Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

2 Reviews
Health food
Phone Number 0218091137 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm ; Sunday 11am to 3pm

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Health food
Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Child friendly, Dinner, Lunch

Location and contact

Spier Wine Farm Baden Powell Drive Stellenbosch

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jess Spiro

While you’re definitely here for the meat, what sets Vadas Smokehouse apart from any other barbecue joint is the snack offering. It features delicate dishes like whipped hake served with a boiled egg – resplendent in its fishiness – and homemade crisps, as well as hand-chopped steak tartare with greens and toast. Proper chicken liver pâté accompanied by crispy chicken skin, however, is the one to return for. The freshly baked bread kicks off the meal wonderfully, arriving with butter and hummus, and is particularly delicious with the toasty baba ghanoush with pickled and raw veggies.

If you know PJ, you’ll know to expect smoked meats and fried chicken – and you’ll find those in abundance on this menu. The meaty section comes priced per 100g, which is great for sharing or tasting a little bit of each. There are the usual smoked brisket and pork belly suspects in all their low-and-slow sticky glory, but there are also unusual options, such as tequila-cured and hot-smoked salmon trout with citrus and smoked duck leg with honey and fennel flowers.

The fried chicken is not to be missed. It comes perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, with a moreish smoked honey sauce for dipping. If you’re looking for some greenery for added virtuosity, the simple garden green salad with fynbos vinegar and olive oil will cut through any meaty richness. Similarly, the fire-roasted broccoli with toasted macadamia nuts and a mustardy dressing is the perfect side to all that smoke.

Sweet treats come from the bakery and could comprise a lemon meringue tart, strawberry pie or PJ’s infamous life-giving pasteis de nata.

The drinks list is neat and tidy, with a well-priced range of Spier’s wines, as well as local beers available by the bottle or on tap.

While most of Smokehouse will be familiar to Hoghouse fans, one thing Vadas has turned on its head is the style of service. Here, you fill out your own order and take it to the attending staff, who then bring it out once ready. It’s simple enough, once you know what you’re doing. (Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery pays its staff an all-inclusive salary, meaning tips are welcome but not expected. Read more about all-inclusive service salaries and the controversial tipping debate here.)

There really isn’t much else that can beat sitting outside, under the trees on the expansive lawn, with kids pottering about and families lounging in the sun. The ambience here echoes the ethos of the restaurant – easygoing, welcoming and perfectly leisurely.

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(November 2018)

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User reviews

2 Reviews
    Everything is cooked with fire. The meats are slow cooked and umptious. The vegetables are bright and vibrant and can just about steal the show! My favourite side was the wood fired asparagus with seaweed aioli and dressed with samphire and ice lettuce. Phenomenal dish and packed with luxurious umami flavours. Our table had the chefs choice which included the pork and brisket on flatbreads. Both were seasoned perfectly and received high praise from my carnivorous wife! The slight hitch was the novel ordering protocol, which required us to fill out our orders and send them to the waitrons. The dishes that were multiples came out in one platter which confused us all. But it was quickly explained following a few trips to enquire with the kitchen. Teething issues only. Lovely decor and staff were all very happy and pleasant. Didn’t get to enjoy the bakery section as we had happily overindulged in lunch. We will be back!

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