Wednesday, 12 June 2013


Last Wednesday evening my cousin and his sweet wife took us all out to dinner.  They live about half an hour away from the tiny town with a big name Groot Brak and were about half an hour away too, so it made sense to meet in Groot Brak.

We went to a restaurant called the Trankaroo.  The restaurant is housed in the old Great Brak River Station.  It overlooks the river mouth as well as the Indian Ocean. The restaurant itself looks very fancy but the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable.  The casual setting embraces the rustic wooden floor, paneled walls and blackboard menu’s.

Only the freshest ingredients are used by Chef Stefan Jamneck (I googled him) and are complimented with some wonderful local wines. 

The fresh fish is amazing as is the oxtail that fall from the bone in perfect tender pieces but our table was divided between what is the restaurants signature dish and one of the dishes which put it on the map (so our waiter told us).  The fantastic lamb neck roulade which is cooked in a low heat for over five hours and the heavenly slow roasted pork belly…..with crackling!!!

We ordered three starters which our table shared and I can recommend the skilpaatjies, the carpaccio and the unforgettable snails in blue cheese. For dessert (those who had room left) had death by chocolate while others had ice cream with a hot berry sauce.

The service was wonderful and the attention to detail made the evening truly a special one.  

If you happen to be passing through Groot Brak take some time to visit this special restaurant. Relax, pour a glass of wine and who knows, as one critic said….you may just see a train pass by!!!

Iphone pic

The pork belly was superb....Iphone pic

I did not take my camera with so I have sourced the photos from  the internet except for the last two.

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