They have a lovely thought-out menu that caters for all – from the meat lover to the plant eater and even the ‘I don’t love carbs’ diner. The creativity of the pizzas presents itself in well-balanced flavours and offers a real challenge as to which one to settle on. If choosing a pizza is not hard enough, you are then given the option of a cauliflower base as well.
The fish goujons are evenly coated and is accompanied by a well-seasoned homemade mayo. With such a wide variety of good choices on the menu, one is constantly tussling on which specific item to order (or just be wise and go for the whole menu). Remember that it’s important to keep space in the tank for the chocolate fondant – it’s superb!
This is not a large wine menu but it surely is well thought out to cater to everyone’s needs. The menu does show off some of the best local wines and craft beers. With a good selection of wines, it tempts one to try all of them – being available by the glass makes this a viable option. The drinks are reasonably priced and complement the food. If you don’t fancy wine or craft beers, there are cocktails that will surely meet your social drinking requirements.
Friendly staff who make you feel welcome from the get-go. Swiftly getting your drinks order and making you feel settled sets the mood for the evening. Although once the restaurant gets busy, the service slows a bit and they seem to become scarce at times.
The mismatched chairs and different styles of lighting in the restaurant give it a truly unique feel. The décor has a very definite feel of home to it, and you feel comfortable as soon as you are seated. A covered outside area allows for a different feel and would be great to take advantage of when the sun is out.
It is strongly recommended to book in advance.
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This popular neighbourhood eatery is best known for tasty and imaginative pizzas. Perennial favourites include the Tuscan-style slow roasted lamb with crème fraîche, and the ‘Big Gus’: caramelized pork with soy sauce, mango and coriander. The vegetarian options are enticing too – a zucchini and tenderstem broccoli pizza with red onion, peas and Ricotta, for example, is light and fresh. Other well-liked choices include Larry’s Cheeseburger, made with pasture-reared beef from Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants; or the mouth-watering peri-peri prawns. Based on the occasional nod to their ingredients’ provenance on the menu, it’s quite apparent that owners Larry and Sarah-May Steenkamp are passionate about showcasing the best of local produce. The consistency has in recent times become a little erratic (mostly when neither of the owners are on site), but not enough to be a deterrent. With a varied menu of sides and salads, it’s one of those ‘something for everyone’ eateries. Leave room for the panna cotta, or a scoop of homemade ice cream of the day (tempting flavours include Earl Grey tea and almond).
A great selection of locally crafted beers, cider and wines, many of which are available by the glass.
Staff are relaxed and friendly, although when the restaurant gets really busy they can sometimes seem a bit scarce. It’s advisable to book in advance, especially for dinner on the weekend.
The interior is quirky and ever so charming, with twinkly fairy lights creating an inviting atmosphere.
For those with food allergies, gluten-free pizza bases are available, and there’s even a gluten-free beer on offer.
Despite its small entrance and offbeat appearance, The Woodlands Eatery in Vredehoek, Cape Town, is well known for the consistently good food it delivers. They offer a relaxed menu with daily changing specials, and their focus of late is leaning distinctly in the direction of ethical meat and produce – you’ll spot Frankie Fenner Meat Merchant products prominently outlined on the menu.
Those suffering from food allergies are well catered for: they offer gluten-free pizzas and go as far as to mention on the menu that carrots are used in the tomato sauce.
The starters and antipasti can be ordered as tapas and the portions are generous. The salt and pepper squid and, when available, the arancini (fried risotto balls) are crowd pleasers. The slow-roast lamb pizza with rosemary and crème fraîche has been a favourite ever since Woodlands opened their doors three years ago, and deservedly so. All pizza crusts are thin, and available in a gluten-free option. The daily menu sometimes features hearty curries and interesting soups.
Service can be a bit lacklustre at times, but in general you will be well taken care of, and will never have to wait too long for your meal.
They offer a small but adequate craft beer and wine selection and a few inventive cocktails. Oddly, espressos are served in enormous shooter glasses with just a few teaspoons of brew.
The venue is very popular, so booking in advance is highly recommended. With its selection of mismatched chairs and quirky light fittings, the eatery looks like a pared down version of the Mad Hatter’s tearoom. Cosy and comfortable, it draws groups of friends celebrating birthdays or friends catching up. In summer the handful of outdoor tables get snapped up quickly.
Do try the excellent peri-peri prawns served with a large garlic and feta bread – it makes the perfect sharing dish.
Amazing! I ate at Woodlands Eatery for three Sundays in a row and I was never disappointed. Their prawn curry is my absolute favourite.
Awful! They can't make a simple booking and staff come with severe attitude. Manager extremely rude and should not be in the service industry.
Had a really amazing meal at Woodlands the other night. Every dish was great! Very impressed. The only small criticism I had was that our waitress could have been a little warmer.
What an awesome evening our supper club had there. Pizzas were thin crust, wood fired perfection, and the chocolate fondant out of this world. Thank you for your great service too.
