Finding sneaky moments in between the madness of raising kids to enjoy some quiet time with the hubs is always high on my priority list. I think it can be so easy to get caught up in the everyday mundane tasks, that we forget how important it is to connect with our partners.

Unless we plan a Date Night on the weekend, they are usually filled with loads of admin and family activities and yes, at least one party somewhere in the mix.

So sneaking off for a little weekday lunch date with my guy two weeks ago was a welcomed treat. I had been invited to the the new Skotnes Restaurant and Bar at the Norval Foundation in Steenberg and I thought what better way to experience this amazing place than with my main guy. This place is magical guys and as much as they do cater for kids, I can’t tell you how happy I was to be alone in this majestic space without three little people demanding something from me. We sat outside which meant we got to soak up the glorious view while catching up over good food.

As usual I think it’s best to take you through what we ate, you know, just to get your mouth watering before you book your table at this incredible spot.

For starters we chose the Grilled calamari, crispy tentacles, sweetcorn mieliepap, chakalaka and radish as well as the Linefishh crudo, Avocado, lemon atchar, tahini and cucumber. YUM!!!

For main Brendon ordered the Free range beef ribeye, bone marrow, parsley pesto, amabutho and tomato braaibroodjie. The steak was cooked beautifully and didn’t disappoint my meat-eater of a husband. I chose the Peri-peri Linefish Tacos which were just so yum I didn’t want to share. 🙂 They were served with maas coleslaw, avo and spicy cucumber salsa. I cannot tell you how tasty this dish was and woke up dreaming about it the next day!

We also enjoyed some fire roasted sweet potato, feta, spring onion and coriander AND their sauteèd winter greens with crispy onions on the side because YOLO!!! These sides were both exceptional but my fave had to be the sweet potato dish.

Dessert was next level and again we shared… although we all know that sharing dessert shouldn’t actually be allowed. 🙂

This was their Chocolate Lamington and smoked chocolate ice-cream. (Top) And their Roasted naartjie,  marmalade caramel, burnt honey and macadamia ice-cream.(bottom) Have you ever??

All these dishes were prepared and created by talented Executive Chef Phil de Villiers. De Villiers previously led the Primal Eatery, which was named Eat Out’s Best Steakhouse of 2017. So its no surprise this guy knows what he’s doing!

We had tried both their house red and house white wine, which is made especially for them and let me tell you something… It as delicious!! All round it was a delicious meal in one of the most beautiful settings and we were simply blown away by the stillness and tranquility of these surroundings.

Want to know more about the Norval Foundation and what they offer? Go check out their website for a full run down of all their offerings including fun art activities for kids, exhibitions, concerts and more! If it’s just the good food you want to experience then head straight here. Or for bookings of 8 or more, contact: +27 87 654 5902 /

*Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to experience this food experience. Although I was given the this experience free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.


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