Have a prego roll and a 2M beer at Sophie’s Bistro in Nelspruit.
SOPHIE’S BISTRO, NELSPRUIT he Farm Stall at Halls in Nelspruit has been a mustvisit roadside stop since the 1950s. It has grown into quite an institution: These days you’ll find the Fever Tree Nursery, an equestrian supplies shop and a new eatery called Sophie’s Bistro on the same premises. Sit down at Sophie’s and it’s easy to think you’ve been transported to Mozambique. Owners Dries and Elize van Rooyen worked in the restaurant business in Maputo and surrounds for about 20 years before they moved to the other side of the Lebombo Mountains. Dip chunks of fresh pão (Portuguese roll) into their delicious peri peri sauce while
Tyou wait for your chicken livers (R55) to arrive. The prawns are made according to a Mozambican family recipe and they’re scrumptious. Order a full portion for R225, a small portion for R145, or have prawns as a side dish with calamari for R185. Craving more turf and less surf? A prego roll with chips costs R90 and a beef burger with a sauce of your choice costs R85. If you’re hungry and in a hurry, like most of the local macadamia nut farmers, order the Quick Steak (R60) – a 200 g rump with chips. This is the Slowveld, though, so make time to enjoy Sophie’s properly. There are long tables inside and there’s a cool breeze on the stoep. All the food is freshly prepared by Elize in the kitchen and Dries and the waiters will make sure your glass is never empty while you wait. Order a 2M beer (R22) or a Tipo Tinto rum and raspberry (R28) to enhance the Mozam vibe. Hey, the traffic noise outside almost sounds like waves on a beach… Where? Halls is on the R104 in Nelspruit, just off the N4. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am. The bistro closes at 9 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 8 pm on Sundays. Contact: 078 460 3049 (Elize), email@example.com or search for “Sophie’s Bistro Nelspruit” on Facebook