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Oep ve Koep

Oep ve Koep
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Cost
R295 for a light Strandveld food set lunch
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bistro fare, Modern, Seafood, South African
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Critic's review

Pieter du Toit

Food
In his book: Strandveld food – a West Coast Odyssey, Kobus van der Merwe – the 2015 EO Nederburg Rising star, writes as follows of his West coast playground: “It is an incredibly inspirational corner of the world to live and work in …” It shows on his plates. Kobus does not serve burgers and pasta. For lunch, a small number of people are welcomed in his “shop”. Bookings are essential. Viewed from the outside, you may have no idea of one of SA’s biggest culinary gems hiding inside. This is NOT your ordinary dining experience. On arrival, two different butters, breadsticks and deep-fried kelp (klipslaai) are served. If you’re lucky, the bokkom-flavoured butter will feature during your visit. First course brings a warm oyster served with a tiny soutslaai leaves and a single gooseberry, presented on pebbles from the coast. The vegetarian alternative to this dish offers slivers of quince in a nettle broth, served with soutslaai and dune celery. From there, this four course-meal takes you to the dunes of the West Coast and the Sandveld plains. The focus falls firmly on the local ingredients that centuries of fishermen and farmers in this often drought-stricken area have relied on. To follow: soft, matured ostrich carpaccio cubes served on dried snoek 'kuite' (the eggs, or also known as Cape Caviar), with pea shoots to round off the flavours. A dish that melts in the mouth and leaves you dreaming of more. Next up, a perfect triangle of angelfish, served atop a bed of tiny smoked tomatoes and herenbone, held together by a dash of crème fraîche. The unique meal is then round off by pears poached in a homebrewed fynbos vermouth and homemade pine needle buchu ice cream. All one can say is, kudos to Kobus.

Drinks
The tiny but well researched wine list offers some great local wines. Try the Kookfontein Sauvignon Blanc from Lambertsbay, or look out for Fryer's Cove from Doringbaai and wines from Darling.

Service
On arrival, Kobus is right there with his staff. He explains every dish to each table. The staff serve quietly, with a type of West Coast shyness that is not unwelcome when you compare it to the sometimes overbearing and overfriendly service found elsewhere.

Ambience
As set in the shop’s tiny garden and in the attic, do not expect your typical formal or overly stylish restaurant interior. The décor is, in homage to the honest and forage-like nature of the food, an exercise in proper West Coast authenticity.

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Be sure to buy Kobus’ book, Strandveldfood. It offers far more than recipes – you’ll get insights into a unique and honest way of life.

(September 2015)

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  • Anelde Greeff

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    Who would have thought that the pretty, sleepy seaside town of Paternoster would become home to a master forager and world-class cooking? The crops and creations of chef Kobus van der Merwe, the 2014 winner of the Nederburg Rising Star Award, have garnered him a worthy following. His food strikes the perfect balance between imaginative and delicious fare, and the fact that it shouts West Coast is reassuringly commendable.

    The menu changes every day, but meals always start with some sort of snack – perhaps chapatti flavoured with something foraged that morning, and served with yoghurt and atchar, or freshly baked plaasbrood with gorgeous butter, snoek pâté and the most incredibly plump preserved green fig. Said green fig is the handiwork of auntie Sophie from Dwarskersbos, who has been producing jams for the Oep ve Koep shop for the past twenty years.

    Starters highlight the abundance of the region’s seafood – for example, West Coast oysters with Cape gooseberry and basil; yellowtail pickle with ice plant, grapefruit and fennel; or carrot and dune celery bobotie.

    On the mains side of things, you’ll find a seafood and meat option, like delectable Saldanha Bay mussel umqa (pap) with shoreline greens, or Springbok and kapokbos (wild rosemary) with purée of heerenbone, klipmossel (limpet) and dune spinach.

    An icy chenin blanc zabaglione (albeit with delicious pears and gooseberries) is possibly not the best choice for the middle of winter. End your meal – and warm up if necessary – with a pot of proper moerkoffie.

    Wine

    The wine list is short but sufficient, and extremely well priced. On offer are mostly wines from the wider region, as well as some craft beers.

    Service

    Laid-back and personal, but very professional.

    Ambience

    Partly inside Paternoster’s beloved winkel, partly outside in a garden, the restaurant is a quirky plattelandse place with heaps of personality. The inside tables stand next to shelves laden with bric-a-brac and baked goods, and have a view of the tiny kitchen. The outside tables are scattered among shrubs and succulents and the odd West Coast fishing memento.

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    The padstal setting makes it the perfect place to stock up on biscuits and sweets for the rest of the road or weekend. Don’t forget to grab some of auntie Sophie’s preserves.

