Knysna cuisine: 5 Restaurants you should visit

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Knysna can be just as much of a gastronomical journey as a sight-seeing trip. The town and surrounds host a variety of eateries that present Haute Cuisine for the connoisseur or real ‘soul food’ for a meal reminiscent of home. Many local and foreign dishes pop up on Knysna menus.

What follows is a small selection of eateries in Knysna to help you during your gastronomic travels through the Garden Route…

5 restaurants in Knysna to dazzle your palate

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Bistro cafés, gourmet cuisine and ‘soul food’ – Knysna has it all.

Pembrey’s Bistro

Average cost: R95 – R150 (Around 5 Pounds – 9 Pounds / 7 Euro – 12 Euro)
Described as ‘comfy casual modern, bistro fare’ this establishment will suite those looking for hearty lunchtime dining. Roasted springbok and lamb, lamb kidneys or beef marrow served on toast (with scrumptious onion marmalade) are all popular choices. Owners Viv and Peter Vadas support local wineries and welcome you into this ambling country house with a warm atmosphere and close-knit group of staff. Lunch: Sundays (in season lunch). Dinner: Wednesday – Sunday 6.30pm – late (in season Sunday lunch)
+27443860005 |

The Olive Tree

Average cost: R130 (Around 8 Pounds / 10 Euro)
This is a firm local favourite. Described as ‘classic elegance combined with bistro food’ the house recommendations include the seafood curry and the fillet. The ‘catch of the day’ is also said to be a sure winner. Serves breakfast/brunch and lunch. Dinners, Monday to Saturdays only in Season from 6.30pm till kitchen close at 9pm.

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Average cost: R80 (Around 4.5 Pounds / 6 Euro)
This is the place to dine if you’re in the mood for exotic, pungent spices and classic Punjabi dishes. Tandoori chicken (made in an Indian charcoal clay oven), buttery naan bread, grilled meat and fish are just some of the choices that await you. Make sure to make a booking as large groups often dine here due to the fabulous tradition of ‘group sharing’ when dining on Indian dishes. Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12 noon – 3pm. Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5.30pm – 10pm.

Café Mario

Average cost: R60 (Around 4 Pounds / 5 Euro)
If you’re hankering for Italian this is the place to frequent. Well-known for their thin crusted pizzas (available in wheat-free too). Mario’s has an ambitious menu. Pastas, Italian sandwiches, veal pizziaoilo, steak and grilled line fish are on offer. The ‘Super Mario’ full breakfast (with spicy Italian sausage) is highly recommended by regular patrons. Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7.30am – 10pm. Lunch: Monday to Sunday 7.30am – 10pm. Dinner: Monday to Sunday 7.30am – 10pm
+27443827250 |

Creative nods to global flavors (based on the chefs’ travels) are evident in dishes such as shakshuka, a riff on the Turkish classic of poached eggs perched on a spicy tomato, onion and red pepper ragout. – Charlotte Pregnolato, Food Critic, on her experience at Île de Païn (The Artisan)

Île de Païn – The Artisan

Average cost: R50 – R100 (Around 3 – 5.5 Pounds. Around 4 – 7.5 Euro)
What do you get when you combine a master chef with a master baker and chocolatier? Pure heaven at Ile de Païn. Chef Liezie Mulder and Markus Farbinger combine their skill sets to create excitingly imaginative dishes. Take for example, the ‘Green Envy’, made with bright yellow free-range scrambled eggs, surrounded by pesto on whole wheat toast, topped with arugula and parmesan. Chocoholics take note of the pastries on offer! Cool café music will have you humming along to a familiar tune while the kids play and romp around the patio under the trees. Breakfast: Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 11am Sunday 9am – 1.30pm. Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3pm Sunday 9am – 1.30pm
27443025707 | 27443025705 |

Don’t forget the famous Knysna Oyster Festival

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The 32nd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 3rd to 12th July 2015.

Oysters are often described as ‘the most delicate and tender of all seafoods’. In Knysna a whole festival is dedicated to celebrating these wild delicacies of the sea. From the 3rd to the 12th of July this year (2015), Knysna once again plays host to the most anticipated culinary and gastronomical event of the season, the Knysna Oyster Festival.

Bon Appetit and see you there!

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