Things work a little differently at the Belfry (pronounced Belfree), which resides in the Old Post Office cum dealership store as you enter town, although when you first step over the threshold this isn’t immediately obvious.
Restaurants and Eateries
In this section we post Restaurant Reviews. Its not just about fine dining – we will review award-winning restaurants, casual eateries, sidewalf cafes and coffee shops. Restaurants in South Africa offer the diner an extraordinarily wide range of dining experiences. To find out more about dining out in South Africa see South Africa Restaurants.
Food trucks have taken on new meaning. No longer do they fall into the play-incessant-mindless-jingle ice-cream van class. Or the white, sugared rolls with pink Vienna and a good dollop of tomato sauce scene either.
Food trucks are now ‘mobile eateries’ that dish up gourmet food to compete with the best of restaurants. Find them at weddings, parties, concerts, weekend markets and street corners in the city.
What really makes them viable is the wheel factor – they get to you, rather than you having to get to them.
Here are 20 of the finest food trucks in South Africa, city by city… Continued
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining not once, but twice in the same day at the superb Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane. Located just outside the well known Leopard Creek Golf Estate and named after Stevenson Hamilton, the first Kruger National Park ranger, Hamiltons offers good quality food prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
Originally a trading store and now a family run restaurant Hamiltons is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike… Continued
We recently did a bit of a road trip to Malelane in Mpumalanga and spent a night en-route in the quaint town of Dullstroom. Although we had booked a self catering unit at Treelands Estate, who really wants to self cater when there is such a choice of restaurants to dine at?
After strolling through the town on our arrival two venues caught our eye; The Royal Coachman and The Mayfly. We decided on The Mayfly and reserved a table but after chatting to our host at Treelands and asking his opinion of the two, he summarized by saying that The Mayfly catered more for Sandton while the Royal Coachman catered for Dullstroom. Well, that swayed us and after canceling at The Mayfly we headed for the Coachman! Continued
We popped in to Old Main Brewery in Hilton for a quick bite to eat before heading to our evening show at the Hilton Arts Festival last week Saturday. Formerly known as Crossways, this Hilton institution has undergone a bit of rebranding and is cementing itself as the reliable place to go for good food, service and beer!
The aim of Old Main Brewery is to offer an English pub experience and with crackling fires (definitely needed in chilly Hilton), microbrewery beers and a relaxed vibe they have achieve that. The premises have a beer garden for summer days or otherwise the large deck with bright red umbrellas is the perfect place to bask in the sun while enjoying lunch. Continued
Saturday morning saw us, once again, heading through to Durban for the ParkRun which starts outside the Sibaya Casino and follows the promenade for 2.5kms and back again. After popping in at my sister-in-laws house for a shower and change of clothes, we made our way to Morningside for a much deserved (and needed) coffee and breakfast.
Located opposite the beautiful Mitchell Park is a row of shops; a furniture store, clothing boutique and a jeweler. Squeezed in between these three is a smallish kitchen with a handful of tables … this is Chuck and Bobs! Luckily for us a party of four left as we arrived; we got a seat immediately and after ordering a cappuccino each we settled down to peruse the menu. Continued
I had the most wonderful morning last Saturday; enjoying a long overdue catchup with a very dear school friend. We had last seen each other at my 40th birthday lunch in November and here we were in July … where had the time gone too?
As she lives in Durban North and I live on a farm just outside of Stanger we decided to meet in Umhlali which is pretty much halfway for both of us and would not be the chaos that is Ballito on a Saturday morning! Continued
Durban as a ‘foodie destination’ is a recent concept. The Roma revolving restaurant was about as good as it got. Recently areas like Greyville, Berea and Glenwood have mushroomed into trendy alternatives to the always buzzing Florida Road, and places to nosh have restored the city’s lunch and dinner scene.
Here are 10 of the best eateries in Durban, for a variety of reasons… Continued
Described by many as resembling a scene from ‘A River Runs Through It‘, Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a ‘country gym session’, while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains.
Stanford has quietly been attracting ‘swallows’, investors, weekenders, visitors and residents to its sleepy river banks over the past few years, shaking things up for the better. This small Overberg town now boasts award-winning wineries, restaurants and artisans, along with just about the prettiest country views you’ve ever clapped eyes on… Continued
I love a lie in on a Saturday morning, but this last Saturday we found ourselves heading down the highway at 06h45 in order to get to Durban in time for our first ever Park Run which started at 08h00. What a great event … A free 5km time trial that happens every Saturday with the route starting on the promenade outside Suncoast Casino and making its way past Circus Circus Beach Cafe for 2.5kms before heading back to Suncoast.
My husband and I went out for dinner on Friday at a restaurant we found almost by accident. My first choice was for Thai but on arrival at the restaurant in Umhlali, it appeared that it has closed its doors for business (either that or they only operate during lunch hours), our second choice was for Chinese but the restaurant was lacking a lot of ambiance and so we settled on pizza and pasta at La Piazza.
Winter is the season Capetonians like to pretend doesn’t happen. That or they simply forget that it can get really cold on the southernmost tip of the African continent.
Point in case: most popular coffee hangouts adopt pavement culture as the crux of their allure. Great for summer. But there is only so much ‘central heating’ a cup of coffee held between the palms of your hands can do for you.
So where do you go in Cape Town when only a fireplace, or a seriously well-heated interior, will do without losing any of the A-M-B-I-E-N-C-E?
Our recommended 10 cozy coffee spots with fireplaces in Cape Town … Continued
Tucked away in a corner on the 2nd floor of the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is a brightly decorated little restaurant in Umhlanga called De’Ma. It had been recommended to friends of ours who were on holiday in Umhlanga from Cape Town and we joined them there last week for dinner.
To be honest I was not bowled over by the service; when my husband and I arrived at approximately 18h30 we were the only customers in the restaurant and we still had to signal for the waiter’s attention in order to get ourselves a beverage! The food however, was delicious and once we’d got over the shock of being asked to pay R75 corkage (this was dropped to R35 after a call to the restaurant’s owner) we got stuck in and really enjoyed our meals. Continued
As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s. Continued
Included in an adventure holiday that my boyfriend and I were fortunate enough to win, was dinner at Oysters R Us. We were staying in Sedgefield and after taking a drive to the Wilderness to explore we stopped in at Oysters R Us. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive at first; the thought of sinking my teeth into live oysters didn’t have much appeal. My thought process when we walked in was that I would try at least one and my boyfriend could have the rest. Continued