If you’re in Stellies, do pop in at the new Twaalf restaurant & bar

by Karisa

I don’t get out to Stellenbosch nearly as much as I’d like to… But every time I do manage to pop in, I’m taken aback by it’s absolute prettiness.

I love all the cute little shops, art galleries and eateries, and it almost feels like you’ve taken a slight step back in time to a more peaceful place.

So yeah, I think it’s safe to say, I heart Stellies.  This is exactly why I jumped at the opportunity to try out the brand new Twaalf restaurant & bar located in the Black Horse Centre on the corner of Mark Road and Dorp Street.

I got the invite from owners, Lizen and Lianti, who launched Twaalf on the 12th of August.  The name, which of course means “twelve” in Afrikaans, they say came about late one night during a “what if we had our own restaurant” dreaming session.  They realised that both their names start with a “L”, and “L” is the 12th letter of the alphabet. And just like that “Twaalf” was born.

Their menu (which you can checkout over here) covers local is lekker style breakfasts, like “Koffie en beskuit” or a hearty “Plaasontbyt”, then they also do big meaty platters to share, a few mains (which also includes their “Jou ma se bord kos” – a daily dish that’ll make you really miss your mom’s cooking), some tempting brunch items, and my favourite… braaibroodjies!  (A braai is just not a braai without one of these…)

As far as decor goes, I’d call it “lekker gesellig, met ‘n twist”.  It’s cool & casual, and most importantly right now, they also have a flatscreen to ensure you don’t miss any of the Rugby World Cup action.

Another cool thing I have to mention is their intern program where people from the local community are trained in all the different areas of the restaurant industry which then of course allows them to venture into the working world with some solid experience behind them.  I think they deserve a solid round of high 5s for that, don’t you think?  But it doesn’t just stop there.  They also do a “cup-a-life” coffee which customers can purchase to give a free cuppa to a homeless person of Stellenbosch. #LoveIt

Right, enough talking, let me show you around:

So what did I have? Well my partner in crime for the day was Dieter & we decided that we had to kick things off with a braaibroodjie (which we shared), then we went on to enjoy a bit of a brunch binge.

Went for the traditional – cheese, tomato & onion with some Mrs Balls – so yum! And can you believe that this plate, chips included, only costs R25!? That’s seriously good value if you ask me.

Then I went on a full carb fest and opted for the “Breakfast at 12” (R55) – it’s basically an eggs benedict served on roosterkoek… so rich, so bad for you bikini plans, but soooo good.

Dieter, who is way more health conscious than me, went for the 3 egg omelette which is a whopper at only R45.

I really loved the casual vibe of both the menu and the setting, and Lizen and Lianti are such cool humans with a lot of passion for great food and ensuring people have a good time.  Top tip:  do try the homemade goodies you’ll find on your table.  It’s so delicious, you’ll want to take a jar home.

I’m going to give Twaalf ‘n solid kiss4 on the  Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale, and then I’m also going to recommend that you stop by the next time you’re in the area.

They are open:

  • Monday-Friday: 8am-10pm
  • Saturday: 8am-10pm
  • Sunday: Closed

And you can contact them on 021 886 7077 or info@twaalf.co.za.

Baie dankie Lizen and Lianti, dit was sommer flippen lekker. 😉


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