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“Out in the open”

Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij
Ranked #7 of 17 Restaurants in Magaliesburg
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Magaliesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Out in the open”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

The cheese farm is a cheese farm. It isn't pretentious and offers tables out in the lovely fresh air with salads and cheese dishes. It isn't a steakhouse, and you won't get the steak or burger fare here. Breakfasts and lunchtime salads are what you would have to expect. It has African ambiance.There are trees to sit under and the African sun is normally on offer. But it is a cheese factory, with a deli, and eating place tacked on. Don't go, if you are expecting cordon bleu. It isn't that sort of place. But I've visited on a number of occasions, I've taken friends there, I've bought cheeses, and I'll go back. Why! Well the salads are great, the servings are fair and the place is friendly. And it has the normal S.A. beers available, if you want one.

  • Visited November 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Disappointing visit”
Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

Beautiful setting,traveled a long distance to experience this. Restaurant a waste of time, service terrible and menu non existent shop expensive and no service either

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Thank Patrick L
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Awful breakfast”
Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Van Gaalen's has many positive points including the cheese factory, beautiful location and the free cycle trails.
I think for a mountain biker the food and restaurant are probably a blessing.

However don't go with family for breakfast expecting too much.

We arrived on a Saturday morning just as they were opening. Staff were uninterested and the service was poor for the whole meal. I had to chase the waiter on several occasions and eventually asked the manager to help.

The food was terrible and looked like it was cooked by someone who was not a chef. It was unappetizing and bland.Eggs were hard and over cooked and none came as ordered. Toast arrived after the meal.

Coffee was cold and milk tasted like long life milk.

I was embarrassed to take guests there.

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Centurion, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cheese and more Cheese”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

A restful place to sit and enjoy a bite and a hot cuppa coffee.

The farm is abundant with sheep, geese, pot-bellied pigs, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, cats, varied bird-life and the like.

The cheese on offer titillates the palate beyond imagination.

We enjoyed just sitting around relaxing to the max.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Filipe N
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“We found a cheese shop instead of a cheese farm”
Reviewed 31 March 2013 via mobile

Quaint little shop with tasty delights from Holland. Staff in-store seem obscure.
Not as hygienic as one would expect. Could be the goats grazing near by. Restaurant seems to be a work in progress.

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Thank Blissful_Voyager
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