Fodor's Expert Review Geelbek Restaurant

$$ Langebaan South African

Passionate about food and history, Elmarie Leonard created this restaurant to preserve the area's fast-disappearing old recipes. It's her way of paying homage to the different nationalities that helped shape the West Coast. The restaurant is in an old homestead dating to 1761, when it served as an outpost for people making the hard trip inland. Today the trip is a lot easier, but diners are still thrilled to tuck into Geelbek's fragrant Malay chicken curry and traditional bobotie. Every month the menu is planned around the ingredients, herbs, and fresh produce of the area. Geelbek is the only restaurant on the West Coast that serves denningsvleis, a Cape Malay lamb stew flavored with tamarind, which is a South African institution. The West Coast battered hake and calamari, golden french fries, and tartar sauce is a classic. This is also a great place for tea. The lemon-meringue pie stands a mile high, and the chocolate cake is delicious. You can sit in the garden or on the veranda and watch the weaver birds go crazy in the nearby trees.

South African Casual Lunch Dessert $$ Family

Quick Facts

Langebaan, Western Cape  7357, South Africa

022-772–2134

Known For:
  • Historical setting
  • Denningsvleis, a Cape Malay lamb stew
  • Afternoon tea
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No dinner

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