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“Delicious lunch in a relaxed courtyard setting”
Review of The Cuckoo Tree

The Cuckoo Tree
Ranked #2 of 126 Restaurants in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. It is an intimate, family run restaurant with a lovely garden, hustling with birds, serving fresh and "soulfood" meals. This "Hidden Gem" is frequented by locals, which is always a good sign when eating out, especially in a foreign country. They are open for breakfast, lunch (Mon-Sat) and dinners (Fri&Sat). The restaurant is also available for private functions of about 30 people and have interesting menu options. Cuckoo Tree is fully licensed, with a reasonable wine list. We recommend booking ahead of time to not be disappointed of not been able to get a table.
Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is a really great laid back little restaurant that is set back from the shopping streets and offers a diverse and interesting menu. I had mussels which were cooked in a tasty white wine sauce which everyone else wanted to finish off for me and my husband had 'pap en vleis' which arrived in an artful stack on his plate! This is good value quality food and although there is no sea view, you really don't miss it and you can always go for a sea stroll after lunch! This is the kind of spot that the locals keep going back to and so will we.

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Reviewed March 15, 2011

My wife and I went to the Cuckoo Tree on the recommendation of her boss. it seats about 30 people, so is pretty intimate which gives it a warm ambience. no corkage is charged, a big bonus these days with dining out costing enough as it is. Run by a mother and her daughters and a friend, they are charming and warm hosts. The other diners were smartly dressed - unlike the riff-raff so many restaurants allow on their premises. So they were "used to something". The menu is not huge - so quality exists as opposed to quantity. I would describe it as slightly eclectic. We shares a double baked blue cheese souffle. It rose beautifully. Was soft and creamy-like on the pallet, but not over-powering. I hoped my wife would choose another dish as her mains, so I could try hers, but this was, alas, not to be. We each had the crispy duck with an orange and Van der Hum sauce (the latter being a South African liqeur). The sauce was served separately so as not too render the crispy duck soggy. Crispy skin, succulent flesh. Vegetables just done - and no sugar added (an awful South African custom). With choice of three starch. I ate slowly to make it last. Delicious? Come on! Followed by camembert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Perfect end. Joined owner and her two girls outside for expressos and jasmine tea where a further hour was spent and more juice of the vine consumed. We are not novice diners. We also travel. this was the best meal I have had out in the last 12 months. They also do breakfasts, lunch and tea. Will leave this for another day.
Peter Francis
Lakeside
Cape Town

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