On Sat I tried out the relatively new Tamboers Winkel in De Lorentz St, Tamboerskloof for a spot of breakfast.
It’s around the corner from Melissa’s and very close to Cafe Paradiso. If you’re heading up Kloof St, you’ll turn right into De Lorentz and it’s right there on your left.
They opened on the 2nd of June and owner Theo van Niekerk has been quoted in several features I could find online saying that he was trying to re-create the kitchen of his grandparents’ farm in Ficksburg – a place where he spent lots of time as a kid.
I think his vision was executed with perfection as that’s exactly the feel I got when I walked in. It’s a cosy, inviting & a truly beautiful space. Certainly somewhere you’d want to linger for as long as you can…
It’s small inside with limited seating, but I think that just adds to the charm really. There’s a big 10 seater wooden table in the middle of the room which encourages folks to come together and then there are some seats at the window and another small table to the side for those who prefer a bit more privacy.
They serve breakfast from 9am onwards which can be paired with a beautiful cup of Deluxe coffee. The breakfast menu which is written up on a blackboard and as I understand changes regularly based on what fresh ingredients they have on hand, had a little something for everybody. A fresh fruit breakfast option for those watching their winter “muffin tops” and totally indulgent filled croissants (think pear preserve & brie or berry compot & cream) for those who have decided to throw caution to the wind.
Both Bjorn and I opted for the Tamboers breakfast (R40) which consisted of a sweetcorn frittata served with grilled cherry tomatoes, bacon and herbs & drizzled with a balsamic reduction:
Then we also got a side order of freshly baked rye (R10) served with some of that yummy sounding pear preserve:
The food was amazing. That paired with the friendly service and beautiful decor had me totally hooked. I’m dying to go back and try their lunch which is served from 12pm. The lunch menu also changes regularly and I hear they make the most amazing free-range roast chicken pie as well as some kick ass salads, sandwiches & soups. But ja, homemade chicken pie… mmmmm… they’ve totally got me on that one. I’ve also read amazing things about their charcuterie and cheese boards which are served until 8pm.
Important to note is that they also serve as a deli. You can buy a rotisserie free range chicken for only R60 (available between 12 and 5pm), free range eggs at R13, a selection of freshly baked breads, berry & vanilla ice tea, charcuterie from 12 Pigs and cheese from Get Stuffed. They pride themselves in supporting fresh & local and they get major extra points in my book for doing so.
I would give Tamboers Winkel an all round on the Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale. They’ve definitely got a new “groupie” over here.
Opening times: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm, Sat and Sun 9am-4pm
Call them on: 021 424 0521
And of course, what’s a good chill spot without free wi-fi… they got you covered, so you can sit back & relax.