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Postcard Cafe

Postcard Cafe
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Cost
R90
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Country-style fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
In comparison to the view, food is a little pedestrian: expect toasted sarmies, pasta dishes and light breakfasts such as muesli and yogurt with apricot sauce, scones with jam and cheese and omelettes with bacon, cheddar and rocket. The dish of crispy fried prawns on greens with creamy lemon dressing comes with four tasty, crunchy prawns. For dessert, the pear and berry crumble is gooily good with the nutty goodness of brown sugar. Bread-based dishes are a good bet, as [award-winning](http://www.eatout.co.za/Producer-Awards?showtab=4 ""award-winning"") [Oude Bank Bakkerij](http://www.eatout.co.za/Stores-Markets/186/Stellenbosch/Bakeries/Oude-Bank-Bakkerij ""Oude Bank Bakkerij"") supplies the bread.

Wine
The restaurant serves Stark-Conde wines at cellar door prices as well as Villiera bubbly. The homemade apricot soda is deliciously different and a red-berry ginger ale is sweet and unusual.

Service
Relaxed but adequate. Latecomers beware: your table will be given up to someone else, so make sure to get there on time for your reservation.

Ambience
This is what draws the crowds to Postcard Café, and what makes it necessary to book your table for a light lunch or simple breakfast some days in advance. Situated on the Stark Conde wine estate, this is certainly a gorgeous setting. Ask to sit outside beneath the leafy trees or on the patio and look out over the perfect reflecting lake with its lily pads, and up the lawns towards the jagged mountains on either side. This is relaxed, outdoor dining that soothes the soul.

And...
A great place to have a light meal and refuel during a busy day of wine tasting. Pop into the wine estate’s tasting room that’s situated in a fairytale wooden hut (with the mod-con bonus of air-conditioning) on the lake.(Katharine Jacobs, Dec 2012)
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User reviews

  • Postcard Cafe is one of the most beautiful places I've been to, with its picturistique lake and the Jonkershoek mountains to stare upon. If you plan to come here for breakfast, make sure to walk around this place, to see and feel the nature that surrounds around. There is a good chance that you may end up spending half of the day here just soaking up the beauty of nature. The cafe is located in a very scenic wine farm named Stark Conde Nast. Try tasting some of their wines while you are here-which can be done on the deck in the middle of the lake! The staff were very friendly and welcoming. It was a bit of a coldish nippy day and since it was open seating, the waiters were nice enough to offer us blankets. The food, let me tell you something - We were a party of 6 and ordered a lot of different things from breakfast to dessert and shared everything on the table. We ordered a Croissant with Raspberry jam and Cheddar Cheese and a quiche. The Croissant was extremely crisp, fluffy,freshly prepared and tasty. The Quiche came with a garden salad on the side. We also ordered a few freshly baked buttery scones with Raspberry jam and grated cheese. For dessert, we ordered the raspberry almond tart and Tiramisu. I felt that the raspberry almond tart was a bit dry and cakey (not moist), but then, it tasted really good-and not overly sweet like most desserts. The Tiramisu on the other hand was a champion dish to end our breakfast experience. There are several parameters that sets apart a great restaurant from a mediocre one. Firstly - The food, Secondly - The ambiance, Thirdly - Staff. Food here was really good. Athough I've been to restaurants that serve better food than this, what sets this restaurant apart from other places is its natural beauty around the restaurant. The waiters were very friendly and really tried to make us comfortable. Though the restaurant was a bit pricy, I would probably go there again.
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  • This place has a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. Such a lovely atmosphere. The food is also good and the waiting staff friendly.
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  • The view and grounds are wonderful, the food was enjoyed, but the tables are too close together. It feels as if the table next to you are part of your meal.

    Now the service, it is very bad. We thought for the 1st and 2nd time it must be the individual waiter, but after the 3rd time, it seems to be an overall problem.
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  • Calling the food pedestrian is a bit harsh! Yes the views are unsurpassed, but the lunch we had next to the dam was beautifully presented, imaginative and tasty. I go back for more, especially when we have visitors.

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  • No matter how great a view is...

    Dear Postcard Cafe, You are pretentious, unfriendly, way overpriced, unaccommodating and your food is certainly nothing worth mentioning. There are plenty of restaurants in Stellenbosch and you seriously need to re-think your concept.

    You're sincerely, Kate

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  • Booking required
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