I had dinner at Perlman House Restaurant in Sutherland when I was in the town last week and what a night that was! A booking had been made for star gazing (we were in the star gazing capital of the world after all) but we were having such a wonderful time that we made a unanimous decision to just turn our heads to the heavens instead for our own version of star gazing!
Perlman’s is owned and run by Annie, Vincent and Annie’s mum! We booked a table and although this is advisable during the weekend we were there on a Monday evening and there was only one other table booked. We had a few pre-dinner drinks in the pub – a wonderfully cosy room where a log fire normally blazes during the winter but it was unseasonably warm and a fire was not needed. The walls are covered in messages and graffiti from past punters and travellers who have visited the coldest place in South Africa.
Although not a chef, Annie is a brilliant cook and her meals are testament to that. I had originally decided on lamb chops (three of them) served with homemade chips, salad and onion rings but changed my mind when she mentioned that she still had two servings of oxtail left. Served with an ample portion of rice the oxtail was quite simply, delicious. My dinner companion chose lamb curry which was equally as tasty. Other dishes on the menu were steak and chicken. Starters are chicken livers or soup of the day.
I finished off my meal with a Kahlua coffee in the pub and we spent a good few hours relaxing and meeting the Sutherland locals! What a wonderful evening and a perfect end to our stay in Sutherland. Maybe next time we will get snowed in and can spend a few more hours at the Perlmans pub counter!
Telephone: +27 (0)23 571-1454
Address: Piet Retief Street, Sutherland, Northern Cape