Tredici Restaurant and Delicatessen, Swellendam
After a half dozen years serving up gastronomic delights in London, NC and Wilma Bekker felt it was time to return home. Although Tredici can compete with the best of the best anywhere, family consensus was that they did not just want to swap one city for another. So, Cape Town’s loss turned out to be Swellendam’s gain.
A first glance at the menu tells you that NC is serious about his food. From crumpets with grilled bacon and banana smothered in (real) maple syrup and pecan nut pieces, or slow cooked oats with a stewed fruit compote and toasted almond slivers for breakfast, to a range of gourmet salads, pizzas, pastas and risottos on the main menu, you will be spoilt for choice.
It is a little disorienting finding a restaurant of this calibre on the main thoroughfare between the Cape and the Garden Route, especially after years of filling up on more traditional fare. And the attention to detail is pleasing – even the dogs get served their water in a cast iron bowl. To round off the package, the view over the mountains from the outside terrace will lure you to stay longer, and there is a small sand pit to keep the little ones out of your hair so that even ragged parents too can sit back and soothe their frayed nerves, if only for a few moments.
Trading hours: 07h00 – 18h00, closed on Tuesdays.
+27 28 514 2216