Vovo Telo

Bakery and Cafe in Harties 

Type: Restaurant 

Website: https://www.vovotelo.co.za/

We visited Vovo Telo Restaurant in Hartebeespoort and was pleasantly surprised by the venue, service and food. It was a great morning out on the bike.

It is a relatively small cost little restaurant but exceptional service. They have indoor and outdoor seating with a huge tree in the parking lot that you can go and smoke under. They also have an inhouse bakery that makes breads, rolls and other pastries.

I would recommend Vovo Telo for a visit when in the Harties area. 5 out of 5 from us.

Cafe Beyritz

Lynnwood Bridge in Pretoria

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.cafebeyritz.co.za/

We took an hour ride out to this restaurant this morning in Lynnwood Bridge. The waiters were extremely friendly and there is an awesome atmosphere created at Cafe Beyritz. The breakfast was one of the best we have had, with their unique touch and flavour. We were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. Two thumbs up to the chef.

Seating can be indoors or outside on the sidewalk style cafe. There are a number of eateries to choose from, so we will definitely return in future to try out one of the others. Easy access off the N1 and easy to find. Try it out next time you are looking for a new place with great food.

La Vie en Rose

Killarney Country Club

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://lavieenrose.co.za/

We took a 40 minute ride out to the Killarney Country Club to visit La Vie en Rose restaurant. It has a great atmosphere and equally great food. The service was fast and friendly with both indoor and outdoor seating.

We had a great time and a hearty breakfast was well received. The menu is quite extensive catering for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper. La Vie also serves as a function venue for birthdays, baby showers, engagements or any other surprise party of your choice.

Silver Orange Bistro

In Hartebeespoort 

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.silverorangebistro.co.za/

We have reached our final restaurant in our quest to visit 52 places in 52 weeks, and what a year it has been. Silver Orange Bistro is a worthy finale, they definitely rank in our top 3 places to visit. We were shown to our table right next to the fireplace, which they don’t normally light early morning but did for us as it was particularly cold this morning.

They have indoor and outdoor seating available dependent on the weather and the occasion.

We were surprised at the menu that offers a unique taste experience with Fillet kebabs or smoked trout options in the breakfast menu and Duck, Ostrich or Springbok in the mains menu.

What a taste explosion and 5 star quality food on your plate for a very reasonable price. Then at the end of your meal just when you think you are done and can’t fit anything more in, they bring you a complimentary scone with cream.

Follow the path down through the citrus trees to the Almost Orange bar and Gin tasting venue. They offer beers and platters for a lazy Saturday afternoon in amongst the citrus plantation.

This is worth the trip and a second or third visit during the warm summer months. Bookings are essential as it fills up quickly.

Ox Wagon Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://www.oxwagonlodge.co.za/

Situated on the koppie just before descending into Hartebeespoort, Ox Wagon Lodge is hidden away in the bush.

‘This living museum and private hideaway for nature lovers is where you relive the romance of the early Pioneers and Jock of the Bushveld era. The Oxwagon Lodge is a unique concept combining original ossewa with some modern comforts, in an atmosphere of friendliness, bird song and beautiful trees.’ – website.

Below is a picture of the quaint accommodation and the view from the lodge over the Hartebeespoort valley and dam.

Each Lodge has an ossewa attached to it and this is the bedroom or at least the bed where you will sleep for the night like Jan van Riebeck or Simon van der Stel…

This makes this a very unique experience and something you will remember for years to come.

The restaurant and bar area is situated in the middle of the half moon shaped accommodation so you feel what it felt like in those days when the ossewa provided the only form of protection against the enemy and animal predators.

The Ox Wagon Lodge offers a special experience for parties, conferencing, weddings or just a romantic weekend away for two. The Ox Wagon Restaurant serves Sunday lunch including oxtail potjiekos, real farm bread baked in an old handmade oven and other traditional dishes.

