I recently went on a weekend getaway (I prefer to call it a city detox) to Hermanus. This has been my second visit to this gem of a town. The first time I just had this amazing cocktail lunch overlooking the ocean but promised myself to visit again and explore….
Hermanus is mostly known for whale watching….but the whale season begins only later in the year. However, there’s plenty to explore and mostly it’s good for a quiet relaxed weekend away from the city buzz. The small town has no shortage of coffee shops, restaurants and some interesting boutique shops. Amongst the interesting range of restaurants one that caught my attention is Annie se Kombuis….A traditional South African food restaurant.
Situated in Warrington Place along harbour road, this cosy farmstyle restaurant is the brainchild of former owner, Anita Theron. It’s been specialising in South African favourites such as bobotie, smoorsnoek, , oxtail, offal (I can go on an on) since its opening 12 years ago.
Rita, who has been managing the place for 11 years, took me through the history of the restaurant. In December of 2011, the restaurant has been bought by new owners and fortunately for us they are still keeping with Annie’s theme.
As someone who grew up on a farm I just felt at home inside the restaurant, especially at seeing the vintage furnishings and décor. What caught my attention the most was the old coal stove at the corner of the restaurant. I asked Rita if it still works. She replied “It works very well. It keeps this place very warm in winter”. Portraits of Annie and her family adorn the walls of the restaurant.
There’s so much to order from the menu, from soups, mains to desserts. Or you can order the Tasting Platter, which comprises a bit of everything. According to Rita, it’s the favourite item on the menu. There are some interesting local items on the menu but I secretly hope that the new owners will add a few indigenous dishes to it. So, next time you visit Hermanus, make a turn and enjoy local cuisine at Annie se Kombuis!