Set in a moody modern interior you can sip on their exquisite selection of gin on offer and watch the characters of Stellenbosch go by.
For more, visit doppio.co.za/
Cnr Market St & Dorp St, Stellenbosch
This new spot is the passion project of brothers Danie and Moskou, who you might recognise as members of Afrikaans band Spoegwolf. The menu promises to be original and heart-filled, including dishes like butter chicken bunny chow with a turmeric brioche, and smoked pasta lasagnette tossed in egg yolk with slow roasted vegetables. Or how about a white chocolate and bay leaf crème brûlée with bay leaf dust and white chocolate ice cream. Sounds decadent to me.
For more info, visit drumstellenbosch.com
50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
And just when we thought the Stellenbosch restaurant scene could not get any better, August brought with it Eike by Bertus Basson – a true reflection of “the city of oaks” we so love. With a glass of wine in hand, you can awaken your senses to the flavours of South Africa and enjoy a seasonal and locally-inspired meal, within one of Stellenbosch’s historic buildings off Dorp Street. Tastefully decorated, with a rustic botanic feel, Eike encapsulates an intimate space for the perfect fine-dining experience. Eike Restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 7 pm onwards.
For more, visit bertusbasson.com
Green Goose Eastery
Mill Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
The Green Goose eatery has recently hatched in the Stellenbosch nest, and the chirps of Chef and Patron Gustaaf Boshoff local and seasonally inspired cuisine is music to our ears. Think classic dishes and desserts with a funky twist.
For more, visit Facebook
For the love of good old Irish whiskey, Hanks is the new grown-up drinking spot in Stellenbosch. Reimagined in dingy space of Hidden Cellar above De Akker, you will be transported to a bygone era when flowing booze and jazz were the talks of the town. It’s time to sit back, drink in this tastefully adorned space and enjoy a wide selection of whiskey, as well as bourbons, beers, wine and tasty cocktails on offer.
For more, visit hanks.co.za
Kunjani is a brand new name on the Stellenbosch wine route, built on the idea that good food and good wine can bring people from all languages and cultures together. Their small selection of wines go well with their seasonal menu, with options like Asian Braised Pork Belly, Pan Fried Steak or Homemade Tagliatelle with Basil Pesto.
For more, visit kunjaniwines.co.za
Schoon Croissant & Coffee Bar
A beautifully decorated matchbox space in the heart of Stellenbosch, Schoon Croissant & Coffee Bar has an enticing offer. Think warm buttery croissants, stuffed with sweet and savoury fillings, washed down this a piping brew of fragrant barista coffee. The perfect breakfast stop or lunch break grab, you can order on the go; and add a bite of indulgence to your day.
For more, visit schoon.co.za
The Backyard Braai by Hudsons
77 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
The Backyard Braai takes up the courtyard behind the Hudsons on Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, serving up South African braai classics. Think Springbok potjie, slow-smoked brisket, and locally farmed trout cooked on maple boards. They are also pouring 10 craft gins with a variety of tonic options, and naturally you’ll get your favourite craft beers as well.
For more info, visit theburgerjoint.co.za
The Missing Sock
Where convenience goes hand-in-hand with quirky innovation, The Missing Sock has a unique offering: A same day Dry Cleaning and Laundry service, where you can also sip on a piping brew of Tribe coffee and enjoy the good vibes (and free Wifi). So need to worry about the hassle of laundry, simply drop it off at The Missing Sock on your way to work; and get your morning fix while you’re at it.
For more, visit Facebook
1 Place Vendome, Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Beleef Restaurant has brought something unique to Franschhoek all things French dinner table: an elegant taste of South Africa. Where classic European dishes are kissed with a local character and latino flavours, their three-course menu showcases the likes of a boerewors starter complemented with salsa and chilli , ‘Ou kaapse Kos” or Escabeche trout served with traditional mieliepap, as well as classic dessert options, such as souffle and ice-cream and their signature Beleef a Trifle. Open from 6 pm, you can enjoy a fine-dining experience in a warm and friendly environment.
For more, visit beleefrestaurant.co.za
42 Huguenot Road
Chef Oliver Cattermole has left his post at the Leeu Collection to run his own show. The menu at Bovine shows off the carnivorous, hearty dishes he has become known for, from Smoked Sweetcorn Nuggets with Chipotle Mayo to Oudtshoorn Ostrich with Onion Jam and Stellies Blue Cheese. It sounds like just the spot for a winter-time indulgence.
For more, visit bovinerestaurant.co.za
Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Maison Estate, on the R45 before Franschhoek Village
Chefs Warehouse took over the kitchen at Maison Estate in December, the fourth establishment from Chef Liam Tomlin. Chef David Schneider is leading the pack in the kitchen, creating a range of exciting, mouthwatering tapas that Chef’s Warehouse is famous for.
For more, visit maisonestate.co.za/restaurant/
Le Coin Français
17 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
After years running the show as Exectuve Chef at Grande Provence, Chef Darren Badenhorst has finally set up his own restaurant. Le Coin Français shows off elegant French cuisine paired with the best local wines. I’ve long-since been a huge fan of Chef Badenhorts’s food, which is both visually striking and packed with flavour. I expect great things from this new venture.
For more, visit lecoinfrancais.co.za
Le Petite Manoir
54 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
A flavourful journey awaits you at Le Petite Manoir, where you can bask in the glory of a Mediterranean inspired breakfast and tappa style lunch. Why not go for the ultimate fine dining experience and and enjoy a sensational dinner with their expertly crafted meals with a European flair.
For more, visit lepetitmanoir.co.za/
The Franschhoek Beer Co.
On the R45 before Franschhoek Village
The Franschhoek Beer Co. is a joint venture by Alex McCormack, Frank Rodriguez and Ruben Riffel brings finely crafted beers to the Franschhoek wine valley. You can sip on 5 different styles of beer, or venture into their beer cocktails, while sampling delicious dishes off the menu at Tap|Eat. Chef Nick Oosthuizen, previous Sous Chef at Foilage, is creating seriously creative dishes, using fresh, seasonal produce, most of which comes straight from their own garden.
For more, visit franschhoekbeerco.co.za
Nom Nom Eatery
Nom Nom Eatery has replaced Benguela on Main, offering a more laid back dining experience. Headed by Chef Sebastian Smith, the eatery will serve reshly brewed coffee, daily baked sweet treats, signature cocktails and wines. They also have a Benguela Cove wine bar where you can pop in for after-work drinks and snacks. The eatery will be open from 10am till late and they have free Wi-Fi for the people who are looking for a space to work.
For more, visit nomnom.co.za