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Master cheesemaker Alje van Deemter uses fresh-harvested produce from the kitchen garden to accompany cheese that’s lovingly made using age-old methods. Award-winning goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses are presented in their simplest and most natural forms for guests to appreciate and savour.
The feast starts with delicate mature cheddar profiteroles served warm, drizzled in olive oil and strewn with rosemary tips. This is followed by the signature Caprese salad with melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella and fleshy tomatoes bursting with flavour.
The main event is the cheese platter, showcasing a variety of cheeses from smoked provolone, a number of cheddars and goat’s cheeses, to honey-drizzled ricotta – a dessert in itself. The cheese platter is garnished with fresh herbs from the garden and served with a freshly baked herb-infused bread, the perfect accompaniment to Alje’s cheeses.
End the meal with a crêpe or rustic pecan tart served with home-made ice cream and Bialetti coffee.
Unlicensed, but no corkage charged. A home-made cold drink like lemonade or iced tea is usually on offer.
Intimate and relaxed, allowing guests to experience a working farm and walk away having learnt something about the cheese-making process.
Whether enjoying a winter meal in front of the fire or on the terrace overlooking the dam and hills in summer, the experience is memorable and unique. Classical music echoes through the house and beautifully laid tables are decorated with wildflowers in summer.
A romantic lunch or bigger groups.
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Alje's hosting and food never disappoints. This is artisanal food at its very best in beautiful surroundings. I bought some just-made mozzarella to take home and it was just as delicious the following day...
I've read about this local tucked away gem several times but have never had the opportunity to visit. When we extended our stay in Plett, I thought I'd try my luck for a table at short notice despite the warning that booking in advance is necessary. We were easily accommodated. It's easy to find with the directions provided when booking and it took about 45 minutes from Keurbooms. As we parked we were welcomed by Alje and his dogs and led through the farmhouse to the glass room - an intimate closed in dining room on the verandah. It has a homely atmosphere with the option of a cosy fire on colder days. The lunch is a cheese lover's delight. The starter is warm crostini with goats cheese, honey and thyme. The main course consists of a mozzarella & tomato salad, a green salad with grated hard goat's cheese and a delicious homemade dressing and the star of the show is a cheese board with an assortment of hard and soft cheeses, all accompanied by piping hot homemade bread served straight from the oven. Alje encourages patrons to bring their own wine and does not charge corkage - we enjoyed a prized bottle of red which complimented the meal perfectly. There is an option to have dessert and coffee afterwards, if one still has space after the hearty meal! Fynbos hoek is a lovely place to spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying some of Tsitsikamma's best local cheese.
Absolutely brilliant! One of the coziest and best experiences you'll have in SA! Do yourself a favour!