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“South African comfort food on the Cape?”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Karoo Restaurant

Karoo Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 28 Restaurants in Eastham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Karoo Restaurant is inspired by the diversity of British, Dutch, African, Malaysian, Portuguese and Indian flavors that make up the delicious dishes of Chef Sanette Groenewald's South African homeland. Our eclectic menu ranges from VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, and Gluten free options to homemade burgers, fish & chips, native stews and exotic meats. We carry a wide assortment South African wines and unusual imported beers from all over the world. As always our entire menu is available for dine-in or take-out.
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“South African comfort food on the Cape?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

One thing about the Cape is that it never changes. Same weatherbeaten motels, same clam shacks, same lobster joints. You got your Egg and I, your Pop n Kork, your Poit's, your Arnold's, your Lobster Pot. So, how does a South African restaurant end up in Eastham? Who knows, but Karoo is a great addition to the Cape culinary scene. Karoo serves South African comfort food in a lively, friendly atmosphere. Obviously the decor is African. The menu is fascinating -- there's even a detailed explanation of various terms (i.e. there are no actual monkeys in the monkey sauce.) We had drinks at the bar. For dinner, my wife started with carrot/pumpkin/peanut soup, which was wonderful. There are tons of appetizers on the menu and you can get a ``poo-poo platter'' type combo of various Samosas, falafel balls, etc. I had a couple of Samosas, which were great. The menu also has a bunch of clearly marked vegetarian, vegan, gluten free items. I ordered bobotie (curried meat loaf over rice with chutney). It was hearty, delicious and puts my meat loaf to shame. My wife had salmon cakes, which were also excellent, and we had plenty left over to take home for later. Of course, we did find room for dessert -- a decadent chocolate cake with a caramel interior. All in all, a great, filling meal, not too expensive. Avoided another Cape dinner of fried clams and onion rings. And my wife even managed to buy a bracelet of elephant hair. (anytime she can buy a bracelet, the restaurant goes up a couple of notches in her estimation.)

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“Very pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

We arrived in Eastham after a drive up from Lake Winnipesake, (more on the lake another time), we were advised by bed and breakfast hosts of a number of eateries, driving up highway 6 we fell across Karoo.

What a lovely place, the atmosphere staff and ambiance could not be faulted, our server Katherine was friendly helpful and a joy to engage with. Upon enquiring what she would recommend my wife opted Bobotie (beef) luscious moist and full of flavour, I was somewhat disappointed as that was my dish of choice, however I quickly opted for Curried Lamb Stew brilliant a touch of heat but just the right amount of seasoning.

HIGHLY recommended in a land of overwhelming choice this is a restaurant that should not be overlooked !

  • Visited August 2014
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“Delicious and interesting cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

We were excited to try Karoo, as South African cuisine isn't something that we've come by in our local community. The atmosphere is great, with a combination of friendly staff, lively patrons, and beautiful decor. Our first meal was so wonderful (especially with the option to dine on the outdoor patio) that we went back again before our trip was over. Some of the dishes we tried were the falafel (creamier on the inside than I've had but very tasty), the Bobotie (tofu version - excellent comfort food), the West African peanut soup (amazing flavors!), the Cape Malay stew (tofu version - great amount of spice and so yummy that I bought the stew base from their little gift shop), and the turmeric rice (some of the most flavorful rice I've ever had).

Filling portions, great service, ample parking, and (most importantly) delicious and inventive cuisine. We'll be back!

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“Great alternative to traditional Cape food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Have been there two years in a row now and Karoo has been consistently very good. Great S African dishes, nice atmosphere and the service was very good. Our waitperson was very well informed of the menu. The vegetarian dishes are great and there are many options in that area. Had the bobotie one trip and the elk burger most recently. All very good.

Visited August 2014
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“The Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Amazing food and atmosphere, really nice staff, very different and unique. A nice break from all the other food on the Cape. A must, reasonably priced. Cant wait to go back!!

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