Boere chic meets traditional African cuisine at this bistro-style restaurant in Pretoria. The name is a clever play on words chosen by owners Frikkie and Rikkie Marais. Together they have designed Bistrot BOER’geoisie to make you feel as if you’ve stepped back 50 years in time to an old-fashioned South African countryside venue.
The restaurant has a fascinating collection of South African memorabilia. The menu is traditionally South Africa. Recommended starters include the biltong and the snoek pate; ostrich, warthog and springbok skewers, and creamy calamari. Popular mains are the venison pies and bobotie (a spicy curry mince dish topped with a savoury custard) or you could try one of the potjies, traditional stews and casseroles, cooked in heavy earthenware pots and served with Karoo dumplings. They also do a simple fillet steak, grilled to perfection. All main courses are accompanied by vegetables of the day and a wide array of sides – chips, samp, wheat, rice, pap or mashed potato.
And after the scrumptious main courses, finish your meal with a cream cheese melktert (milk tart), a delicious variation on this traditional dessert ideally served with a classic wine from their available list. The menu, paired with the atmosphere at Bistrot BOER’geoisie, is the reason why the restaurant has such a loyal following. If visiting the city of Tshwane in the day you should definitely stop over for lunch at Bistrot BOER’geoisie. Ask to be seated outside in the garden area.
Open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm, Sunday from 12pm to 3pm.