Thaba Moshate Hotel

Peermont Metcourt Hotel and Casino 

Type: Accommodation

Website: http://www.thabamoshate.co.za/

We were lucky enough to win a 2 night stay at this luxury Hotel and Casino in Burgersfort. We chose the long weekend to spoil ourselves and rode through Friday morning. It was a 3 and a half hour ride through Emalahleni, Middelburg, Steelpoort and finally onto Burgersfort.

On arrival we were pleasantly surprised at this little piece of luxury situated just on the outskirts of the main town, far enough out to be away from the city, but close enough for the convenience of dropping in at the shops for a bottle of wine.

Rooms are comfortable with mood lighting, large screen TV and all the necessities like hairdryer, safe and a coffee station in the room. The restaurant offers buffet and al a carte menu options and there is more than enough variety and choice to delight your fancy.

We took a ride out to Dullstroom passing through Lydenburg on Saturday, this was an hour and a half ride out through the Waterfall pass. Parts of the road were very bad with huge potholes on a stretch of road, but the most beautiful scenery riding through the mountains.

We had waffles at The Waffle Co and a walk through Dullstroom to the various arts and crafts shops, this was a great day out. The ride back seemed shorter than going there, because we went on the highway going back so the roads were better.

Saturday afternoon we watched the rugby SA vs France in the 2nd test and then turned in for an early night, watching movies with popcorn and a bottle of red wine.

Sunday (Fathers Day) it was time to pack up and head back home.

Harvard Cafe

At Rand Airport 

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.harvardcafe.co.za/

We visited Harvard Cafe this morning on our breakfast run and enjoyed the warm gas heaters in the venue. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with live music provided by Jimmy the resident musician.

The buffet breakfast is reasonable at R89 per person and tasty. They offer a comprehensive menu including burgers, pizza’s fresh from their pizza ovens and a great steak. Enjoy sundowners or try their craft beers while light aircraft fly overhead.

There is seating inside and outside with tables close to the runway. There is a children section whereby children can play on a jungle gym whilst the parents enjoy their experience at Harvard Café.

Just around the corner is the South African Airways Museum for just R35 per adult, this is a great little piece of South African history.

Cafe Hemingway’s

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.cafehemingways.co.za/

We visited this absolutely amazing restaurant and bistro at Kyalami Downs centre. If you are looking for an exquisite dining experience with an international chef, attention to detail and fantastic service. You need to try this one at least once… but having visited it once you are sure to return again and again.

Cafe Hemingways 2Gavin the manager is personally involved and moves around from table to table making guests feel welcome and well attended to. We came through for a breakfast but was served an experience, everything was freshly made, and tasted perfect.

The attention to detail, with homemade jam, nuts in the little cookie with your cappuccino, soft butter with your toast and soft music in the background makes for a most relaxing morning.

They also serve a high tea with the most amazing cakes, pastries and delicacies that will keep you coming back for more. The secret room hidden behind an old bookcase can be hired out for special functions and seats up to 12 people comfortably for a private dining experience.

Cafe Hemingways 3


Family restaurant in Melville

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.bambanani.biz/

We visited Melville, 4th avenue this morning and found this amazing family restaurant that offers a great child minding service whilst mom and dad enjoy a peaceful meal around the fireplace. There is a huge play jungle gym in the back of the restaurant and a great outdoor deck and garden area, or you can sit inside in one of the many nooks and cranny’s.

We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast here and the food was fresh, tasty and appetizing. Staff were extremely friendly and we noticed all staff were focused on the children and making the children feel safe in a fun environment.

We would definitely recommend this restaurant and come back for a second visit.

Espresso Caffe Bistro

In Parkhurst

Type: Restaurant

We have tried something different this week and found this awesome European style cafe along 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. It has a great vibe, great food and friendly staff.

There are a number of small boutique style shops, cafes, bistro’s, pubs and restaurants along this short stretch of road, giving it character and unique atmosphere. People walking their dogs stop by for a drink before continuing on their journey.

A great place for a breakfast or light lunch and supper in the early evening.