Not that Stellenbosch would not have enough Restaurants, there are actually too many bad ones.* With this new one in Dorp Street new hopes are raised to have one more good food place added to the mere fistful of places worth visiting. Casparus Restaurant is the brain child of two artists, Etienne Bonthuys and Strijdom van der Merwe – Etienne a legend in his own time and for good reasons and Strijdom an internationally known quantity on the land art scene. Both together would make for interesting entertainment in an environment designed and executed by them hand in hand with Slee Architecture and Interiors of 101 Dorp Street. Etienne says: “This is actually a show room for Strijdom that happens to have a kitchen at the back.” How is that for modesty.
The menu elegantly brief and humanely priced.
* You were asking for a definition of a bad and a good restaurant? A bad restaurant: indifferent food – indifferent service – high prices, whereas a good restaurant is run by people who honour food and respect their customers – simple, isn’t it? Add to that a stimulating and liberating architectural environment and you have the basic ingredients for truly good dining.
We will definitely try it.
Colleen & Walter
Betty’s Bay, Wednesday 23 March, 2011