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Geelbek Restaurant

  • South African

Known for

  • Historical setting
  • Denningsvleis, a Cape Malay lamb stew
  • Afternoon tea

Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Passionate about food and history, Elmarie Leonard created this restaurant to preserve the area's fast-disappearing old recipes like 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. The restaurant is in an old homestead dating to 1761, when it served as an outpost for people making the hard trip inland.

Restaurant Information


West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape, 7357, South Africa



Restaurant Details:

  • No dinner

Published 05/20/2009


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