Gourmet zone: Durbanville

One’s culinary expectations for a town previously known as Pampoenkraal (and set in the wake of the boerewors curtain) are probably not very high. But, fortunately the town in question – now called Durbanville – is a few steps ahead of its anticipated boere cuisine.

Even though there aren’t any Eat Out award-winning restaurants in and around Durbanville, the offering of eateries is varied and interesting. As expected from a school-ridden suburb, there are many family-friendly options, and not just of the franchise variety. Positioned alongside a blossoming wine region, the area also offers many wine estate eateries, varying from formal to casual. Plus, with the growing central business district, there are many working/entertaining/wooing restaurant options too.

The common denominator is a love for hearty food and variety. Portions are substantial, side dishes and dressings abundant, and options plentiful. You’re almost guaranteed to be able to eat anything from seafood to red meat in every restaurant. (And service is usually friendly and efficient – except if you’re unlucky enough to get a temperamental neighbourhood teenager who’s desperately trying to scrape together the cash for a motorbike.)

Here’s a simple guide to helping you choose the perfect restaurant for the occasion.

Best for…

After work drinks and snacksBuena Vista Social Café

Authentic Chinese fareBeijing

Baby showers and birthdaysRust en Vrede Coffee Shop

Bikers’ breakfast run – Hillcrest Estate

Brunch with friends and celebratory dinners Our Place

Buffet-style boerekosBloemendal

Business dinners and entertaining wine loversPoplars

Coffee, cake and catch-ups Chocolat

Contemporary fine diningCassia

Dates or dinners with the in-lawsPistachio

Entertaining clientsThe Eatery at Durbanville Hills Wine Estate

Fashionable families or book clubTables @ Nitida

First dates or working lunches – Koko

Interesting pizzas and yummy pastaCol’Cacchio

Ladies who lunch (with toddlers in tow)Bon Amis

Lunchtime eating and shoppingPulp Kitchen and Deli

Meat-eaters’ family feasts Cattle Baron Steak Ranch

Sublime sushi and seafoodLemon Butta

Been to one of these restaurants and had a terrific or terrible experience? Tell us about it. Know of a great restaurant in Durbanville that we haven’t mentioned? Do let us know.

By Anelde Greeff

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