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Tamboers Winkel

Tamboers Winkel
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Hip & happening
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Bianca Coleman

Food
Look for the menu on the wall, as well as various weekly specials, although 'every night is burger night'. The menu for lunch and dinner may be small, but it’s big on yumminess. Choose between charcuterie and cheese platters, lovely colourful salads, gourmet sandwiches, chicken pie (one of four chicken dishes), or a bobotie wrap. Breakfast offers excellent value for money in the shape of gorgeous soft scrambled eggs, rashers of crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes, and a great big croissant for less than R60. Another delicious option is French toast with bacon, strawberries, and honey. Wash it down with a cappuccino for a great start to the day.

Drinks
There is no wine list, but a wall full of bottles from which you can choose. Wine is also available by the glass, and they offer weekly tastings and craft beer specials.

Service
Friendly and fast. Food comes out of the open-plan kitchen at top speed.

Ambience
The décor is lovely, with lots of bare wood, high ceilings and clever lighting fixtures. Jams and oils are displayed on the shelves to buy and take home. WiFi is free – it’s not enough to check your mail, but you can use it for social media. It’s a small venue so you might have to share a table, or take a seat outside on the pavement in the pretty nook draped with foliage.

And…
Although the eatery closes at 4pm on weekends, you can arrange a special booking for dinner, and the coffee machine runs from 6am.

(October 2015)

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  • Graham Howe

    Food 
    Simple and sustainable, honest and homely food is the credo of owner Theo van Niekerk, who has created a cosy venue inspired by the aromas and flavours of his grandmother’s kitchen in the OFS.

    For breakfast try the popular French toast with bacon, banana and honey, or a yummy croissant with scrambled free-range eggs, bacon and cherry tomatoes. For any time of the day, the legendary homemade chicken pie ’n slaai or free-range rotisserie chicken are good options.

    Vegetarians can look forward to a heavenly gnocchi with lemon, garlic and sage, a choice of creative seasonal salads (beetroot with balsamic and honey dressing, green beans and chickpeas) or the cheese plate. The soups are wholesome and big on flavour with bold combinations – imagine cauliflower, vanilla and bacon with home-baked rye bread.

    When you’re tired of fiddly, fussy food with too many bells and whistles, come refresh your taste buds here with scrumptious, old-fashioned salads and gourmet sarmies, like bresaola, fig and camembert.

    Drinks 
    They serve great coffee, craft beers – and a small list of wines by glass and bottle. Add R30 corkage fee and open one straight off of the shelves.

    Service 
    Place your order at the counter, after choosing from the board with the dishes spelled out in scrabble alphabet.  Take a seat at the long communal wooden table and sit back.

    Ambience 
    This is a whimsical neighbourhood joint with farmhouse kitchen charm, deli counter and shelves loaded with cheeses and deli goodies. A place to linger over the newspapers and free WiFi with really good coffee, muffins and gluten-free brownies.

    And… 
    Also take note of their free wine tastings on Wednesday evenings and burger nights on Thursday evenings.

    (July 2014)

