Silver Orange Bistro! What a surprise! The word “bistro” mostly refers to a small eatery that serves simple food, but in this case, it’s a small place that packs a huge punch. Silver Orange Bistro found its feet in the early 2000’s and is situated in the Hartebeespoortdam region just a 30 minute drive from the capital Pretoria or a 50 minute drive from Johannesburg. Nestled in between the bushveld and orchards (yes you read right) surroundings, you almost feel like you have just arrived at your mini holiday.
The setting is very laid back and relaxed, and with adequate seating that offers you inside and outside dining, you can take your pick where to enjoy your meal. One thing is certain, please book before you drive all the way out to Hartebeespoortdam as Silver Orange Bistro is quite popular and you don’t want to be turned away on arrival. (so be clever – BOOK!).
They have a lovely menu that offers you culinary delights with European and African influences. Be sure to ask them about their special offerings. My favourite? I enjoyed their Pork Belly with Balsamic Mash potatoes and roast peppers and aubergine. It was well prepared and executive chef Leon Nel sure knows how to balance his flavours and marrying your palate to visual presentation. Please visit Silver Orange Bistro’s website, to see what their standard menu offers. Take note that they updated their menu, so you might find more items when you open their menu on arrival.
Now for the Almost part…. (yes, you thought I was going to be impolite?) Almost Orange is just a short walk or rather stroll down the orchards just beyond the Bistro. You are greeted by a scene I can swear is straight out of Tuscany! Platters, Tapas and premium drinks your thing? Then this is the place for you. Where the Bistro offers you a great setting that suits families and individuals alike, Almost Orange caters more for adult patrons and children under 16 is not allowed. Once again, book your spot well in advance.
So! If you find yourself looking for an adventure outside the hustle and bustle of the city perimeter, then jump in your wagon and take a drive to Harties and experience a wide selection of Gin, MCC, craft beer, wine, etc while enjoying superb food. Well done Silver Orange Bistro and Almost Orange, this was an excellent experience.
Ok, so what about my YES, NO & MAYBE? Here goes:
YES – They offer a unique experience, good food and well rounded relaxed dining with a killer (and award-winning wine list).
NO – The service was a bit slow to my liking, but as always, when the food is good, I’ll tolerate some ‘slowness’ to my experience.
MAYBE – It gets quite hot during the summer season, so if you find the heat unbearable, please book your spot inside. The road to Silver Orange Bistro is not in good condition and maybe you should take it slow driving there, you don’t want to ‘not arrive’ at your reservation and leave a bit earlier.
All an all, I was impressed, they will most certainly see me again. Well done Silver Orange team! Itsfoodoo likes you a lot, no, we love you!