Farm-fresh food served in a small eatery attached to a warehouse-style delicatessen. Robust tastes and good recipes abound: pork and bean casserole, charcuterie platters, rillettes pâté, brioche and crème caramel.
Klein Joostenberg farm, off R304, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Tel: +27 (0)21 884 4208.
2Mariana’s Home Deli and Bistro
Wholesome, country chic with a menu that reflects seasonal plenty. Expect the likes of homegrown artichokes drizzled with garlic-redolent aioli and sun-ripened quince tarts.
12 Du Toit Street, Stanford, Western Cape. Tel: +27 (0)28 341 0272.
Fabulous crunchy crusty-bread and lashings of local tapenade. Salads and terrines rule the summer menu with cassoulet and grillades making an appearance in the winter.
13 Fontein Street, Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape. Tel: +27 (0)22 448 1110.
Chef-patron Marc Guèbert is Johannesburg’s Mr Soufflé. If you don’t like soufflés there are also quiches, calves liver in mustard sauce and duck pie. But who doesn’t like soufflés?
Shop 9 & 10, Pineslopes Shopping Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Tel: +27 (0)11 465 4116.
Legions of fans can't be wrong at this award-winning foreshore bistro. Classic French inspiration with delectable contemporary twists. The pasture-fed beef a la Mode is perfection. Jetty Street, Foreshore, Cape Town. +27 (0)21 418 0001.
6The Silver Orange Bistro
This bistro offers an eclectic mélange of classic French and comforting Afrikaans flavours in a pretty indigenous South African garden. Save space for the epic Malva pudding.
R513, 400m from Mfula Junction, Hartbeespoort, North West. Tel: +27 (0)12 253 2136.
Country bistro classics and deliciously theatrical décor. In winter ask to be seated by the roaring fire for an experience of such comforting perfection that you may never leave.
197 Teding van Berkhout Street, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. Tel: +27 (0)13 254 0088
8As Greek As It Gets
Hellenic comfort cuisine in a tiny Edwardian house on Cullinan’s main drag. The Chicken Bourekia signature dish is literally finger-licking good. It is essential to leave space for baklava.
86 Oak Avenue, Cullinan, North West. Tel: +27 (0)12 734 0707.
9Bar Bar Black Sheep
Mynhard Joubert's tiny bistro has achieved rock star status thanks to the chef's imaginative use of local ingredients. Fashionable foodies flock here for the rustic country fare and the Swartland's wonderful wines. Short Street, Riebeek-Kasteel. +27 (0)22 448 1031.
10Oep ve Koep
Preserves, pickles, veldskoene, farm-style bread and more at Die Winkle of Paternoster, inside which you'll find the even more wonderful Oep ve Keop bistro, where chef Kobus van der Merwe transforms foraged food into fine dining.
Augustine Road, Paternoster, West Coast.
Tel: +27 (0)22 752 2105