Wild Peacock Food Emporium

Wild Peacock Food Emporium
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  • Location 27218877585
  • Phone Number 30 Piet Retief Street, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
  • email foodemporium@wildpeacock
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  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7am to 9pm, 7am to 3pm (Saturdays and Sundays)

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 7am to 9pm, 7am to 3pm (Saturday and Sundays)

    Dinner: Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm

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R80 avg main meal
Comfy & casual
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Deli fare, Seafood
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Critic's review

Ishay Govender-Ypma

Located in the heart of Stellenbosch town, this bistro/deli supplies local restaurants and the public with exclusive and hard-to-get items like fresh duck, duck eggs, caviar, truffles, snails, wild pigeons, rabbit, handmade farm butter, artichokes, imported chocolate, mushrooms and olive oil.

In 1991 Sue Baker, who has a love of oysters and fine quality products, founded the wholesale aspect of Wild Peacock. Run by the Baker family, the business is built on respect for the provenance of produce and relationships with suppliers.

In 2010 the deli was opened to the public for sit-down meals. The bistro serves affordable food that reflects the excellent quality ingredients of the sold in store. The menu is large and seasonal and provides something for most palates.

An extensive breakfast menu includes French toast, a special featuring poached duck egg and pancetta, and a do-it-yourself selection of cheeses, charcuterie and preserves. The early bird special of eggs, bacon, tomato and toast costs just R25. Lunch menus change daily and weekend menus include roasts. The family has a particular interest in oysters and forms close relationships with the farmers and suppliers, so order a selection of cultivated oysters to enjoy with bubbly in the deli, or at home.

Friendly and efficient.

There's a large local wine list, and good selection of coffees and hot drinks to accompany your meals.

Bright green chairs add a pop of colour to an informal setting. Apart from the few tables inside the deli, there’s also seating outside on the stoep. The bistro enjoys support by regular local clientele.

Do take home a selection of groceries and free-range, organic meats (order in advance) after your meal at the bistro.

(July 2014)

  • Food
    The seasonal menu on the chalkboard is ever-changing, but expect things like fettuccine caponata with olives and capers; pasta with fresh mussels and grilled corn; fabulous salads with cherry tomatoes, Serrano ham and bocconcini; roasted tomato soup; sandwiches to die for; baby quiches; and breakfasts that are legendary in these parts, including superb eggs Benedict with Black Forest ham. And don’t forget the great coffee.

    An extensive list of some of the best from here and over the water at prices that won’t tear your heart out.

    Warm, friendly, very smooth and knowledgeable.

    If eating in a cute deli surrounded by some of the most fabulous products from all over the world appeals, then this is for you. There is an outside area on the pavement – very French – if things get crowded inside.

    Sunday lunch features things like roasted baby chicken and two other courses for R125 – a real bargain. They are also winners in the Eat Out DSTV Food Network Produce Awards for best outlet in the South 2013.(GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • If you're looking for a venue with an extensive breakfast menu, Wild Peacock certainly fits the bill. With 19 breakfast items along (I actually counted) you'll be spoilt for choice. I try and sample a restaurant's Eggs benedict whenever I go for breakfast and this one scores quite high on the EB scale. For one, it's actually served on an English muffin (you get the choice to have it on toast, bu who'd want to?!). Also, you have two choices - the EB or the EB Deluxe which includes salmon instead of gypsy ham. Also on the menu you'll find Croque monsieur and madame which also looked delicious. Coffee's as strong as they come, which is a prerequisite for me and the added touch of an almond biscuit with it always wins me over. The only drawback when sitting outside is the passing traffic. But if you're not having a serious business meeting, you'll survive!
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed the jalapeño burger that I ordered at the Wild Peacock Food Emporium, and the rest of my family all seemed incredibly content after having the duck salad, chicken livers with peri-peri, the chicken schnitzel, and I was fortunate enough to taste my girlfriends cuban sandwich which I found utterly delicious.
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  • This place will never see me again. No service. My husband finished his food and still no sight of mine. I ended up canceling my order, paid and left.
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  • I am sorry to say, but I find R69 for 1/3 - 1/4 piece of hake and a handful of chips a rip-off; I was very disappointed with this considering you can buy fresh hake fillets for R 50/kg. I dont mind paying for good food, but I feel rather ripped off!

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  • As a local always looking for wholesome, delicious and value-for-money food, this is the place to be!

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  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

Stores and Markets

For its size, the shop stocks an amazing array of gourmet ingredients and fine foods. A distinct continental feel is lent by the sidewalk tables as much as the variety of produce. There’s cheese from Italian, French and local producers, truffle oil and quail eggs. Whole salmon is sold along with duck prosciutto, artichokes with sublime Valrhona chocolates, bread with mushrooms. A bottle from the wine section and a bunch of fresh flowers – grown exclusively for the store – will round off any visit.
Smart shopper tip: They have one of the finest quality wine retail shops in Stellenbosch, focusing on the area’s wines in particular.

Winner in the 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Produce Awards for best outlet in the South.

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