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Wild Peacock Food Emporium

Wild Peacock Food Emporium
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  • Location 27218877585
  • Phone Number 30 Piet Retief Street, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
  • email foodemporium@wildpeacock .co.za
  • Website URL http://www.wildpeacock.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7am to 9pm, 7am to 3pm (Saturdays and Sundays)

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 7am to 9pm, 7am to 3pm (Saturday and Sundays)

    Dinner: Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm

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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Deli fare, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Sue-Ann Allen

Food
This establishment was founded in 1991 as a family business, based on the love of fine food. They supply restaurants, hotels, caterers, retailers and the general public with quality and hard to find specialised food items. The Wild Peacock food Emporium was developed in 2010 and Sarah Baker, who has a background in hotel and restaurant management, was brought in to run this section. The deli serves affordable meals and the menu changes daily to showcase the excellent produce available in store. Naturally, there is a big focus on seasonality, and the menu offers something to suit most palates. Favourites include the mussel pot with wine, which delicately and perfectly cooked. But if mussels aren’t your cup of tea, the smoked duck or salmon salads are also exceptionally popular. There is also a range of burgers from which to choose. If a hearty meal is your desire, you could opt for the pork chop with roasted vegetables and baby potatoes, or the sirloin (aged for 28 days) with Gorgonzola potatoes. They also serve hardy portions of excellent pasta dishes. The salt and pepper squid is another must try. The family has a special interest in oysters and have developed close relationships with farmers and suppliers, so this is also available to try here, or to take home and enjoy with a glass of bubbly later. Not be forgotten are the sweet treats available from the bakery counter. Banoffi pie, or a slice of lemon meringue or chocolate cake will make the perfect end to your meal.

Drinks
There is an extensive, well priced wine list which includes French champagne, Italian bubbly and Australian wines. As far as local wine producers go, the wines on the list do not yield only from the Stellenbosch region but from Paardeberg, Paarl, Botrivier and Elgin. There is also a craft beer menu, which again features international brands from Belgium and Australia as well as many local favourites.

Service
The approach is rather relaxed, but very friendly.

Ambience
The setting is laid back and informal, which suits the deli perfectly. One gets to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the deli and the open kitchen while dining, and on a fair weather day it’s almost compulsory to grab a seat outside on the stoep.

And…
Browse for a selection of sweet treats, artisanal food products, meats or wine, which can be enjoyed later at home.

(August 2015)

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  • Ishay Govender-Ypma

    Food
    Located in the heart of Stellenbosch town, this bistro/deli supplies local restaurants and the public with exclusive and hard-to-get items like fresh duck, duck eggs, caviar, truffles, snails, wild pigeons, rabbit, handmade farm butter, artichokes, imported chocolate, mushrooms and olive oil.

    In 1991 Sue Baker, who has a love of oysters and fine quality products, founded the wholesale aspect of Wild Peacock. Run by the Baker family, the business is built on respect for the provenance of produce and relationships with suppliers.

    In 2010 the deli was opened to the public for sit-down meals. The bistro serves affordable food that reflects the excellent quality ingredients of the sold in store. The menu is large and seasonal and provides something for most palates.

    An extensive breakfast menu includes French toast, a special featuring poached duck egg and pancetta, and a do-it-yourself selection of cheeses, charcuterie and preserves. The early bird special of eggs, bacon, tomato and toast costs just R25. Lunch menus change daily and weekend menus include roasts. The family has a particular interest in oysters and forms close relationships with the farmers and suppliers, so order a selection of cultivated oysters to enjoy with bubbly in the deli, or at home.

    Service 
    Friendly and efficient.

    Drinks 
    There's a large local wine list, and good selection of coffees and hot drinks to accompany your meals.

    Ambience 
    Bright green chairs add a pop of colour to an informal setting. Apart from the few tables inside the deli, there’s also seating outside on the stoep. The bistro enjoys support by regular local clientele.

    And…  
    Do take home a selection of groceries and free-range, organic meats (order in advance) after your meal at the bistro.

    (July 2014)

  • Food
    The seasonal menu on the chalkboard is ever-changing, but expect things like fettuccine caponata with olives and capers; pasta with fresh mussels and grilled corn; fabulous salads with cherry tomatoes, Serrano ham and bocconcini; roasted tomato soup; sandwiches to die for; baby quiches; and breakfasts that are legendary in these parts, including superb eggs Benedict with Black Forest ham. And don’t forget the great coffee.

    Wine
    An extensive list of some of the best from here and over the water at prices that won’t tear your heart out.

    Service
    Warm, friendly, very smooth and knowledgeable.

    Ambience
    If eating in a cute deli surrounded by some of the most fabulous products from all over the world appeals, then this is for you. There is an outside area on the pavement – very French – if things get crowded inside.

    And...
    Sunday lunch features things like roasted baby chicken and two other courses for R125 – a real bargain. They are also winners in the Eat Out DSTV Food Network Produce Awards for best outlet in the South 2013.(GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • If you're looking for a venue with an extensive breakfast menu, Wild Peacock certainly fits the bill. With 19 breakfast items along (I actually counted) you'll be spoilt for choice. I try and sample a restaurant's Eggs benedict whenever I go for breakfast and this one scores quite high on the EB scale. For one, it's actually served on an English muffin (you get the choice to have it on toast, bu who'd want to?!). Also, you have two choices - the EB or the EB Deluxe which includes salmon instead of gypsy ham. Also on the menu you'll find Croque monsieur and madame which also looked delicious. Coffee's as strong as they come, which is a prerequisite for me and the added touch of an almond biscuit with it always wins me over. The only drawback when sitting outside is the passing traffic. But if you're not having a serious business meeting, you'll survive!
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed the jalapeño burger that I ordered at the Wild Peacock Food Emporium, and the rest of my family all seemed incredibly content after having the duck salad, chicken livers with peri-peri, the chicken schnitzel, and I was fortunate enough to taste my girlfriends cuban sandwich which I found utterly delicious.
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  • This place will never see me again. No service. My husband finished his food and still no sight of mine. I ended up canceling my order, paid and left.
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  • I am sorry to say, but I find R69 for 1/3 - 1/4 piece of hake and a handful of chips a rip-off; I was very disappointed with this considering you can buy fresh hake fillets for R 50/kg. I dont mind paying for good food, but I feel rather ripped off!

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  • As a local always looking for wholesome, delicious and value-for-money food, this is the place to be!

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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

Stores and Markets

For its size, the shop stocks an amazing array of gourmet ingredients and fine foods. A distinct continental feel is lent by the sidewalk tables as much as the variety of produce. There’s cheese from Italian, French and local producers, truffle oil and quail eggs. Whole salmon is sold along with duck prosciutto, artichokes with sublime Valrhona chocolates, bread with mushrooms. A bottle from the wine section and a bunch of fresh flowers – grown exclusively for the store – will round off any visit.
Smart shopper tip: They have one of the finest quality wine retail shops in Stellenbosch, focusing on the area’s wines in particular.

Winner in the 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Produce Awards for best outlet in the South.

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