For a trendy spot at which almost nothing is predictable, Foo Bar Cafe in George is a definite winner. It is located between the SPAR and Virgin Active in the Heatherpark Centre, just off CJ Langenhoven, tucked away discreetly in the far corner. But, on entering, it is immediately a delight to the senses.
It is light and airy, as the doors are all opened up onto the sheltered patio, allowing the sunlight and fresh air to drift inside. The décor is funky and eclectic, juxtaposing some crazy prints with classically simple black-and-white features, but giving neither the upper hand. Oversized scatter cushions may bear embroidered wording (like “be nice or leave”) or some of South Africa’s most in-demand animal prints. Chairs are upholstered in similarly cool textiles.
Wall tattoos, blackboard blocks with “suiwer” South African sayings suspended from the ceilings, and tastefully designed multi-coloured menus complete the ‘look’.
The menu comprises breakfasts (served until 12h00), burgers, nachos, salads and a wide variety of very tasty pizzas. The latter have a thin-crust, and are cooked in the wood-fire oven, allowing diners to watch as their dinner makes it way from the oven to the table. The portions are more than generous, and the ingredients fresh and flavoursome.
The prices are reasonable, with pizzas ranging between about R40 and R100. My 4 Seasons pizza was R74, with an added R12 for the avocado that I added. The desserts vary all the time, which means that they require the waitress to discuss them with you. I was far too full after only half of my pizza to even hear about the desserts.
The service is friendly and very efficient. The owner is always around; smiling, welcoming patrons and checking on everyone. She is also hands-on, helping the waitresses when things start livening up a bit.
The customers are a mixed pot of families enjoying a quick refreshment, young girls ordering a welcome glass of wine after work and, like me, lone travellers reading a book.
George Planing Tips
Whether you are passing George en route somewhere else, or you are exploring the Outeniqua Region for an extended period of time, the Foo Bar Café is a fabulous venue for good food, friendly service and a zshoosh break away.