Having been fortunate to have been privy to a most delightful jaunt up to the Eastern Cape recently – my loves for the month are abounding and true to road-trippin’ form.
1. Restorante Enrico
First on April’s list is the brilliant Restorante Enrico, which graces the banks of Keurboom’s beach just outside of Plett. Genuine Italian fare using the best quality ingredients at fair prices (given that you are practically eating on the beach overlooking the ocean)…this is a must see! With the wine menu (key to our comfort) quirkily displayed on the labels of magnum wine bottles and this being the home of the iconic Enrico’s BOMBA bread (a pizza bread blown up to resemble a balloon until pricked), Enrico’s is a treat. This is the place where your “catch of the day” is as it says…and caught in the very sea you sit and gawp at whilst sipping on your Savannah! Service with a friendly flair, and Enrico himself manning the fort, this operation is a smooth and successful one judging by the full house and superb ‘sunset and seafood, on the rocks’ experience. Happy bellies and lungs filled with fresh sea air…and we are set for the next stop en-route to Kenton and the magical Kariega River.
2. Whiskey Camp
Second on my list has got to be Whiskey Camp! Those of us who attended a very special wedding on the banks of the Kariega River at Whisky Camp will have first-hand experience of the magic I elude to…but those of you who have not tasted the flavours of the Kariega River at Kenton in the Eastern Cape – need to make a serious escape plan. This is the epitome of ‘food for the soul’ and simply must make its way onto your bucket list! The kind, generous and heart-warming hospitality of Jan and Noel Ross, the owners of Whisky Camp Game Farm are the kind of people you want to know. Full of heart and ready to share in their beloved piece of paradise – the Kariega River sings a magical tune and has certainly stolen my heart. I long for the next adventure to Kenton and more opportunity to explore this rich and unspoilt area. The little town of Kenton-on-Sea boasts plenty of beach and riverside accommodation options. It is a well-kept secret and would-be paradise for the kiddies!
3. Houwhoek Farm Stall
And lastly…we do the drive up the garden route at least 4 times a year, so we are well aware of the better places to pit-stop with the kids to stretch the legs and full the bellies. We tend to save the best for last and as one heads up the Houwhoek pass in Elgin, before heading towards Sir Lowrys and over onto home soil – there is nothing better than a happily home-made from the Houwhoek Farm Stall! Especially if the weather turns nasty (which it often does just before Sir Lowrys)…these pies steam up the car and warm your insides. Real chunks of meat and yummy gravy and thick, crusty homemade all-butter pastry is what makes them a treat – and if you are like me and tend to start your diet again on a Monday morning – opt for a family-size feta and broccoli quiche to take home for and easy-peasy dinner after the long haul… done!
There are some pretty places to sit outside and eat if you aren’t in too much of a rush – and some grassy knolls and swings for the kids to let off some steam on before piling back in the car for the home stretch.
PLUS….added bonus – the farm stall boasts a little wine nook stocked to the brim with very, very decent local wines, AND…its open on a Sunday! Whoo hoo!
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie. Having worked with the Eat.Art team before, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the Eat.Art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.