    (August 2014)

  • The most surprising of places to find world-class cuisine with locally sourced ingredients and flavours. Chef Kobus van der Merwe is enormously talented and this low-key eatery is well worth a trip out to Paternoster. Magical flavour combinations emerge from the tiny kitchen, with artful plating and a wonderful hands-on feel. Wild herbs and seasonal local produce are the hallmarks of the daily chalkboard menu. Kudos must go to the eatery for sourcing local craft beer and unusual wines from the Swartland. Past highlights: Saldanha Bay oysters with gooseberries, green apple and orange beurre blanc; and mussel and lentil bobotie. (EO mag 2014)
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    Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s unassuming West Coast eatery consistently over-delivers on quality and price. Local produce reigns supreme on the blackboard menu that changes daily: fresh Saldanha Bay mussels are transformed into rich bobotie, while salty crunchy samphire (a wild herb) is a masterstroke with oysters. The ingredients may be rustic, but the preparation and plating is complex and full of artistry. A must-visit.

    Wine
    A small list of interesting Swartland estates. The excellent ‘Native Ale’ from local Darling Brewery is ideal for hot summer days.

    Service
    Warm country hospitality, with chef Kobus frequently popping out of the kitchen to check on diners.

    Ambience
    A wonderfully sheltered garden where rustic-chic tables and colourful vintage bric-a-brac add playful stylish touches to laid-back farm stall vibe.

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    The family-run farm stall alongside sells a delicious range of jams and preserves, most of it from the West Coast. (RH, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Nestled in the little fishing village of Paternoster, Oep Ve Koep offers foodies the joy of West Coast inspired food in an unpretentious and down-to-earth setting. Known for foraging unusual ingredients from the surroundings, chef Kobus van der Merwe describes his food as heritage cuisine and we we’re curious to taste and see this new approach to fine dining.

    Crowned as the Nederburg Rising Star in 2014 his food has a strong seasonal connection to the land and sea and items like seaweed, klipkombers and dune celery forms part of his ever-changing menu.

    We had a 5-course lunch for R295, which included West Coast Oysters, Saldanha Bay mussel soup, kudu, kabeljou and a scoop of milktart-infused icecream. Every course, except the dessert, had a unique West Coast ingredient which complimented and enhanced the meal with flavour and texture. The unusual additions of these local indigenous ingredients transformed the ordinary staples into finely crafted taste sensations.

    All set in a simple and ordinary courtyard, we enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and the slow-pace of a relaxed lunch. The average selection of wines and craft beers were disappointing to a Capetonian, but nevertheless we recommend a visit to this unique and one-of-a-kind restaurant.

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  • For R250 the tasting menu included 1 oyster, 4 muscles in a broth with haf a plum, half a bokkom (pilchard) and I seem to remember the other half of that plum, a sweecorn bobotie (sans meat) no bigger than a mars bar, and a 3cm diamer roll of icecream with scrapings of meringue. Think "Test Kitchen but then add the distinct feeling of being ripped off.
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  • I have eaten at Oep ve Koep about 6 times. It is a unique dining experience with excellent interpretations of old classics, using locally sourced herbs and products - many indigenous. Do not expect 'n bord kos. Do expect to want to eat everything on the small menu. The wine list is thoughtful and local, and the service is excellent and friendly. Prices are very reasonable, considering the effort that goes into every course, from the complimentary snacks of warm bread, farm butter and an extra tidbit, to the moerkoffie to end. It is essential to book.
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  • A truly remarkable ensemble of different tastes by a somone who is clearly a master at making the seemingly incongruity of different local fare work together in absolute harmony! Every serving is a veritable work of art that must be savoured for its difference tastes and textures. Not recommended for children who would prefer a pizza up the road instead at a fraction of the cost.
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  • Why should I be open proclaims this restaurant. You can come as often as you like but I will not be open for business. I write cook books get accolades from the media but I do not actually have to deliver a plate of food to the public. How can a restaurant not be open for business and I have tried to get a meal here but the famous chef is who knows where?
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  • I am sad to say that we didnt even get the chance to experiance the food at Oep ve Koep. We heard only good things from the restaurant our rental agent this weekend and thought we would take a change for Saturday lunch, only to be greated by the most uninterested rude girl I have come across in this usually very friendly town. Very disappointed.
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  • We had the pleasure of dining at Oep ve Koep on Sunday! With nothing to go on apart from an article I'd just glanced over in a local mag. We arrived early, and our table was waiting. With the foul weather outside, we were more than happy that our table was right inside Die Winkel op Paternoster.
    Kobus himself came out to greet us and explain the menu. The service from both Chef & staff was warm and friendly and at some points it felt like we were eating right in Kobus' kitchen!
    I ordered the Spring Seafood Soup and the rest of my part all ordered the Mussels. My soup was light and flavorful without filling you to much ahead of the mains. The mussels all went down a treat and was a great taste of what was to come!
    Two of us ordered the Kabeljou and the remaining two ordered the Springbok. Now being a Cape Town boy and knowing my fish pretty well - this was superb! The manner in which Chef mixes fresh ingredients with local ingredients can only be described as alchemy! The Springbok by the way was succulent and tasty - just right portion!
    But the on this proverbial Xmas Cake was Kobus' Honey Ice-Cream! This is reason enough for me to drive from Cape Town to Paternoster to have some again! It was simply too good to share and I'll leave it there for you to go and decide for yourself!

