Situated at De Warenmarkt in central Stellenbosch, Kan 10 is the creation of two chefs with excellent reputations: Nic van Wyk of Bistro 13 and Westley Muller of Towerbosch. Judging by the throngs of people, it’s been a huge hit. Greg Landman test-drives the concept.
Food type: street food market
Best for: breakfast and lunch
Average main course: R100. Burgers and flatbreads are less, meat cuts more.
Parking: on-street; take your chances
Star ratings: Food: 4, service: 3, ambience: 3
This is high flavour country with nary a sign of haute anywhere to be seen. Breakfasts include things like Scotch eggs with tomato fondue, a bacon and pork sausage white farm loaf sandwich with HP sauce, and beef brisket and cauliflower hash cakes with paprika cream – every boy’s dream meal. Lunch brings out flatbreads and tostadas with various toppings. Think sweet, sticky Asian pork belly with avocado, pineapple salsa, black pepper cream cheese and smoked jalapeno mayo – as south of the border as you will ever get.
If you would prefer something less exotic, try the chicken Caesar with cos lettuce, anchovy salad dressing (natch) and crispy bacon with croutons and parmesan shavings. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Giant burgers with buttermilk-marinated fried chicken and sweetcorn – as well as the usual ones with cheese and beef patties – deliver in spades. The ultimate option, though, is to order your own cut of meat from the in-house Ryan Boon butchery. Kan 10 will cook it the way you like it and serve it with chips and salad for an extra R50 – a great idea.
The sweet side is taken care of, with pancakes with yummy fillings like Nutella and bananas, as well as waffles.
The wine comes from the in-house vendor, Olive or Twist, who has a small but well-priced list. There are also craft beers available if wine isn’t your thing and innovative cocktails take up the slack.
Friendly and relaxed — very Stellenbosch.
This new venture brings together various food elements under one roof and the menu around which it all revolves. Think of it as a relaxed market experience, with long benches that encourage congeniality, and you’ll get the idea. Say the name in Afrikaans — Kan 10. Get it?
Take home some of the goodies on offer, especially the fabulous breads from Mano’s Bakery.
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