Report on Time Out Outing to: KNUS KAROO KOMBUIS Thursday 30th May 2019
Paarl was our destination of choice today. We went on a voyage of discovery, visiting an old favourite – Fairview Wine and Cheeseand discovered two new gems well worthy of a return visit- Roses Confectionery & Knus Karoo Kombuis.
On arrival at Fairview many went for the wine and cheese option – you get to taste 5 wines and 5 of their popular cheeses! All in a fabulous atmosphere – conducive to make you head for the cheese shop or wine shop and make sure you ‘take home’ your favourites!
Their cheeses are displayed and for just R20 you can make sure you don’t purchase cheese you don’t like! They have a full range of jams, chutneys, and a host of other delicious things to try. You can even buy biscuits and ready-made packs of cheese and biscuits to take and have a picnic lunch in the Winelands!
We then headed into downtown Paarl and to a relatively new Factory shop called Roses Confectionery – they make delicious nougat, Turkish delight and the group of ladies were overjoyed and looked like ‘children in a sweet shop’!
“Hey, try this” “Look they have almond nougat – my absolute favourite” – the till rang merrily, and the two assistants had broad grins on their faces – even came to the door as the coach left to wave us all goodbye! Monthly target reached in a ½ hour!!
Next stop was the Knus Karoo Kombuis on the way up to the Paarl Taal monument. Two sisters who hail from the Karoo have turned this heritage building into a very special place. They serve predominately Karoo type food – Roosterkoek featuring served with Biltong – a hit was the mini Roosterkoek with slowly roasted bone marrow. Bone Marrow was not served years ago –(mainly used in soup) – but it is oh so healthy for you, and now considered a delicacy!
A very happy atmosphere we all had occupying the main restaurant entirely! Knus (Cozy) Karoo Kombuis will have many of the group returning to again when in Paarl. They had lit their fire, but as the bodies warmed up it became TOO hot in the restaurant, and windows and doors were flung open!
A comment was made that generally tour groups go to museums when visiting a town, but the Time Out group are at their happiest when discovering Foodie places. The look of glee when they return to the coach and discuss what they have ‘found at these gem Foodie places in Paarl, made for a very interesting, happy day out in the country!
One cannot think well, love well or sleep well, if one has not dined well.