Find German deli delights in Gardens

Uncover a local secret in Cape Town’s Garden Centre – stop in at Raith Gourmet and enjoy a taste of pure German excellence, suggests Matthew Ibbotson, publisher of web-based food magazine ‘Crush Online’.

Raith Gourmet is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. This German butcher and delicatessen has been going for decades – having been established in 1989 – and has a regular local following that seems to go there pretty much every day. For a great breakfast, sandwich, or a light lunchtime meal, it’s still a great deli to pop in at.

I’d say their butchery has perhaps the best German cured meats in the city. The salami is fantastic, and all the cured meats are really excellent. It’s also very well priced.

Aside from the butchery there’s a small deli section where you can have a light meal. It’s all very simple food, with things like potato salad and German beans. You can walk in and select meat from the butchery, then take it across to the restaurant to be grilled. The kassler chops are especially popular, and definitely worth savouring.

Go beyond expectations at Buitenverwachting in Cape Town’s Constantia wine valley.

Established in 1706, the beautiful Buitenverwachting wine farm on the slopes of the majestic Constantiaberg mountains delivers on its English namesake, ‘beyond expectation’, in every way.

The farm produces an array of top-quality wines, including 18 whites and 12 reds. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Blanc de Noir, Brut, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and more can be enjoyed on the farm or at home.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely meal at the restaurant, which is situated in a classic historic thatched Cape Dutch building. Terrace tables offer iconic views of the vineyards and mountains, while the more relaxed courtyard is set amidst ancient stinkwood trees and a traditional Cape fountain.

The cuisine ranges from fine dining to relaxed deli-style fare, all with a sophisticated yet contemporary flare. It is no surprise that the restaurant was rated as one of Brian Berkman’s Top 10 in Cape Town in 2009 and 2010.

The farm also boasts a rustic yet trendy coffee shop offering the best in warm beverages and baked goods. Buitenverwachting hosts exceptional bespoke weddings, conferences and other special events. One of the most picturesque farms in the valley, it affords guests endless photo opportunities and the opportunity to relax in the total serenity of the pristine grounds. The farm boasts several function venues that can be utilised for functions catering for from 10 to 400 people.

The Foodbarn Deli

With an holistic and vibrantly new age approach to food and all things delicious, The Foodbarn Deli is not only a restaurant, a brilliant catering option for any and all events as well as a jam packed deli containing everything your taste buds could ever yearn for, but it is also an existence of beautiful. All the food on offer in the deli is of the best produce as well as the most beautifully presented, the same can and is said for the restaurant and the manner in which all their catering is done at every event that they have catered for. The Foodbarn deli is a food emporium that welcomes every type of taste, no matter how finicky the taste is. Continue reading “The Foodbarn Deli”