Consistently amazing. The lamb pizza is to die for, and the rest of the menu is delicious too. Great service, friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Love this place so much!
Definitely a firm favourite "neighbourhood eatery". Food is always delicious and service is attentive, including the quirkiness of the owner!
Had a most superb meal last Saturday night. Wonderful vibe, excellent food. Good service. Great value and the chef'/owner chats to his patrons. Pretends to be French - just for a bit, but a nice touch.
The owner's attitude sucks! Went there for lunch on Sunday and after waiting at the door for a few minutes and not being helped, we sat down at an open table on the porch. A few minutes later, the owner arrives scowling, slaps down menus on the table and says 'Next time, please wait to be seated. That's how restaurants work. This table could've been reserved.' And storms off.
We order drinks and ask the waiter to send the owner over. He eventually arrives and, as we're trying to tell him we did actually wait at the door and nobody helped us, he keeps on interrupting and eventually points out 'Unfortunately this is my restaurant.' He slams down both hands on the table and storms off again.
We paid for our drinks, leaving the friendly waiter a generous tip, and left.
Thank you, owner of Woodlands Eatery, for granting us the oppportunity to not pay R90 for a pizza. We went to Posticino in Sea Point, paid R70 for a great pizza and got friendly service. Go Posticino!
Normally one of my favourite restaurants, they let me down last night. I made a booking for 2 at 6.30pm and upon arrival the waiter showed me to a table in the passage way up against a wall. I asked to move to a table in the dining room which was open at the time and was ignored by him as he went back to the waiters' computer and lit candles. I was eventually moved to my table of choice by our waiter for the evening.
Immediately he opened the bottle of wine that I had brought as it is a favourite of mine and is not on their list. I was still awaiting the arrival of my date and I had to tell him not to pour it while he was in mid flight with the bottle towards my glass as it seemed a little rude.
Just after that, I was told by who I presume is the owner, that I had to be off that table by 7.30pm as they had another cover booked. I tried to reason with him that I had made a booking and that the table that had been initially reserved was unacceptable as I do not like dining in a passage way connecting the front door to the toilets. I asked him if he could make a plan because I did not want to be shuffled to another table halfway through my dinner. I was told that the 7.30 booking did not want that table either - So why have this table if 2 sets of people find it unacceptable? He just looked at me and turned away offering no assistance at all. He then had the audacity to talk to the waiter while offering the odd darting stare in my direction in front of me.
Within 7 minutes of ordering our mains, it arrived at the table, served by the bartender. I got the distinct impression that we were no longer welcome. The chicken breast with thyme, served on rice was drier than sawdust and the rice undercooked. Neither me or my date completed our meals. We ordered dessert which was really good, and it took the taste of dry chicken and rice away. We decided to pay and leave to go to another bar and have a drink and there was absolutely no acknowledgement of our leaving. It saddens me because I have eaten there on a few occasions before and I really like it. I have never been treated like that in a restaurant in my life before and I don't think that I can eat there again.
Amazing! Went for Valentine's dinner and had the most delicious peri peri prawns and chocolate fondant! Great experience, wonderful waitress! Will definitely be back!
Another superb experience at Woodlands - my favourite eatery in Town. Thanks Larry and team for consistent quality.
A wonderful meal. Yummy peri-peri prawns, and the best cheeseburgers in town. Great service too.
Had my best pizza of 2011 on the 31st of December. Fresh, flavourful, warm and eclectic, definitely worth visiting again.
2 words, Plum Mojito's. Amazing! First time visit and thoroughly enjoyed it! I will definitely be back soon.
The Yuppiechef team of 24 plus 9 partners hit the Woodlands Eatery for our year end function last night. Larry and his stellar team hosted us wonderfully, pulling off a delightful three course dinner (Mojitos, Mediterranean starter platters and any main course and dessert on their menu). Beautiful decor, great vibe and super place to spend an evening out in Cape Town (whether you're on your own or dining with your entire office team). High five.
One has to congratulate the owners of The Woodlands Eatery on capturing the huge amount of local support they have, in a short space of time. One just questions the noise level - we were just a table of two (on a return visit) but could barely hear each other speak. Also questionable is the two-sitting policy of 6pm and 8pm for dinner to which we were subjected?
What a hidden little gem! This restaurant has some of the best burgers and pizzas in town. Try the slow roasted lamb pizza! Ambience is great as is the service.
What a spectacular experience!
They make the most amazing burgers, fantastic mojitos, delicious lamb pizza and the chocolate fondant is divine. Great service, great vibe, great food - great place!
The best chocolate fondant ever! The food is amazing, service is amazing! Seriously Yummy!
Made a booking a week ago for dinner tonight (a tuesday night). I just called to confirm the booking and the booking has been lost and now they are fully booked. I am very irritated at now having to find somewhere else to go at the last minute. Very unprofessional.