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“Great food, perfectly cooked” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of De Companjie

De Companjie
Ranked #7 of 36 Restaurants in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$18
Cuisines: African, International, Grill, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Situated in the picturesque town of Swellendam, a national heritage building dating back to 1834 is the venue of our ownermanaged cafe-styled restaurant producing fine local cuisine. Locally produced quality ingredients are used along our free range beef and venison from our Kalahari farm that is our flagship. Enjoy homemade cocktails, local boutique wines and finely prepared meals on our stoep this summer whilst soaking up the best of country life. Enjoy a fine glass of bubbly or cocktail with a cheese platter in our Secret Courtyard Hibiscus Bar.
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food, perfectly cooked”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

You wouldn't guess from the outside, but the food here is delicious. We had Kudu which was so tender. Since had it elsewhere when it was like chewing leather, so these guys clearly know what they're doing. Lovely and cosy with a blazing fire on a chilly night, and attentive service. No wine list as such (no licence) but a choice of decent wine for a donation to a local charity. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Quaint little restaurant on the main road in Swellendam, Small menu but very nice food and great service.

Visited May 2014
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Seaford, United Kingdom
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288 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“Why do South African Chefs not listen?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended and we applaud the support of a local charity through the wine donations. We even went to the Ashton vineyard the next day to buy more. However our experience was spoilt by my partner being served a steak that was raw in the middle when he asked for well done. He could only eat round the edges.

Visited March 2014
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Maidenhead, Berkshire
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Vintage Decor with Good Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

de Companjie has its own individual style with vintage décor set in a historic house. They have their own farm so meat is locally sourced. They have a small menu but a good choice and you know that dishes are homemade (I never trust a place if it has a huge menu!!). We were looked after by Agnes and her assistant waiter.

The restaurant also runs a charity scheme. There is a standard charge for a bottle of 165 Rand (approx £10) from the wine selection and all the money goes to a charity Adaliah Care – a Swellendam charity for abandoned babies. Agnes went into detail about how the charity was set up and how it is run. Great idea. Would definitely recommend.

Visited April 2014
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Exeter
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Dinner at De Companje”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

This was the best meal we had on our three week trip in South Africa. A really pleasant evening in an old house in Swellendam. The food was excellent - original and very tasty. Our host was helpful and accommodating. Despite the fact there was no alcohol licence we were able to order a good white wine (profits went to a local charity).thoroughly recommended by all three of us.

  • Visited April 2014
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