The food is simple and comforting.
PE is not a pretty city. And Valley Rd is one of the last places you would expect to find a friendly stranger. But you will find the Friendly Stranger, on Upper Valley Road in a stone building that used to be the harbour master’s house.
There is a downstairs lounge with very low ceiling that is different, a retreat from the chic coffee shop upstairs.
The menu includes salads, burgers, flatbreads, nachos, pies and steaks. Next door there is a micro brewery and coffee roastery, making this another food focused destination
1 Bridge St, South End, Brickmakers Kloof, Port Elizabeth, 072 650-1487.
Nothing can beat freshly caught fish grilled over hot coals and if you are in Knysna see if you can get hold of the guys who do Fishing with Jan
sole and chips
Only to be followed by the most deliriously delicious Peri Peri chicken that I had at Rock ‘n Roosters next to Super Spar West-End Mall. My taste buds were dancing on my tongue screaming for more. The only comment I can make is this. You don’t need to do a take out from Rock’ n Roosters you damn well deserve it. The best I have ever tasted. Move over Nando’s. This is the real thing.
I haven’t tried the livers but I suspect Cruise Cafe has just lost a customer. For the authentic taste of peri-peri flame grilled chicken it has to be Rock ‘n Rooster.
An acquired taste, chicken livers certainly have those who love them and those who turn their faces away.
I challenge anyone in Knysna to turn a nose up at the most delectable chicken liver starter ever tasted.
Food is not just about the eating, it is about the look and the smell, the way it is placed in front of you and of course about the taste. The attractive and delicate presentation of these sherry marinated livers on a bed of superbly prepared pastry is a mouth-watering sight, and the experience of the tasting, well you just have to try it.
I must say I have never had an unpleasant meal, cup of coffee or service at Cruise Cafe.
Luciano Pavarotti was right when he said “One of the very nicest things about life, is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating”.
“We are only one or two generations away from a time when people canned, baked, preserved, made do, swopped produce, purchased locally, re-used and recycled because that’s just the way it was. The knowledge is still there” and stirring in Rheenendal.
Lauren Reynders has started a web site to support the local food producers and to explore for ways to live sustainably, to eat well, laugh a lot, to learn and pass on information and to create bonds of friensdhip within our community. I found it looking for vegetarian restaurants in Knysna and found this reference to “Brett who made the basil pesto. Brett owns a small, intimate vegetarian restaurant just down the Rheenendal road called Veg-Table. It is open on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Bookings are essential 074 833 9516”
She is from Abundance Farm where they have developed and are producing top quality mushroom cultures and grain spawn as well as Mushroom Grow Bags of edible and medicinal mushroom species.
18th May…cold and rainy in Knysna, can’t complain we have had fabulous weather this summer.
Popped in to Café d’ Arté, on Main Street, with some business colleagues for a meeting and to attempt to warm up and that we did.
Erna is a lovely host, keen to help and happy to serve you a hot cup of delicious coffee. The menu looks exciting and certainly tempting for those with a sweet tooth. So if you are looking for cinnamon pancakes in Knysna these are worth a try.
[edit 08/06/12] Erna and Malachi decided it wasn’t going to work but hopefully something will happen soon.
Will certainly call in again, rain or shine.