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Fynboshoek Cheese offers sophisticated quality cheese in a relaxed farmhouse setting where most everything is grown or made on the premises.
There is no menu but you'll start with something to pop into your mouth like cheddar filled brioche balls to tide you over until the aromatic rosemary focaccia is ready, fresh from the oven. Two salads consisting of leaves, herbs, and vegetables from the garden: one might be caprese with mozzarella so creamy it looks like butter. The main event is a feast of cow and goat's milk cheeses made by your host and award winning cheese-maker, Aljie Van Deemder. Yours might include fresh ricotta drizzled with honey, aged cheddar, sharp provolone, creamy chèvre and brie. Freshly made dessert of the day provides a fitting finish: pecan pie, homemade crepes, or cheesecake, all accompanied by rich vanilla house made ice cream.
Not licensed. Bring along something nice for the meal and finish with a cup of bracing stove-top coffee.
Aljie is a gracious host who serves and explains the various cheeses. From long experience he has the pacing just right and is always around to answer questions.
Aljie's warm and inviting farmhouse celebrates living well in all dimensions: classical music, comfortable tables by the fire or outside overlooking the dam, and delectable odors wafting from the kitchen.
Best for getting away from it all. Whether you are just having lunch, or opt to stay over at Fynboshoek Farm's guest cottage, you'll find the quiet beauty of the country a balm for the senses.
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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!