Joostenberg—a One-Stop Culinary Wonderland

When you are out that way, if you can go past the delights that are Joostenberg you are a stronger person than I…

Situated just off the N1 as you turn off to Stellenbosch, my car seems to be programmed and heads there on its own—I think. Long the home of the Myburgh family, it is a culinary destination par excellence but do not think haute cuisine , instead think of fabulous bistro fare in the best Cape tradition, with a Gallic touch, as the cooking is under the sure hand of brilliant Chef Christophe Dehosse and his team.

I am never sure whether to shop first or eat first but I am getting the hang of it now after many years of going there and find that shopping last is best—that way you can keep the fresh produce fresh longer.

The place is very family friendly and the kids love the cheeky roosters that strut their stuff in the garden. There is a play area where parents can keep an eye on the little tykes while they unwind. In the Bistro, start with a platter of superb charcuterie with some of their crunchy homemade bread– served with pickles to take off the edge of all that richness.

Main courses of pork sausages with apple sauce and mashed potatoes and the gourmet hamburger with all the trimmings will satisfy any carnivore. If you don’t lean that way then try the line fish with garden vegetables and mushroom sauce and finish up with the baked cheesecake and berry coulis—brilliant. Then head off to the deli where you will find the best pork rillettes and chicken liver pâté with port in the Cape, cold meats, cheeses, real yoghurt and fresh veggies. The butchery specialises in pork products with bacon often on special, pork chops, goulash, various sausages and hams. Last but definitely not least, don’t forget to get some of their excellent wines which are made by Tyrrel Myburgh.

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Words and Pictures: Greg Landman

Greg Landman

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.

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