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Country cooking with a sprinkle of sophistication is the hallmark of Gabriëlskloof, making it well worth the drive. The inventive breakfast menu ensures this is a popular spot for both locals and hungry road-trippers, dishing up anything from hearty fry-ups to healthy quinoa and kale bowls.
The classic order is the Eggs Gabriëlskloof, a sturdy plate of roosterbrood, spiced bobotie mince and poached eggs. Come hungry.
Lunchtime sees more bistro-style cooking on a compact menu that will offer something for most palates. There’s crowd-pleasing pork belly and crispy salt-and-pepper squid, but rather opt for the succulent confit duck, served here with a couscous salad and hummus of carrot and honey, or creative roosterbrood with bone marrow and salsa verde.
If you’re short on time, the deli menu offers a range of simple, well-priced plates, from generous cheese platters to home-made burgers and salads. There’s an extensive kids’ menu too.
The kids will also no doubt plead for a scoop of home-made ice cream – just one of the tempting dessert options. There’s also the quirky peppermint crisp ice cream sandwich, but you certainly won’t go wrong with the silky white chocolate crème brûlée.
Excellent wine list focused on the Gabriëlskloof wines, which are excellent. Most are available by the glass and all at tiny mark-ups.
Country-style service – plenty of warmth without the frills.
It’s a restaurant of two faces. Indoors is more formal, with linen-clad tables and a roaring fire. On the broad stoep, outdoor tables overlook spacious lawns where the kids – and dogs – can stretch their legs.
Sunday drives and hearty lunches with the family.
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If you are travelling between Cape Town and Caledon (or Hermanus) or if you are just an avid day tripper (like us) you must treat yourself to lunch at Gabrielskloof. This hill top venue is stunning and run by a very talented and dedicated couple. Frans is an amazing chef and delights in offering mouth-watering treats that will ensure you return again and again. The deli is well-stocked and so temptingly displayed that you will leave with an armload of goodies to remind you of the great food experience. An absolute gem.