Stel­len­bosch on foot

Woolworths TASTE - - Scene Stealer -

Sure, wine farm res­tau­rants have the best views, but when it comes to cool food spots, Stel­len­bosch’s city cen­tre has got it go­ing on. Spend a week­end in town and take

a walk­ing sa­fari to find the town’s hottest res­tau­rants and bars

1 For crazy crois­sants:

SCHOON MANUFACTORY AND CROIS­SANT HATCH Stel­len­bosch lo­cals shed a tear when, after seven suc­cess­ful years, Fritz Schoon’s glo­ri­ous bak­ery left Stel­len­bosch for Som­er­set West. Now, the bak­ery is back in the Eikestad with two new lo­ca­tions: an in­dus­trial-chic “Manufactory” café in Bird Street, and a cute hatch in the De Wet Cen­tre court­yard. At the Manufactory, start the day with soft scram­bled eggs from Usana Farm, Ryan Boon ba­con and coun­try loaf toast – and watch while the staff wres­tle huge batches of sour­dough, dark rye and baguettes in the kitchen. The hatch – dec­o­rated in gor­geous flo­ral wall­pa­per – fo­cuses on crois­sants, baked goods and cof­fee – a sig­na­ture Schoon blend cour­tesy of Conti Cof­fee. Don’t leave with­out try­ing one of the baked treats: think won­der­fully al­mondy ap­ple friands, straw­berry-andyo­ghurt cronuts and ri­cotta-and-honey crois­sants. Schoon Manufactory Café, 91 Bird Street, La Colline; Schoon Crois­sant and Cof­fee Bar, De Wet Cen­tre, corner Church and Bird Streets

2 For a sin­gle-malt whisky: HANK’S Named for fa­mous barfly and au­thor Henry Charles Bukowski – whose nick­name was Hank – this fairly new whisky bar is a great spot for sto­ry­telling and slow sip­ping. Lo­cated di­rectly above vet­eran drink­ing spot De Akker Pub, the moody, so­phis­ti­cated space was de­signed by Story De­sign Col­lec­tive, who recre­ated the at­mos­phere of a hunt­ing lodge with pressed ceil­ings, leather ban­quettes and old hunt­ing paint­ings (which fre­quently fea­ture the char­ac­ter from the logo – a cheeky fox, which al­ways es­capes the hunter). There’s an im­pres­sive range of Ir­ish and Scotch whiskies to try, as well as a cou­ple of op­tions from Tai­wan, Japan, Amer­ica and SA. Or sip on a per­fectly poured whisky sour with a light egg white froth, or a Paloma – the Mex­i­can cock­tail that’s more authen­tic than a mar­garita. Catch live acous­tic blues and folk on Tues­days, and jazz on Thurs­days.

1st floor, De Akker build­ing, 90 Dorp Street (en­trance on Herte Street)

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For a glo­ri­ous har­vest ta­ble: GREENGATE DELI

Pile up a plate of fresh sal­ads and meat from the har­vest ta­ble at this re­laxed café. Sand­wiches and pies (try the veni­son one) are an­other great lunch op­tion. Swel­ter­ing Stel­len­bosch sum­mer days call for milk­shakes made with Ital­ian ice cream or ve­gan blue­berry-and-banana “nice cream”. Owner In­grid du Toit is pas­sion­ate about ve­gan cook­ing – so look out for other spe­cials in­clud­ing ve­gan car­rot cake, ve­gan choco­late and co­conut cake and ve­gan tagines.

De Wet Square, corner Church and Bird Streets

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For farm-fresh food when­ever you like: BOSCHENDAL AT OUDE BANK

Lo­cated in the former home of Schoon (see page 57 for their new lo­ca­tion), this all-day spot is now also of­fer­ing din­ners from Wednes­day to Satur­day. Think farm pizza made with lo­cal, stone­ground flour; or­ganic yel­low maize-bat­tered hake and chips with charred onion dip, and farm-fresh sal­ads – all de­vel­oped by Boschendal’s star chef Chris­ti­aan Camp­bell. In the af­ter­noon, pop in for a plat­ter and a cock­tail – try The Stop­watch Gang with whisky, pomegranate juice, cit­rus stock, stop­watch syrup, or­ange and pomegranate bit­ters and gin­ger ale.

7 Church Street

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For a slap-up lunch: JAR­DINE RESTAU­RANT Ge­orge Jar­dine is the master of turn­ing com­fort food into fine-din­ing plates, like the braised Wil­lis­ton lamb shoul­der “pie”, hon­eyed parsnip, grilled lamb kid­ney and roasted gar­lic (top). At his An­dringa Street space (no. 9 on the 2019 Eat

Out Top 10), he serves a sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able two- or three-course menu

(if you cal­cu­late based on cost per units of de­li­cious­ness). 1 An­dringa Street

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