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  • The very best of the West Coast and maybe even South Africa.

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  • Many thanks to Kobus and his team. We have been lucky enough to dine here twice during our stay in Paternoster. The food was absolutely delicious - Kobus works so precisely and with admirable passion. We love it when he comes to the table to explain the food, and how he and his team care for the guests. My wife and I agree, Kobus is underestimated here, but we think that he loves the atmosphere and environment in which he works.

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  • What a gem! No-one suspects such high class food is delivered behind this shop. Beaufifully presented and imaginative, creative use of herbs and other vegetables. We were told the Chef, Kobus, goes out into the wild and forages herbs etc. This is our first visit to Paternoster (visiting from Holland) and we will certainly go back there this week for more adventures.

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  • Kobus van der Merwe is definitely a contender for one of the Eat Out Top 10. A young chef to be taken very seriously. Lunch today was superb, we shared the Weskus salad with duine spinasie and the beetroot salad for starters. Both were superb. The combination of the curry, ginger biscuits, yoghurt, cucumber and apple puree with the beetroot works so well! For mains I had the poached egg with bokkom and apple sandwiches and P had the mealie rice and butternut puree. You HAVE to go there.
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  • Kobus, the owner of Oep ve Koep, is passionate about food, and you can taste it in the special West Coast treats he hand-makes every day from his moms farm stall Oep ve Koep, as you come into Paternoster. My favourite is his tomato salad (in summer), and his chicken pie served with sweet quince jelly and Madagascar green peppercorns and the sour pickled cucumber and onion (winter), the latter costing a mere R 25. You cannot get better value for money anywhere else where I have ever eaten!
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  • After seeing the menu we decided to stop over for lunch at Paternoster’s latest eatery, Oep ve eet.I had the calamari curry, which was nice and tender with lovely local spice. My partner’s freshly made ravioli and homemade ricotta with Swiss chard straight from the garden was a delight. On quizzing the chef it quickly became clear that fresh and locally sourced produce was a priority for him. We bought a bottle of wine from the shop (also sourced from the area) and enjoyed our lunch in the lovely garden with the occasional tortoise shuffling past the herb and vegetable patch. We finished off our meal with a homemade sorbet and a lovely cup of moerkoffie.Thank goodness that this quaint little shop and adjoining restaurant have had an overhaul. A fantastic meal with good quality local produce mixed with the old world charm and local flavour of Paternoster… what more could you ask of a weekend retreat.
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  • We had such a lovely breakfast and lunch at the new tea garden cum restaurant at this Paternoster institution. The menu has received a complete revamp, for lunch, I had the fresh ravioli - the ricotta was made in the kitchen that morning by new chef Kobus van der Merwe, the spinach and Swiss chard freshly picked from the garden, and the pasta made fresh on the spot. My husband had the calamari curry, beautifully spiced, juicy and tender. We were then treated to rose-geranium sorbet.For breakfast the next day, we enjoyed fantastic (freshly baked) French toast with bacon and (local) moskonfyt and the coconut toast with scrambled eggs (also from a nearby farm).To top it all, we could take home a bottle each of the Malaysian Cape chutney and the jam we were served earlier as well as a fresh loaf of bread from the attached shop.We had such a lovely breakfast and lunch at the new tea garden cum restaurant at this Paternoster institution. The menu has received a complete revamp, for lunch, I had the fresh ravioli - the ricotta was made in the kitchen that morning by new chef Kobus van der Merwe, the spinach and Swiss chard freshly picked from the garden, and the pasta made fresh on the spot. My husband had the calamari curry, beautifully spiced, juicy and tender. We were then treated to rose-geranium sorbet.For breakfast the next day, we enjoyed fantastic (freshly baked) French toast with bacon and (local) moskonfyt and the coconut toast with scrambled eggs (also from a nearby farm).To top it all, we could take home a bottle each of the Malaysian Cape chutney and the jam we were served earlier as well as a fresh loaf of bread from the attached shop.We sent my in-laws there a week later, and they came back raving about the chicken curry and the fresh ciabatta (Kobuss own recipe).The fresh, local produce and original menu will see us return again and again and its definitely a brave and worthy addition to the little villages already established gourmet restaurant scene.
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  • Maybe because I know Kobus van der Merwe from a previous life, but in my view even if I didn’t, my review would be 10 gold stars. I spent the weekend in Paternoster and had breakfast and lunch on both days at Oep ve Koep. Tucked away in a beautiful garden, Kobus, the chef, creates his delicious meals and serves it himself. I went for the eggs and bacon breakfast on the Saturday morning, which saved my life due an indulgent Friday night. And I must say the French toast Sunday-breakfast was also divine. The bobotie Sunday lunch took my breath away (especially due to the onion and mint side dish) – although my mother would find it hard to believe that I opted for something I never ate as a child. Every dish was beautifully presented and each time I got much more than I bargained for. Thanks, Kobus, for a true Paternoster-hospitable weekend I so much needed.
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