Since Yum Yum opened its doors in Tzaneen in 2008, the trendy bistro has enlivened dining in the Lowveld town. Head chef Jonathan Taylor’s innovative, globally inspired menus and his insistence on fresh, organic produce ensure that food lovers from far beyond the northern province of Limpopo come to here to feast.

Did you know?

The naturally grown, single estate Arabica coffee served at Yum Yum comes from the nearby Crown Coffee plantation.

The Yum Yum Restaurant in Tzaneen started out as a deli and tapas bar – a novel concept indeed for the fast food-loving town. The eatery has now became a legend in its own lunchtime, thanks to chef Jonathan Taylor's innovative menus, attention to presentation and attentive service staff.

Fresh, mostly organic, locally sourced produce takes centre stage at Yum Yum Restaurant, where virtually all the fruit, vegetables and herbs come from the nearby Anlon Farm, where they are naturally grown without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

Taylor has oodles of local and international cooking experience, which shows in the restaurant's eclectic and globally inspired menu – think goat’s cheese rolled in dukkah (a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices), or Cajun calamari with crumbed risotto balls.

A year after opening, Yum Yum expanded its menu to include more substantial meals, but with options to suit every palate and pocket. Inventive, garden-fresh salads generous enough to enjoy as a main meal are balanced with heartier fare like its famous gourmet beef burger, fillet steak done with a creamy pepper and brandy sauce, or, in winter, pot-roasted lamb shank.

Regular chef’s specials and catch-of-the-day fish options keep the menu new and tempting.

Yum Yum’s bright, contemporary interior, with its striking artwork and chandeliers, makes the perfect location for a smart business lunch. But there’s no doubt the covered outdoor patio is where diners most love to escape the heat of the summer.

Order a pitcher of mint-infused lemonade or a bottle of wine from the small but selective wine list and soak up the mellow Lowveld atmosphere while you 'um' and 'ah' over the deliciously hard-to-choose-from dessert menu.

Whether you swoon over Taylor’s smashed meringue with berries served with local Amarula cream liqueur, the caramel chocolate tart, or crackly caramel-topped crème brûlée; or round off your meal with an Arabica coffee espresso, Yum Yum is as good as its name suggests.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Yum Yum Restaurant
Tel: +27 (0)15 307 3984
Email: yumyum@alon.org.za

How to get here

Tzaneen lies north-east of Johannesburg, about 410km (five hours' drive) along the N1, the R71 and then the R528.

Best time to visit

Breakfast: 9am to 11am, Monday to Friday; Lunch: 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday; Dinner: 6.30pm to 10pm, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Around the area

Take a hike in the Wolkberg mountain range, or in the forests; or visit the exquisite gardens at King's Walden Garden Manor (in nearby Agatha).

What will it cost

A three-course meal (excluding wine) will cost about R180 per person.

Length of stay

Plan a week's holiday in Limpopo and take in the sights and attractions.

Where to stay

There are numerous B&Bs and guest houses in Tzaneen. Sherwood's Country House and High Grove Lodge are two excellent options.

What's happening

The Magoebaskloof Spring Festival is a highlight on the annual calendar. This happens in September/October each year.

Best buys

Home-made gifts, chilli sauces, jams, peanut brittle, macadamia nut butter, herbal teas, almond biscotti and chocolate salami.