  • Sitting pretty on a hill, this is the perfect spot for rotisserie chicken or gooey brownie and Deluxe coffee. A cosy joint that reminds you of your granny’s kitchen.
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    Theo, who was the manager at [Van Hunks](http://www.eatout.co.za/Restaurants/6767/Cape-Town/Grills-South-African/Van-Hunks ""Van Hunks"") before opening up his own space, says he wanted to re-create his grandparents’ farm kitchen, which was situated in the Eastern Free State. Clarissa Lee is the woman in chef’s whites. “She is very talented and passionate about food,” says Theo of his chef, who had her own deli in Pretoria before moving to Cape Town.Ingredients take centre stage here, and it’s an all-star cast. Cheese comes from Get Stuffed (owner Valerie Elder’s store [The Real Cheese](http://www.eatout.co.za/Stores-Markets/586/Cape-Town/Cheese/The-Real-Cheese ""The Real Cheese"") is an Eat In award winner), Fairview and Forest Hill Cheesery. Bread hails from [Manna Epicure](http://www.eatout.co.za/Restaurants/3709/Cape-Town/Contemporary/Manna-Epicure ""Manna Epicure""), while charcuterie comes from Twelve Pigs and the [Black Forest Butchery](http://www.eatout.co.za/Stores-Markets/478/Cape-Town/Meat-poultry/Black-Forest-Butchery ""Black Forest Butchery""). Chickens and eggs (also available for sale) hail from Elkana Poultry Farm outside Montague.This cast appears in a variety of guises, including inventive salads like apple and pea; butternut, sage and couscous; or roast tomato, chickpea and basil. There are scrumptious sandwiches such as Black Forest ham and poached pear, and a selection of cheese boards and snack plates. Piping hot rotisserie chickens come out of the ovens at 12pm or 5pm, and they’re available to take away or eat in. A blackboard announces the day’s options. “This way I can keep things fresh and change often, depending on season and inspiration,” explains Theo. Finish off your meal with one of the chocolate brownies, with a lovely crunchy crust and gooey centre.

    Wine
    The restaurant recently acquired an on and off premises liquor license, and stocks a range of wine and craft beers. There's also Deluxe coffee and homemade vanilla and mixed berry iced tea to sip on.

    Service
    Personal and friendly. You may wait a minute or two in busy times, but any delays are handled well by the staff.

    Ambience
    Capetonian designer [Marcii Goosen](http://www.marciigoose.com/ ""Marcii Goosen"") and her team transformed this urban space into the cosy country kitchen of Theo’s memories with an abundance of beautiful wood and old-fashioned trinkets. Whimsical gold rings and dangling air plants make up the lighting from above, while no-nonsense lamps and bare light bulbs highlight the atmospheric clutter in the shelves (created, along with the signage, by Gareth McArthur and Niklaus Lutzeler). Pot plants add a touch of green to the palette, and as for the rest, it’s the produce itself that creates the farm kitchen feel: farm eggs, fresh bread heaped into old suitcases, and salt crystals held in dainty floral teacups. Sit at the communal central table and make some new friends, or pull up a stool and people-watch from the bar seating at the window.

    And...
    A lovely, cosy neighbourhood spot for a meal. Twenty minutes after we arrive I, too, am standing up to help a customer with the sticky door. I have a feeling this place could easily start to feel like my own kitchen.Katharine Jacobs June 2012

User reviews

  • What a lovely little spot! The sun streams into the narrow space in the afternoons, the glowing wooden shelves are stocked with jams and little treats. I tucked into a roast chicken sarmie on rye - sounds simple but the chicken is free range and it felt very wholesome. I see they now have a burger menu too - will be back to try those out!
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  • A hidden gem, Tamboers Winkel is absolutely the best of the Kloof St cafes, especially at breakfast time when the weather isn't spectacular. The coffee is consistently excellent, and the service is as warm as it comes for this part of town. The French Toast is really special, but the freshly-baked croissants are also wonderful as is the standard scrambled eggs + bacon. It's also a great place for a low-key dinner with 3/4 friends. They currently have a Friday-night winter special serving 2 good-sized bowls of chunky beef and vegetable stew plus a whole bottle of Nymphomane red wine for R180.
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  • Cosy, comfortable neighborhood place. Food is great and affordable. Best chicken pie anywhere!!!! Service is friendly and personal. Don't miss out on Wednesday evening wine tastings. One of my very favourite places in town.
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  • One of our wonderful local spots - just oozing stylishness, consistent, tasty quality food and the best fruit juice in town. No wonder the hip set are there all the time.
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  • Bad food and the owner asked me to leave - his reason was he needs to pay the rent and can't have me sitting there working on my notebook for he would rather have others who buy alcohol instead. Can you believe?
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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