Culinary Route Information
Great Karoo food…….
For the people of the Camdeboo, hospitality is second nature and visitors are welcomed with genuine warmth and homeliness. This culturally rich area seduces visitors with all kinds of homemade foods from milktart, ‘koeksisters’, rusks and gingerbeer to our famous Karoo Lamb and juicy Karoo venison. The venison is not genetically manipulated and has not been induced with hormones, which makes it natural and healthy. Due to its low fat content and optimal nutrition venison is good for keeping cholesterol low and is packed with necessary proteins.
A well-known dish, served in various restaurants in Graaff-Reinet, is the fillet-trio consisiting of springbok, beef and ostrich. Restaurants stock their menus with kudu, blesbok pie, kudu-salami and, of course, the world renowned Karoo lamb, which derives its unique and mouth-watering taste from the Karoo bossies which the lamb feed on. These dishes are served with delicious baked potatoes and fresh vegetables, which include glazed sweet potatoes… a firm favourite. Well known Graaff-Reinet favourites also include boontjiesop in winter and braaing in the picnic areas in the Camdeboo National Park during summer. Malva pudding is the ideal South African dessert to round off any meal.
Pair your Karoo meal with one of South Africa’s famous wines. Although wine is no longer produced in Graaff-Reinet, the area started out as a wine producing area and still is home to the oldest Black Acorn grape vine at Reinet House. This specific vine was planted by Reverend Murray in 1870.
Feed your appetite by going on a gastronomical tour of the District’s restaurants, delis, charming coffee shops and brewery. The local Brewery in Nieu Bethesda is a one of a kind experience, where you can enjoy home-brewed ale, locally produced olives and kudu salami with cheeses specially created by the Deli. If you would like to picnic, why not visit the local home industry store and choose from their wide selection of tasty eats.
Sample the famous Karoo lamb, venison and salamis, home-baked milk tart and organic cheeses. Indulge your senses whilst enjoying local cuisine in Graaff-Reinet, Nieu Bethesda and Aberdeen.
De Camdeboo Restaurant @ Drostdy Hotel
De Camdeboo Restaurant offers a gourmet experience in a relaxed and comfortable setting and with a Karoo influenced menu using the best available local ingredients coupled with a global influence.The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Coldstream Restaurant
In the shade off the majestic Norfolk pine tree, you can enjoy a gastronomic event.
This popular lunch venue with an open air terrace serves meals from the grill as well as a great variety of light meals with a local and international flavour. The delectable cakes and desserts are not to be missed and which will linger in the mind for a long time.Dinner at The Coldstream has been labelled "the best food in town". The menu is of a high quality from an extensive menu. All the dishes are complimented with superb wines from their capacious selection of fine wines, which along with the cuisine would make for an unforgettable dining experience in this beautiful Karoo town.
Contact: Inge Weich-Verheul Owner/Chef
Polka Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bakery & Deli
Polka`s menu was developed to showcase true South African dishes with a lot of Karoo flavour. From game and venison to our legendary lamb shanks and bobotie we try to showcase the area we are so fond of.
Contact: Hestie vd Mescht
The Blue Magnolia Coffee Shop & Nursery
Our Coffee Shop offers a range of light breakfasts and lunches which you can enjoy alongside a wonderful selection of freshly baked cakes and Illy Coffee.
Contact: Marli or Karen
Trading Hours:Mondays to Fridays 08h00 to 17h00
Our Yard Roastery & Cultural Stop
Trading Hours: Mondays to Fridays 08h00 to 17h00
The perfect place where you can relax, browse through the roastery, toy shed, t-shirt shop and art gallery while at the same time enjoying a great meal.
Auntie Evelin se Eetplek http://www.nieubethesda.info
The Brewery & Two Goats Deli http://www.nieubethesda.info
The Karoo Lamb http://www.nieubethesda.info
Bethesda Arts Centre http://www.nieubethesda.info
Culinary Route Points of Interest