The restored homestead in PE’s historic heart is a classy choice for breakfast and bistro-style lunches. Owners Cindy and Dr Konrad Hoekstra named it after William Savage, who built it in 1885, and whose descendants still live in the city. The kitchen was set up by former Bay native Vanessa Marx, 2013 winner of an Eat Out Rising Star Award. Current chef Janie Coetzee has put her stamp on things, maintaining excellent standards.
Expect good-value, well-prepared and skilfully plated food using quality ingredients, with no shortcuts taken. The Baaaakens Bun is a meaty feast of pulled lamb with a vaguely Asian tang, served on a home-made bun with crispy onion rings and real-deal chips.
Lamb carbonara comprises the unusual Karri Grove lamb bacon in a creamy, egg-based sauce with petit pois, tagliatelle and Grana Padano shavings. The salads and flatbreads are innovative, and there are appealing vegetarian and banting options.
For pud, the baked cherry and almond cheesecake can’t be topped.
Coffees and milky drinks like chai lattes and frappés are varied, as are smoothies, milkshakes and freshly squeezed juices. Do try the home-made, berry-infused Verandah pink lemonade. The wine list is small and local, with two or three options per cultivar, all expertly chosen. Craft beers, ciders and spirits are also available.
Service is pleasant throughout, and waiters are courteous and professional.
The building has been magnificently restored, with interior spaces opened up to improve flow. The wraparound Victorian veranda overlooking meticulously tended gardens is a dream in summer. Contrary to what the name suggests, Savages is refined and elegant, without being stuffy.
Stylish, chilled lunch with a few pals.
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