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afro-boer

afro-boer
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  • Phone Number 012 807 3099
  • Location 1 Meerlust Avenue, corner of Lynnwood Road and Meerlust Avenue, Die Wilgers, Pretoria, Gauteng
  • email info@afroboer.co.za
  • Website URL www.afroboer.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday 7am to 5pm; Sunday 8am to 3.30pm; Public Holiday 8.30am to 4pm

Cost
R55 - R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Alicia Ryder

Food
There are few truly excellent restaurants in the new east of Pretoria but Afro-boer is definitely one of them. The menu is adventurous within its African/Afrikaner influences and diners are always satisfied thanks to the interesting selection of breakfast, sandwiches and light meals.

For breakfast, the kaiings and pap is an Afrikaner classic done right. Fried pork and sheep fat is served with whipped moskonfyt and putu pap. A farmer’s delight. There’s also excellent baked oats. The oats are baked with whiskey, cream and hazelnuts while the non-alcoholic version is prepared with berries, almonds and honey. For those more inclined to the savoury, the eggs Benedict and stuffed breakfast croissant are both excellent choices.

Sandwiches here are equally satisfying; the version with shredded lamb and chutney is a crowd favourite. The frikkadel braai broodjie is also not to be looked over; it’s a new spin on a South African classic. Other light meals to consider are the creamy chicken livers, Ouma’s fishcakes and the selection of generous salads. The kids’ menu is charmingly called Tots & Tantrums, and features the usual toasted cheese and baked macaroni. For adventurous little ones, though, there’s toast with biltong and a snack as well as a platter featuring sliced vegetables, panini and smoked chicken.

Where Afro-boer truly shines, though, is in its baked goods selection. The display is absolutely gorgeous and guaranteed to have something for every craving. The carrot cake is rich, dark and incredibly moist, while the chocolate-and-caramel tart is sinfully delicious.

Drinks
There is a list of perfectly suitable wines on offer. Expect a few Groote Post, De Grendel and Hermanuspietersfontein options, as well as a few well-designed cocktails, craft beers and the usual spirits.

Service
Service is friendly and efficient, albeit a little slow at times. The waiters can handle complicated orders with ease.

Ambience
The restaurant itself is bustling and busy, with beautiful modern farmhouse interiors. For a more relaxed feel, grab a table outside in the gorgeous garden. Alternatively, ask the waiter to bring you your meal under the trees for an impromptu picnic.

And…
Afro-boer is a true gem in the rapidly expanding east of Pretoria.

(September 2017)

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  • Alida Ryder

    Food
    Afro-boer has perfected the balance between classic Afrikaans culture and eclectic modern trends and offer a range of innovative, creative and delicious meals in a beautiful setting. The owner’s love for Africa is evident in the menu. For breakfast, a dish of eggs, pap and boerewors conjures up images of farm-style eating, but when you are presented with your meal, you’ll be surprised to see that the pap comes in the form of fried wedges, and is served with a rich red cherry tomato and onion chutney. The toasted Brie braaibroodjie will excite any braai lover and comes stuffed with caramelised onion and oozy Brie cheese. “Ouma’s Fishcakes” and “Lewer in Suursous” finish off the Afrikana vibe perfectly. For something lighter, try the pear, beetroot and feta salad: sliced pear, fresh beetroot and feta top a salad of mixed leaves. This is finished off with a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts and a dressing of roasted pear. And if it’s something sweet you are after, the butternut fritters are served with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and koeksister syrup. Their “Tots and Tantrums” menu is adorable and offers childhood favourites like toasted sandwiches, spaghetti and homemade ice cream with sprinkles.

    Drinks
    The wine list is small but well planned. A mix of commercial and boutique wines is available, with a couple of options per style. They also offer a good range of artisanal beers.

    Ambience
    The open-plan space, big windows and vintage-modern furniture all lend the feeling of a farmhouse. Shelves packed with preserves and rusks remind one of Granny’s kitchen. The counter groaning under the weight of freshly baked cakes and pastries adds to the feeling of generosity and familial comfort.

    Service
    The staff are friendly and knowledgeable but service can be a little slow on quiet days.

    And…
    If you can, grab a table outside under the huge trees and allow your kids to explore the beautiful garden.

    (August 2015)

  • Hennie Fisher

    The people
    Michelle Cronje-Cibulka, owner and chef at afro-boer, says her high school home economics teacher was convinced she had cheated when, out of the whole class, only her recipe worked while all the others’ failed. Michelle says she’s just always had a natural talent for cooking and baking (and now training other people to do so) – and it’s evident in every morsel that leaves her kitchen.

