Chef Bertus Basson’s trademark South African flavours pack a punch at this casual food-and-wine bar.
Plates here are made for sharing and are substantial enough to satisfy. Three are enough for two, unless you’re very hungry. Start with the likes of smoked black and marinated green olives or butter-roasted cauliflower with chimichurri, macadamias, baby onions and goat’s cheese. Sautéed potato gnocchi with Huguenot cheese sauce, button mushrooms and Huguenot crisps are pillowy and rich, while whole red roman is pleasantly briny with a nasturtium paste adding pepperiness. Chalmar beef sirloin with crumbed mushrooms and parsley-and-caper butter will satisfy the carnivores, while smoked spicy soy pork belly with steamed rice and fermented cabbage adds an Asian twist. Vegetarians will love butter rotis with hummus, Cheddar croquettes with tomato jam, or sorghum tabbouleh with cucumber, red onion, mint and coriander. Leave space for dessert: the home-made Peppermint Crisp king cone for two is a fixture on the menu, while seasonal options such as caramelised apple and blueberry pancakes or crème brulée add to the temptation.
A good list of interesting local reds, whites and rosés by the bottle, with a few available by the glass, as well as a few “sweet and stickys” or dessert wines. Local beers and a small selection of spirits are also on offer.
Friendly and relaxed.
This is the perfect spot to while away a few hours under one of the oldest fruit-producing vines in town on a summer’s day. Seating inside is cosy yet stylish and perfect for cooler weather.
Ask for the story behind the name, it’s charming!
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I took my girlfriend to Spek and Bone for our 1 year anniversary. Let’s just say it did not disappoint, the food and wine selection itself was cause for celebration. The friendly waitstaff and manager made us feel welcome. Lovely space and vibrant energy. I will definitely be back and hopefully not just for the next anniversary, I don’t think we can wait that long for another gnocchi.
Frans-Albert van Zyl
Went to Spek & Bone the other night for dinner. Truly a magical place hidden away in it's own little corner. As you walk thrpugh the alley way it feels like you leave the hustle of the town behind. The food was great with a good amount of variety, portions not too big so that you can enjoy several different dishes of the menu, especially when you like to pick it your food like I do. Excellent wine list with a few lesser know wine makers, but still great quality. Service was good and allowed me to take it at my own pace without feeling rushed or unwelcome. A must try if you want to do something different from the usual night out.
I went to Spek & Bone for the first time two weekends ago... and I'm still thinking of the food! Each dish took us on a journey, with unique flavours and textures. The standout was the mosbolletjie steak tartare sandwich. So South African, so delicious. At the recommendation of our server, we had the cauliflower salad, which was also mindblowing. And the pork belly tortillas were just yumminess personified. There were so many other dishes that I wanted to try, I will definitely be back!
The food was very delicious and intriguingly done all around.
The fish tacos were done ingeniously and the yellowtail and octopus was texturely amazing.
The cheese in the Tomato salad was a little too strong, seemed to dominate everything else.
The steak was tender and juicy but a bit simple.
Ice-cream is fantastic and highly recommended.
Wine list is one of the best I've seen in SA.
My only real complaint is their concept of serving. I love the idea of family style tapas, and the idea here is to create your own plate. But when everything is brought out at once, things tend to get cold by the time you reach them. I just wish dishes were served over a longer period of time and not all at once.
Wonderful, clever food in a beautiful and relaxed surrounding. A great find in our home town.