Photos by Jaco Voges
There is a new addition to the eating scene in Paarl, the brainchild of two young Karoo sisters who had a longing for the comfortable days of their childhood and decided to replicate it in a beautiful little spot. The Knus Karoo Kombuis is the perfect place to sit down and get cozy.
Paarl is one of those towns that doesn’t feel it has to prove anything. It is comfortable in its own skin and has a charming effect on visitors who feel all that glitz in towns close by is totally unnecessary. That Afrikaans word for feeling cozy is ‘Knus’.
There is a garden out back where you can sit under the trees under the ever watchful Paarl Rock. If the fierce heat gets too much you can take shelter inside the cozy restaurant and eat some of the delicious “no-nonsense” food they serve up there.
Breakfast is one of those meals in which the comfort factor looms large. Try the many versions of pancakes—with green fig preserve, nuts and cream cheese, or the option with apples, raisins and cinnamon.
The mosbolletjie with honey and butter, and the milk tart, take one back to gentler times, before we discovered the dangers of cholesterol.
For something more substantial try the biltong breakfast with poached eggs, beef biltong and hollandaise sauce served on roosterkoek , or the farm breakfast with eggs, wors, bacon, tomato, mushrooms and fried onions also served on roosterkoek.
Lunch produces meals like lamb in bobotie sauce with banana, coconut and honey, and a man-sized burger, as well as pan fried pork strips with caramelised onions—delicious.
Some interesting beers and ciders, and a small collection of local wine complete the picture. Service is very friendly in a country manner.
For further information call the Knus Karoo Kombuis 021 876 8008
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As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.