    Michelle has undergone extensive training in artisanal bread baking from some of South Africa’s top bakers, and is so in love with our cultural diversity that she decided on the name of her business as a tribute both to the African-ness of our local context (afro) and the legacy of the Voortrekkers, whose nomadic restlessness resulted in them travelling up north from the cape (boer).

    The food
    For breakfast, try the baked oats with roasted hazelnuts, honey and berries, or eggs Benedict done the authentic way. For homey comfort, nothing beats dark, dense wedges of whole-wheat bread and jam with farm butter, but as South Africa’s cultural roots also stretch back to Europe, croissants (plain, almond or chocolate) and quiches are also available. Comforting meals include cauliflower soup with chilli butter and ciabatta, an array of pies, and a sublime green bean and fresh asparagus salad with caramelised pear and goat’s cheese. There are about 10 sandwich options, including a version of smoked mackerel melt on sourdough with parmesan, herbs and cream. You’ll also find a nice selection of baked goods and sweet items like biscotti and rusks to take home, apart from the usual cakes.

    The drinks
    A retro Coke float with a difference is offered as a dessert, comprising ice cream, chocolate ganache and sugared nuts topped with cola. The afro-boer moerkoffie, strong and sweet, also hints at a classic local beverage, while the caramel latte is a delightful addition. Cold drinks are all made from home-prepared cordials, such as the green tea and apple cooler or the vintage lemonade. Fresh smoothies include an apricot, honey, yoghurt and vanilla version and the fresh-pressed juice offering boasts options such as beetroot, pear and carrot or spinach, asparagus, apple and celery.

    The service
    All 22 of the permanent staff were employed via non-traditional ways; for example, one kitchen staff member was picked from her banana stall on Lynnwood Road before the café had even opened. Michelle interviewed each staff member personally and these success stories illustrate she’s ploughing back into the community. The skill and finesse of front-of-house staff give the impression that they’ve been in the industry for ages. From Godwill the barista (who has subsequently trained two additional baristas) and the friendly faces behind the large counter to the staff in the light, airy kitchen, everyone exudes an air of confidence and belonging to the afro-boer ‘family’.

    The ambience
    Do not expect an interior too closely associated with the name: no leopard print, khaki or ox wagons are to be found. The décor is a result of careful thought and planning. While the large veranda and white sash windows lend a South African farmhouse feel to things, the interior is slick and modern, with a pale beige and cream colour scheme that does not distract from the star of the show: the food.

    Homely elements like a twig wreath above the fireplace (brought back from a road trip to the Free State) each contribute a story. The wooden blocks spelling ‘thula’, the boerpampoen in the corner and the crocheted plastic shopping bag baskets all provide a gentle reminder of SA’s diverse richness. Even the toilet facilities have quirky South African references. It’s about exploring our society’s variety and highlighting alternative views of what it means to be African and South African. This philosophy also extends to the garden, where fabulous rose bushes grow alongside coral, huilboer and thorn trees.

    And…
    An adjacent room, called Die Wit Olifant (still a separate shop) will in the near future be converted into a room for craft beer, beverages and wine with ethical and sustainable credentials. There are also plans underway to enlarge the already substantial gardens so that guests can pick up a basket from the counter and picnic outside on the lawn. In keeping with trends, the revised menu will offer customers some banting options in the foreseeable future, too.

    (May 2014)

