There is a belief that if you kiss enough frogs, you will eventually find your prince. Many restaurants leave you disappointed after a visit. Out of pocket, out of patience, and out of Eno’s!!   The Lilly Pad restaurant at Anura Vineyards, between Paarl and Stellenbosch, however, is a prince of a find!

Family-run Anura Vineyards take their name from Paddabult, the frog-shaped hill which presides over the farm. The word “Anura” comes from the class of amphibian to which frogs belong. (Apparently meaning An (without) ura (tail)).

You, however, will not be without a tale if you visit this scenic and flavourful venue!

We called in there on a crisp winter’s day in July. The cosy ambiance of the restaurant, combined with the friendly and efficient service, complimented the delicious and well presented food. The restaurant flows between several areas, each with its own log fireplace, creating a relaxed, spacious setting.

Our menu choices ranged from seafood pasta to quail starters, and from kabeljou to kudu main courses, all served with flavourful accompaniments. The perfect size portions also allowed room for a tempting dessert - brie cheese cake, lemon crème brulee, chocolate fondant! All this was enjoyed with some of the excellent Anura wines.

One is left in no doubt about the excellence of the wines when visiting the tasting room. The walls are lined with the awards they have won. This is all the more commendable when you realise that they have only been bottling under their own label for the past 10 years!

Anura is also home to Forest Hill Cheesery, and visitors are invited to enjoy cheese tasting as well as wine tasting at R25 per head for either, or R40 per head for both. A new culinary project is in the pipeline which involves artisanal smoked meats, and visitors will soon be able to purchase these there as well.

The Bouma family bought the farm in 1990, and initially experimented with vegetables and fruit farming. Their background in optometry did little to prepare them for the challenges of horticulture, but they appear to have been clear sighted in the way they have gone about developing this beautiful property to the vineyard, cheesery, restaurant and function venue that it is today.

For a food and wine to croak for, phone Anura on (021) 875 5360 for a reservation, or visit Cape Country Calls at for a map, and for other places of interest to call in on while you are in the area!


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