SUNDAY TIMES - How the new Bosjes Kombuis restaurant is putting the Breede River Valley on the map
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Sunday Times Food By Roberta Thatcher, 2017-03-19 00:00:00.0

How the new Bosjes Kombuis restaurant is putting the Breede River Valley on the map

Day to day, executive chef Kim Cox is at the helm of the restaurant, bringing to Bosjes Kombuis her obsession with locally sourced ingredients - and her popular homemade ice creams.
Image: Adam Letch

There are no smears, nipples or foams at this new farmhouse restaurant - just the kind of fresh goodness you're dreaming of when you drive into the country, prepared with heart

Beautiful as it may be, the Breede River Valley between Worcester and Ceres is somewhat off the map for many South Africans, a fact that the Stofberg family is looking to change - and fast.

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Having owned the Bosjes protea and fruit farm since the 1800s, the Stofbergs have recently developed it, adding to the 18th-century Cape Dutch manor house an avant-garde, glass-walled chapel, and a slick yet understated contemporary building that houses the newly opened Bosjes Kombuis restaurant.

Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood, consultant chef for the project, said: "We wanted the name to reflect a farmhouse-kitchen-style restaurant. It's not modern fine dining, it's more the kind of place you'd expect to find while driving through the country."

To this end, the team opted for a small menu, which they're set to change on a regular basis. "We only have five starters, five or six mains and four desserts," said Goffe-Wood. "That way we can keep it interesting and guarantee everything is fresh."

Farm produce is incorporated into the menu where possible and the restaurant team make their own breads and pickles.

One of Goffe-Wood's favourite offerings on the menu is the Bosjes platter, which is packed with baked breads, chicken liver parfait, pickled vegetables and cured meats. "You won't find any fussy plating here - no smears, nipples or foams - just honest food prepared with heart," he said. "It's as close to home cooking as you can get, but considerably more refined."

The farmhouse-kitchen-style restaurant opts for a small menu, which they're set to change on a regular basis. Image: Adam Letch

Breede River Valley between Worcester and Ceres is somewhat off the map. Image: Adam Letch

Bosjes Kombuis is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch. Bosjes.co.za