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Review: Pastas, pastries and fresh produce at Grain Mill Organic Bistro in Knysna

The Schmids set the benchmark high for the slow-food ethic in this unassuming bistro in Knysna. Eat Out critic Charlotte Pregnolato visits Grain Mill Organic Bistro.

Fast facts

Best for: Wholesome breakfasts and lunches
Cost: Average price main course is R85
Serves: Organic produce and fresh bakes
Star rating: Food 3, service 3, ambience 3

Food

On the premises they grind organic spelt into flour for delicious breads, pastas and pastries daily. Simple breakfasts and sandwiches on the regular menu are supplemented by a blackboard list of daily specials, always including a vegetarian soup – the lentil version is lovely – and yummy desserts like cheesecake, poppyseed cake and carrot cake.

The best seasonal, carefully grown produce and beef, chicken, eggs and cheese are sourced from local farmers and served in a surprisingly diverse array of dishes. Options range from vegan sandwiches, lasagne and pizza to heavenly seafood bouillabaisse, lamb curry, German sausage and sauerkraut, beef goulash with noodles, and a mighty fine hamburger. Locals are also devoted to Adelheid’s gorgeous fine-cut vegetable salad served on its own, or with crispy veg burgers dressed in tangy tomato sauce.

Drinks

Grain Mill Organic Bistro is not licenced, but there’s always a fresh juice of the day, refreshing kombucha or fine herbal teas to sip. Indulgently creamy iced coffee is a great way to cool down.

Service

Staff members are well trained and friendly. Dishes are prepared to order, but the pace is reasonable and food is delivered hot.

Ambience

The patio is inviting, newly planted with trees and flowers and shaded tables. The cosy spaces indoors fill up on cooler days. There’s a little play area for kids off the back dining room.

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And…

The small farm stall carries an array of seasonally organic fruit and veggies, ghee, a fine line of goat’s cheese (including a vegetarian pecorino), home-made yoghurt, spelt bread and pasta.

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