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“One of a kind”
Review of The Cuckoo tree

The Cuckoo tree
Ranked #8 of 112 Restaurants in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. Had it not been we would not have come across it. Seating only ablout 30 people, it is an elegant and warm restaurant, run by a mother and her daughters. Lovely ambience, we noticed the others there looked like people "who know their food". An advanatage is you can take your own wine without corkage. Tastefully set tables. I would descibe the menu (dinner) as almost eclectic. Not large, but an emphasis on more unusual dishes, not the run-of-the-mill ones seen so often. We shares a double blue cheese souffle. Beautifully dopne, soft and featherlike and not too overpowering in terms of cheese. We each opted for the crispy duck - two generous portions and while crispy on the outside, the flesh was tender. Served with an orange and Van der Hum liqeur sause (the latter being a South African liqeur). it was served separately so as to prevent the duck becoming soggy. Vegertables just cooked - therefore crispy - without sugar added which is a disgusting South African habit. For dessdert we shared camembaert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Mmm. Afterwards sat out side - beautiful evening - drinking coffee and polishing off the last bit of wine. Were joined by Mum and daughters and ended up chatting for about another hour. I/we eat out a bit and travel a lot so have a pretty good idea of what is good and what is excellent. I would award 5 stars. If asked where my best dining experience was in the last year, I would have no hesitation whatsever nominating The Cuckoo Tree. Their telephone number: From outside South Africa: 00 28 3123430. From within: 028 3123430. They also serve teas, breakfast and lunch. And change the menu every now and then. Peter Francis Lakeside Cape Town South Africa
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“One of a kind”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Warm and friendly, you feel like you are part of the family. Whether you are on your own or in a group you feel pampered by this amazing mother and daughter team. And the food is always exceptional; wonderful use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Cuckoo Tree is highly recommended; the courtyard garden is alive with wild birds and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake or a glass of wine. Dinners are fun, delicious and entertaining.

Visited September 2013
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Great food ,great vibe....very funky...birds in the garden...very cool place.....great music,cool staff,country vibes,lots of parking ,great staff,fantastic owners,.......what can I say ...just a great eatery....very special place...also ,they do special functions....close to the sea...where you can go whale watching ,southern right whales,,right on your doorstep...great white shark diving,all very near bye...also close to FUNKY VIBES...for great whale thirst...cool music CDs ...African music "jazz reggae blues etc...go check this place out,it rocks...lots of other great things to offer in the area .....go there NOW...

  • Visited July 2013
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Knysna, South Africa
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“Beautiful Garden”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

If you want great cakes and coffees this is the place to be. For breakfast or light lunches also good value. Perfect for an evening out - romantic or with friends. Good food all the time

  • Visited September 2012
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

This is our second time of visiting. We found the restaurant quite by chance last year on our travels in SA. Our meal again was excellent with very good service. The restaurant is tucked away a little bit but well worth finding and booking a meal here - you will thoroughly enjoy it as well as the nice atmosphere. We shall certainly be back next February.

  • Visited February 2013
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 29 March 2013 via mobile

Easily missed as it is nestled away away from the main road, definitely worth a visit. Always a warm welcome from the friendly owners, and a lovely, shaded, small courtyard garden. The menu is small but there is usually a special on in addition, regardless the food is always freshly prepared and tasty. The kebabs were superb and the liver was cooked to perfection, even the side salads were a treat.

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