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2014 Boschendal Style Award: The Kitchen at Weylandts in Kramerville

The Kitchen bistro-style café at Weylandts is the embodiment of a brand founded on natural style and family values.

The restaurant

In 2011 Chris Weylandt and Kim Smith extended their revered Weylandts furniture, design and décor brand to include in-shop bistro cafés. One of three across the country, The Kitchen at Weylandts in Kramerville is an oasis in this on-the-up post-industrial design suburb.

The food

National executive chef Charlene Pretorius was tasked with conceptualising a food philosophy that reflected the Weylandts brand: good living that’s natural, simple and honest. The result is a menu that places handcrafted organic produce, much of which hails from the Weylandts family farm, at centre stage. The Cape Malay fish cakes with gooseberry chutney and spiced aioli, emerging from the Kramerville kitchen under the guidance of sous chef Cynthia Darisene, are a firm menu favourite.

The interior at The Kitchen at Weylandts Kramerville. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at The Kitchen at Weylandts Kramerville. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The style

Using primarily natural materials and flooded with light, the minimal contemporary space is warm and inviting. Chris Weylandt himself designed the oak bistro tables, steel pâtisserie table and the kiaat wooden serving boards. The ceramic coffee cups were handmade at The Potter’s Gallery and most of the other crockery is from Mervyn Gers Ceramics. Adding a touch of worldly flair are the rattan lamps from the Philippines and the transparent Igloo chairs from Italy.

Wine bottles on a shelf at The Kitchen at Weylandts Kramerville. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Wine bottles on a shelf at The Kitchen at Weylandts Kramerville. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Does The Kitchen at Weylandts in Kramerville have what it takes to win the 2014 Boschendal Style Award?

The winner will be announced at the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards on Sunday 16 November. (Buy your tickets now.) See the other nominees here.

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