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Bistro 365

Bistro 365
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R30 wine, 50 champagne (corkage only permitted if wine is not already on their wine list; limited one bottle per two people)

Critic's review

Ingrid Jones

Food
At Bistro 365 the food is unpretentious and delicious. For them country cooking means you are here for a wholesome plate of food that will leave you satisfied in taste, presentation, quantity and quality. It also means you get to taste what this coastal region has to offer like pickled fish, snoek pate, fresh line fish made like the locals do. The lamb chops never disappoint, and the deliciously flavoured bobotie pie with just the right amount of bite has fast become a must-have on the lunch menu. The gorgonzola souffle remains a favourite, because it consistently delivers on taste. There’s something for everyone. Pringle Bay is a tourist-frequented town and the kudu and springbok will give them a broader taste of local cuisine.

The restaurant consists of two sections. One that is a coffee shop/bistro that serves breakfast and lunch and an upstairs area for more formal dining. Serious coffee lovers are in for a treat with imports as far as Vietnam served the Vietnamese way.

Drink
The wine list pays homage to carefully selected wines from the region and has grown in variety so much so that they are delighted to have just won a Diner’s Club International Wine list 2016 Platinum Award. It’s not extensive, but it’s focussed and targeted. A generously stocked bar carrying most hard liquor brands is also on hand should you want a craft beer, gin and tonic and if you ask nicely a cocktail can be whipped up.

Service
The service is friendly and efficient because the owners are on hand to lavish everyone with personal attention. It’s not a sleek city space, it’s homely and comfortable with 360 views of the mountain and the sea. There’s a big open deck that could be wonderful for cocktails and canapes on a balmy summer’s night.

Ambience
At the upstairs restaurant it’s homely, with enough space to breathe, it is at the seaside after all, friendly, unpretentious, and on entertainment nights it’s buzzing like a city joint. Downstairs it’s always vibey, because it’s family focused.

And…
Dinner becomes even better when on certain nights a twist is added with live entertainment showcasing South African talent like Manouche, Irit Noble, Sarah Theron and Heinz Winkler or dinner and movie during winter.

(September 2016)

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  • Ingrid Jones

    Food
    This restaurant has its regular fans among the locals, and is also a favourite for people flocking to the seaside village over the weekend. You quickly understand why when the food is served. It’s wholesome, generous portions prepared by people who understand country cooking. Lamb’s liver with oodles of gravy, pickled fish served with freshly baked bread, yummy potato wedges and vegetables with every dish, lamb chops served soft and feather light, home made ice cream, jelly and custard… It’s like sitting down for a Sunday lunch at your granny’s house. Also on the menu is classic South African fare for the tourists who want kudu fillet or ostrich with a rich biltong sauce. They are very generous with the onions, sometimes a little too much, but it makes for a thick, juicy gravy. The best dish by far is the gorgonzola soufflé, served piping hot with a soft, gooey centre that melts in the mouth. Rich and delicious, anytime of the year. Breakfasts over the weekends are a favourite with locals and visitors alike. It’s the standard bacon and egg with mushrooms and tomato variety, but it’s all about the generous portions. It helps that you can order mini bubbly bottles with your breakfast, and have cake and coffee outside on the stoep while the kids play on the Jungle Gym. The menus are quite straightforward. The waiters will inform you about the specials of the day and also make recommendations.

    Drinks:
    The wine list is not extensive, but they stock some of the wines from the surrounding Overberg area. A nice surprise is the Springfield Life from Stone, a perfect match for the gorgonzola soufflé. There’s an upstairs bar area that stocks most hard liquor brands and beers.

    Service
    Hands-on owner Morné Lloyd pays each table a visit to ensure everything is in order. The waiters are very knowledgeable and friendly and excellent at suggesting which course combinations would work best. Because it’s such an open space, they are always just a step away and anticipate your every need without being intrusive.

    Ambience
    Pringle Bay is part of the platteland and the style of the restaurant is in line with it’s country fare offering. It’s not sleek or trendy, no fancy crockery or Ghost chairs. It’s all about comfort, ample space and minimal styling. It’s a big restaurant that spans two levels. The more formal dining area is upstairs, while breakfast and light lunches are served downstairs. A fireplace keeps you snug in winter, and in summer the views of the mountain from the big windows are breathtaking. And if they could just get permission to use the deck for sundowners, they’d have the perfect location.

    And...
    The cake selection is a very good reason to go for coffee or tea.

    (August 2015)

  • Food
    Loyal patrons flock here for the wholesome comfort food. The lamb’s liver and onions is covered in a rich, dark gravy that speaks of hours of attentive mothering on a stove. It’s tough to resist sweeping a finger through the last of the gravy and mash.

    Wine
    A very basic wine list simply names familiar brands from the Cape’s main wine regions.

    Service
    Thorough attention is provided by the family that owns this charming enterprise.

    Ambience
    The mix of styles might not appeal to some, but it’s easy to disregard the thatch, facebrick, plastic-coated tablecloths and different furniture when the food arrives. A fireplace keeps you cosy in winter.

    And...
    If you like rollmops (pickled herring) you’ll find it on the menu here. (C&MR, September 2010)

User reviews

  • Fantastic food and service! What a taste sensation!
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  • Fantastic food and service! What a taste sensation!
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  • WOW! I am a rather picky customer when it comes to dining. I can absolutely say that my husband and I had the absolute best meal of our lives here! It was absolutely amazing. The place is unpretentious but still of the highest standards. The pricing of the meals I feel is extremely good value for money. My husband had a special which was Eishbein, it literally fell off the bone. The food is so good I wondered if cheff Ramsay was hiding in the Kitchen somewhere. I had the Pork Belly. I will definitely be back and I am singing their praises to anyone willing to listen. They also surprised us with a Happy Anniversary dessert which was a nice touch. We will definitely be back. Well done
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  • We bought a beach house in Pringle Bay in 2012. Two months ago we decided to try out the restaurant and had supper. What a pleasure! I wanted to taste everything on the menu but unfortunately couldn't. We enjoyed everything, the food, the ambience, the service, the wine, even going to the ladiesroom. I can't wait for my next visit.
    Sandra
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  • What a true gem in Pringle Bay. I discovered this by accident and now plan my trips so that I can visit and enjoy the awesome food, hospitality, friendly service and warm atmosphere. You go there as a patron and leave as a friend. Food is beautifully and well presented and actually tastes even better than it looks. Well worth every visit. Wow in every respect!

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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