We decided to have an early dinner on our last night in Knysna so we could get back to our B&B in time for the closing ceremony of the soccer World Cup. We were on our way to the Knysna Waterfront and passed a little place called Chatters – we hadn’t quite decided what we wanted to eat but it was cold and the sign for ‘wood fired pizzas’ made our decision for us. The restaurant was empty (don’t take that as a bad sign; it was only 5pm!) and we were shown to a table slap bang next to a pot bellied stove – clearly the best table in the house!
We were famished so didn’t waste any time ordering our dinner: a burger for my husband and I chose a pasta. The burger arrived with proper, homemade chips and the patty was piled high with bacon, feta cheese and the other relishes and toppings that make a burger a great burger!
My pasta was exactly what I wanted – instead of going for a cream based sauce like I normally do, I was thoroughly satisfied with my Spaghetti Alla Pancetta: a divine mix of sun roasted tomatoes, pesto, pancetta and spring onion. Divine! The portion was enormous but although I thought I wouldn’t get through the bowl in front of me I managed – it was just that good. I also had my eye on apple pie and cream for desert (what else is a girl to do when the weather is so dire?!) but my tummy wouldn’t have been able to fit that in to!
Owner managed and run, Chatters is in an original Knysna fisherman’s house and is easily identified with the bright red wood fired pizza oven easily visible from the road. There are a few tables for outside dining during warmer months.
I’m so pleased we had the chance to try this sweet little eatery and would definitely recommend it anyone visiting Knysna.
Chatters; 9a Grey Street, Knysna, Garden Route
Telephone: +27 (0)44 382-0203