BEST FOR Fun nights in Melville with gen­er­ous por­tions of SA com­fort food. FOOD To start, South African snoek baked with whole apri­cots or os­trich bobotie frikkadels of­fer lo­cal flavour. A ve­gan burger is on the main menu as is boer­wors, um­n­qusho (samp and sugar beans) and an os­trich burger. These hearty dishes need to be fol­lowed by dessert. Op­tions in­clude Maroela malva, con­sist­ing of Amarula cream; a warm chocpot, which is a mus­cadel and coconut cream with vanilla short­bread; and soft, caramel sand­wiches. DRINKS The of­fer­ing show­cases lo­cal craft from bou­tique pro­duc­ers: Hope on Hop­kin’s Salt River Gin, To­matin whisky, Dog & Fig ale, and a wide se­lec­tion of wine in­clud­ing Gabriël­skloof ‘The Blend’ from Bot River. SER­VICE Warm, pa­tient and invit­ing. AM­BI­ENCE At night, a large tree glows with fairy­lights while a book­seller pushes his cart past the out­door ta­bles. Lucky Bean treads the tightrope between be­ing overtly touristy and em­brac­ing lo­cal fare. (TM)

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