By BRUCE DENNILL
Lekker Bistro, 60 Bree Street, Parys.
Carte: The menu’s written out on a chalkboard, which is brought to your table and balanced on a chair. The basics – chicken, steak, fish – but prepared with equal parts imagination and sumptuousness and referred to in-house as “hartskos” (“heart food”).
Smart: Inside – elegance and warm red brick with a lovely fireplace. Outside – relaxed and shady, with a view of the treasures of the adjacent antiques store.
Heart: Hosts Jackie Olivier and Leanne McNaught are hospitality personified. There is warmth. There is humour. And there is shameless, charming pushing of dishes, courses and titbits you haven’t yet sampled.
Flavour: The steak roll with potato wedges. An almost clichéd idea, but extravagantly tasty and tender; the meat daubed in delicious sauces and accoutrements so fresh you can almost hear the keening in the vegetable patch.
Savour: Genuine generosity in all senses – this is a place where you will feel welcome on arrival and satisfied on departure.