Tasty mix of history

Lynne Gadd-Claxton

THERE is a double treat in store at The Colonial Kitchen – patrons can experience decor from a bygone era while enjoying exceptionally tasty food.

It is a chance to enjoy a bottle of wine while overlooking the Baakens Valley and perusing the evening menu, which changes each week.

Usually the restaurant is open during the day for breakfast and lunch but Friday and Saturday they will open for dinner too. However, this Christmas season the unique eatery is opening for dinner every night of the week with live entertainment.

The breakfast menu (served between 8am and noon) includes a healthy option of honey and naartjie-infused stewed fruit, muesli and yoghurt drizzled with prickly pear syrup for R35. If you want something heartier, try the Karoo farmer’s breakfast with lamb chops, kudu boerewors and two eggs served with farm bread for R69.

For a delicious summertime lunch they have a great deli selection or mouth-watering cheese platters served with ciabatta bread.

We visited The Colonial Kitchen for dinner and were blown away by the friendly owners and staff and great food. It is a lovely restaurant with a great vibe and sitting around the fire with a glass of shiraz is the perfect way to end dinner.

Tonight the venue is hosting an Arabian evening with fumato drumming and belly dancing. Food will include exotic dishes of chickpea falafel served with fresh lemon, tzatziki and home-made flatbread (R50), or marinated mushrooms, hummus, Baba Ganouch, feta, slow-roasted tomato, olives and herbs on a home-made flatbread (R75).

Tomorrow the restaurant will host live jazz, while the Rob Thompson Blues Trio will perform on Saturday.

All performances start at 7pm and are free.

The Friday and Saturday menu includes camembert, drizzled with prickly pear syrup, baked in the oven until the cheese is soft and the syrup is a bubbling toffee, served with crispy ciabatta bread for dunking (R45). Rump steak served with a creamy gorgonzola sauce (R125) is also on the menu.

The Colonial Kitchen is open during the festive season from Tuesday to Saturday from 8am until 10pm and open Sunday from 9am until 3pm.

It is on the corner of Bridge Street and Upper Valley Road in Baakens Valley in Port Elizabeth. Inquiries and bookings: (041) 581-4488.

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