User reviews

  • We needed breakfast but they were out of seats and tables_ so they gave us the grass. Now maybe this is not for everyone, but we loved it. We were advised by our friends of this place but they said that one usually needs to book one week in advance...we forgot and took a chance. When we arrived, it was as they said_ FULL HOUSE. A lovely waiter, Linda made a plan to find us a place to sit and came up with the idea to sit outside and he'll bring us a blanket. I love picnic. The service was not very quick, but they were very friendly. Food was delicious for sure. I had a crossant and my boyfriend had an ommelette with chorizos (which he loved because he's portugues). And the grande cuppacinos were also just delicious. The set up was just beautiful and kid friendly. I'm so glad we stumbled upon this cute place in between all the concrete in Pretoria.
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  • Fresh and different and worth a try - you will be hooked after 1 visit!
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  • We had a very rough and hot morning leading up to a decision have brunch (closer to lunch) at Afroboer. From the minute we walked through the lush green garden, our moods lifted. Even the soft green grass looked inviting. From the first to the last face we saw, were lit up with smiles and friendliness. We must have been on a different planet. Then the interior that was rustic without being cluttered and old. It is fresh and calm. The menu also did not disappoint. Enough variety to satisfy all tastes, but simple enough to make the choices easy. The food took quite a while to be served, but it was worth the wait. Everyting was well made and truly delicious. The crown to the meal though was our gin and tonics. It was perfect and refreshing! Thank you for being a haven in everday madness!
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  • AFRO BOER is nie enige restaurant/kuierplek nie, hier kry jy nie jou boaring ham,kaas en tamatie broodjie nie, nee, dis geregte bo verwagting, standaard disse wat Marco Pierre White sal laat bloos. Die ambiance van Afro Boer laat my dink ek sit onder 'n groot Wilgerboom op 'n plaas in die Vrystaat. Fantastiese plek om saam familie en vriende te wees.!!
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  • I'm an Afro-Boer frequent'er and keen referrer. Why? 5 reasons. 1) Unique delicious food, served in creative, out-of-the-ordinary ways (my favourite: their french toast with nastergal jam and rainbow cake, of course...), 2) beautiful and inviting french, shabby chic decor which I just love, 3) their beautiful garden. My friend and I love to meet up and have our lunch or tea meetups outside on Afro-Boer's terrace, 4) excellent, friendly service by a competent staff, and lastly 5) Afro-Boer's quirkiness which you can detect in how they wrote their menu, on their Instagram and Facebook feed, making them special and different to other restaurants... :-)
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  • Beautiful little spot away from the city's chaos. We recently had breakfast here. After a waiter forgetting about us, things were quickly corrected (with free chocolate brownies, and added attention from our waiter!). I had the brie braai broodjie, which was perfect for a late breakfast. The brownies were so good we bought more to take home. The coffee is also good. The location is ideal and I would recommend trying to make a booking to sit outside in the gardens...
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  • The best cakes in Gauteng (love the carrot cake and brownies) and a great selection at really good prices. And it is also nice to have a selection of drinks that is different and new. And love the fact that their meat and eggs are free range is a big reason why I often return.
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  • Beautiful setting, excellent mix of old and new items on the menu. Friendly servers. Will definitely come back.
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  • My friends and I recently had occasion to eat at Afro-Boer. We found the menu quite average, although the venue is relaxed and fairly pretty. We had booked a table but were still made to wait quite some time for our table upon our arrival. The service was also below par. When we wanted to leave we discovered that one of our vehicles would not start. The establishment then progressed to accusing us of being riff-raff, that our vehicles 'distressed' other patrons and set an armed guard to escort us off the premises. It is shocking that such people exist in the world and I urge everyone not to give this establishment any support in the future.
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  • This place is truly a Pretoria gem. This is one of the few places I visit again and again without ever getting bored. All of the food is really delicious and you can see and feel the love that has gone into each mouthful. The humour that comes through on the "rules list" where disrupting the gossip of the table next door is just one of the lovely aspects that make the ambience of this place all the more special. The tables are always decked with beautiful roses from the garden and the tables set in the most magnificent garden are really special. The breakfast panini is absolutely delicious and the lamb sandwich is such a treat. Even their drinks menu is well thought out and exciting! Hot chocolate with a marie biscuit and marshmellow sandwich on the side, freshly squeezed juice and the beautiful range of teas are some of my favourites. Now the cakes. Wow. Afroboer's cakes balk at any of the local competition with innovative but ABSOLUTELY delicious cakes, tarts and other baked goods. Be prepared to walk out of there with a little more love on the handles. Unless you go on a Friday, where in true Afroboer wisdom, it is known as "cakes-have-zero-calories day". Because it stands out like a shining gem in Pretoria, they are extremely busy and you will wait for a table at almost any time you visit. Booking in advance does help but doesn't mean you do not wait. However, the cute shop next door and drooling at the cakes on display make the time go fairly quickly and the wait is worthwhile. This is a really special place and I recommend it 100 times over.
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  • Beautiful place, attention to detail makes the difference and an owner with heart, soul and smarts. Love it.
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  • Wil net vir Afro-Boer se baie dankie vir die wonderlike ete
    Dit was baie lekker.
    Ook baie goeie diens.
    Van die Langenhoven gesin
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  • We went there on Saturday afternoon, 21 June, after a friend told me of this "out of this world" coffee, tea, wonderful menu restaurant.

    What a delight to find something so exquisitly unique on our doorstep.

    We just want to compliment Michelle, the owner, on creating this one of a kind eat-out in the east of Pretoria. We have been living in Faerie Glen for all our lives and this is the greatest find EVER!!

    We will definitely come back again and again and bring friends and tell everyone we come in contact with (or not, I would somehow want to keep it a secret, our special hang-out).

    Looking forward to see what is on the menu next, inside and outside.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
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