Diesel & Crème and the Lady in Red on Route 62

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Diesel & Crème Photo credit: D&C Facebook page

A shiny Harley Davidson stands guard on the stoep, keeping watch over the unmatched tables and chairs seating a clientele who seems even more mismatched; bikers and tannies enroute to Oudtshoorn for the KKNK.20140331_154143

We stopped by the newly opened Diesel & Crème last week on our way down Route 62. In December we got a quick tour of the earlier stages of the project on our first visit to Barrydale. Though not as open and airy as we thought it would be (a kitchen was added on since we were last there), it’s a quirky stopover to stretch one’s legs. On second thought quirky is not an adequate word to describe the over the top vintage bomb that exploded in Diesel & Crème. Anyone even mildly interested in vintage signs, coke memorabilia and petroliana will be foam at the mouth at proprietor Arthur’s extensive collection.Diesel & Creme

There is something childishly decadent about Diesel & Crème’s Lady in Red milkshake. I like milkshake, I love red velvet cake, why not mix ‘em together?! The effect is a wonderfully creamy shake with chunks of red velvet cake that won’t dare to get soggy. Quite pricey at R32 but totally worth it for anyone who scoffs at the thought of a plain strawberry milk any old Wimpy could make. 20140402_164437[1]And now for a confession, this is a sponsored post. Well, kind of… and anyone is interested my going rate is a packet of chips, 4 sweets and a lollipop. (I settled the bill myself). Before I start sounding like a fancy pants blogger (ha, all they get is designer sunglasses), let me explain. D&C rewards their customers who post pics of their experience on Twitter or Facebook with a lucky packet filled with the goodies mentioned above. Who said taking food pics was a waste of time?

Diesel & Crème
Address: Route 62 Barrydale
Contact: 028 572 1008

Kaai 4: A bite of Namaqualand with an ocean view

One of the first clues that Kaai 4 is not your typical seaside restaurant is the fact that their menu is limited to 2 seafood dishes. With its 180 degree view of the ocean it does not need to conform to anything. Like having waiters. Kaai4

Kaai 4 serves South African ‘braai cuisine’ in a down to earth fashion. All orders need to be placed at the bar and the menu ranges from R15 for roosterkoek and jam to R85 for the lamb braai pack with salad and bread. It’s comfort food and there’s lots of it, the portions are exceptionally generous. All the food is made outside on an open fire.

We discovered the ‘braai restaurant’ December last year when we tried to hit up the popular Sea Gypsy in Mossel Bay for a bite of calamari. Their parking lot was packed and the presence of a large tour bus had us driving as fast as the dusty road would allow us.  Kaai4

Last weekend we were back with a birthday boy we took hostage a few hours earlier. I went slightly off menu asking for 3 things: roosterkoek, jam and bacon. With a small substitution of biltong for the bacon I got my perfect sweet salt combo washed down with white wine in a blik beker. The Plus One once again ordered the lamb pot which lived up to its promise when he had it in December. The birthday boy had roosterkoek with a dry chicken sosatie, the only lacking item on our table. 1908269_10152318248833970_1208628539_n

On our first visit Kaai 4’s proprietor, a gritty Namaqualand oomie, was greatly bemused my hipster tendency of taking pics of everything including my food (I took them all for you dear reader). He moved between the wooden picnic-tables, regaling the clientele with funny stories and dirty jokes. Believe me, any old story is a million times more entertaining told by someone with a hard-core Namaqualand accent.

Contact: 079 980 3981
Address: Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour