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Tamboers Winkel

Tamboers Winkel
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Cost
R60
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Hip & happening
Food
Bakery fare
500

Critic's review

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.
  • Food
    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

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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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    I love Tamboers Winkel. Its a quaint spot with a great wine list and no-nonsense food.
    Great to pick-up a bottle of wine on a Friday night too.

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    Continue to love the unassuming charm, welcome and terrific food at this little City Bowl eatery. Super hosts and interesting food and wine.

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Facilities

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

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