Beleef Restaurant can’t wait to take locals and tourists on a true “boerekos belewenis” (boerekos experience).
Headed by chef Herman Steyn, Beleef offers traditional South African fare with a brand new outlook on “boerekos”!
Inspired by the likes of old South African stalwarts from people like S.J.A de Villiers of Leipoldt’s fame, and of course his parents who were both brilliant, no -nonsense cooks and according to Herman, the pioneers of the original “farm to fork” concept and a “waste nothing” attitude!
Herman’s passion for traditional South African food was born out of these, his childhood memories which almost all involved food. From ouma and oupa to mom and dad and remembering the first time he made an egg when he was just six years old.
Making Franschhoek his home in 2009 and being executive chef of the Traumerei group, Herman fell in love with the quaint village and dreamed of owning his own restaurant here. After a stint on a game farm in the Free State, he returned to Franschhoek in 2015 where Café Franschhoek with Leo and Ilsje de Beer became his home for the next few years. Herman looks back at the experience with fond memories and still names Café Franschhoek as his favourite spot for “coffee and brekkie in town.”
The name Beleef means “experience” in Dutch and Afrikaans and it is his vision of a genuine “oumas kitchen” that Herman wants to bring to life from his kitchen. Expect dishes like smoorsnoek, melktert, pampoenkoekies all with a unique twist and Herman’s signature surprises.
Strictly seasonal and “farm to fork” with unique South African hospitality at its very best!
Die lewe is ‘n pampoen koekie in kaneel! (Life is like a pumpkin fritter in cinnamon!)
Come in and Beleef!