Stepping up to justify its given name, The Village Idiot, this venue brings optimism and innocence of the Klein Karoo into the busy city around it. This restaurant and bar, located on the second floor of a preserved Victorian building, is an architectural masterpiece that rebuilds familiar scenery from Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich capital of the world”, on a blasting urban corner.

The all wooden interior includes a large bar, diverse combinations of seating areas containing regular and high tables, leathered boots, lounging around a fireplace and a cosy billiard saloon. All is wrapped around with additional balcony seating that completes the feeling of country generosity.

The locally brewed design of the venue is well reflected in the restaurant’s menu. This is definitely the place to find, and try everything that is part of the traditional South African carnivore’s diet. Braai boards include boerewors & pap, burgers, steaks & ribs, chops & chakalaka. With biltong on the starters menu and curries having its own section, it is a culinary heaven for young professionals located in the city from all over the country looking for taste of home. It is also a perfect restaurant to sample and come back for every food item you ever wanted to try when reading about the rich history of South Africa’s explorers and Voortrekkers (Boer pastoralists from the frontiers of the Cape Colony who migrated eastwards during the Great Trek).

Equally well-designed vegetarian and seafood dishes are available and will comfortably accommodate any member of your group.

With themed evenings, live DJ nights and weekly specials, the restaurant is often busy, so it is well advised to make a reservation when coming as a group. If you are looking to make your experience even more authentic book in advance for a braai on the balcony.

The wine list is a good reflection of fine South African wines and terroirs and is completed with a large selection of cocktails, local craft beers on tap and bottled.

Open Tuesday to Saturday.
32 Loop Street. 021 418 1548


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