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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), so­phies­bistrorg@gmail.com or search for “So­phie’s Bistro Nel­spruit” on Face­book

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