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Tuck into a Cape Malay lamb curry at the Olive Ter­race Bistro in Tulbagh.

OLIVE TER­RACE BISTRO, TULBAGH

The Boland town of Tulbagh is full of Cape Dutch-style build­ings, with tell­tale gables, thatched roofs and dark green doors. This is no ac­ci­dent – many of the his­tor­i­cal build­ings were metic­u­lously re­stored af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake that rav­aged the town in 1969. Olive Ter­race Bistro is at The Tulbagh Bou­tique Her­itage Ho­tel. Parts of the ho­tel build­ing date from the mid-1800s and there are some even older build­ings op­po­site: Win­ter­hoek Manor (1813) and the Toll House (1809). (Be­sides the bistro, the ho­tel also has the Ka­ree Ta­pas and Wine Bar, which serves ta­pas and pizza and craft beer and gin.) I find my way to my ta­ble at Olive Ter­race as the light fades and the peaks of the Win­ter­hoek Moun­tains glow pink. So­lar lanterns switch on as the sky grows darker and fairy lights mag­i­cally trans­form the court­yard. The à la carte din­ner menu is filled with mouth-wa­ter­ing dishes like roasted pork belly with creamy mash (R120), Cape Malay lamb curry (R135) and tra­di­tional paella (R115), but it changes weekly. I even­tu­ally set­tle on the 300 g rump steak (R145) and my col­league chooses the Mex­i­can chicken (R95). The wine list fea­tures lo­cal wines from the Tulbagh Val­ley and you can or­der many by the glass (about R30). Break­fast is served un­til 11 am, with stal­warts like a three-egg omelette on the menu (R65) and more in­dul­gent dishes like Eggs Royale – poached eggs on pump­kin frit­ters with rocket, smoked trout and hol­landaise sauce (R95). The “light meals” menu fea­tures open sand­wiches with fill­ings like smashed avo and pea, or pulled pork (both R85). Open­ing times: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm. The restau­rant is pop­u­lar so make sure you book a ta­ble, es­pe­cially for din­ner. Where? 22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh, about 120 km from Cape Town via the N1 and the R44. More info: 023 230 0071; tul­bagh­ho­tel.co.za

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