Eat out published a great list of recommended restaurants on the Garden Route. Born up a tree
Excellent local products form the basis for the stellar dishes created by chef Lizelle Stolze. Visitors will learn about SA culture as they sample slow-cooked ostrich or springbok; roasted veg in a mieliepap basket on tomato seshebo; and Amarula crème brûlée. You will be very well looked after in this elegant space.
Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant
This lakeside lodge invites you to linger over alfresco lunches of beautifully plated local cheeses, meats and olive oil with fresh bread; caprese linguine; and banting-friendly pork parmigiano with cauliflower purée, truffle oil and vegetables. The wine list is a showcase for the lovely wines of Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Walker Bay. (There’s a chocolate and wine pairing, too).
Trattoria da Vinci
The marvellous food is the result of over 20 years of Leah and Steve Baletta’s hands-on approach and insistence on quality. Favourites are lamb shank al forno; chicken or veal schnitzel; roast pork with crackling; fresh tagliatelli; and crusty pizzas. The outdoor patio is a comfortable space on all but the coldest nights.
Cathy & Remy’s Die Gieter
Casual French bistro-type fare takes the form of generous plates of pita with dips; a lovely starter of scallops; bobotie rolls; baked camembert; rich duck confit with duck-fat potatoes; and fish of the day in lemony meunière sauce. Desserts like poached pears and cheesecake are generously portioned.
East Head Café
The fish and chips are as crisp as ever and the seafood specials, which may include a piquant Cape Malay seafood curry, are top notch. Guests can enjoy splendid views of the Knysna estuary as it meets the Indian Ocean, and kids have a roomy play area off the patio.
Grain Mill Organic Bistro
There’s a focus on local, sustainable, organic and free-range ingredients, starting with the spelt flour ground on the premises and baked into loaves, cheesy pizza bread, brownies and tasty pastas. Your best bet is the chalkboard menu of specials. A charming patio meanders around the building, and inside, long wooden tables are great for large parties.