Delicious dining close to the dam

  • 23 June 2012 | Kate Rau

Fancy yourself a bit of a foodie fundi? Then head out to Hartbeespoort Dam this weekend with napkin in hand and try a signature dish (or two) at any of these astounding local restaurants. We assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

Tuck into a delicious meal at Bugatti's at the bottom of the Harties Cableway

An eye for Italian

If trattoria-style menus are your thing, then book an “Italian Table” (Italian alfresco Sunday buffet) at La Dolce Vita in Kosmos. Situated in Jocelyn Street, this Italian guest house also offers gastronomes a delightful hors d’oeuvre – a leisurely boat trip on the dam, with cocktails.

A taste for tapas

The Spanish word “tapas” refers to those tasty little appetisers that leave your mouth watering and your tummy grumbling for more. Tapas are the order of the day – and the specialty – at Siesta, a tapas bistro of note in Schoemansville. The variety of tastes is astounding, and must be experienced!

Do you like Dutch?

For a family restaurant with a difference, try a Dutch dish or two at the Windmill. This unique restaurant offers a variety of meals, including divine Dutch croquets, and is nestled in a real Dutch Windmill in Meerhof. This spot is super for special occasions.

Tummy rumbling? Food and refreshments are available at the top and bottom of the cableway

Citrus bistro with a local twist

For a most remarkable afternoon dining experience, head to the Silver Orange Bistro – a small, thatched establishment located on a citrus estate. Sunday lunch in the garden is a firm favourite, as is the seared Loch Duart salmon set on lemon-infused mash with blue curacao sauce.

Munch on top of the mountain

Now here’s something to get your taste buds tingling (and your taste for adventure, too)! Head to the top of the Hartbeespoort cableway and grab a bite at the self-service express restaurant. 

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