When Joburgers visit Cape Town the pressure is on – you have to take them somewhere unique and impressive, something authentically Cape Town, without pretension. Something uniquely us. We ticked all boxes and took the Joburgers to Root44.
It’s different from Neighbourgoods in produce, look and feel. In the winelands surrounded by vineyards and mountains; family, child and pet friendly; wine available in excess; live music; people lapsing in the weekend glory – it’s a down-to-earth, scenic day out that really does scream Western Cape.
Located just outside Stellenbosch along the R44, it’s a market with a difference. It’s comfortably housed in sturdy, cosy marquees (perfect for our rainy winters) but with plenty of space to stretch out on the grass in warmer weather, surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and nestled under a canopy of trees. Browse homeware stores offering unique decor, clothing and home essentials, craft beer and wine stands and a choice of food stalls that will leave even the most decisive person food envious.
At Root44, snacking is encouraged. That’s what we did at least, before swiftly moving onto ‘mains’. Choose from cheese and ham croquettes laden with mustard, bobotie or Thai spring rolls with Asian dip, Mexican quesadillas fully loaded with guacamole and freshly made sushi or deep fried calamari. Follow this with a lamb salad or ciabatta, ‘banting’ bagel with salmon and cream cheese or Thai chicken wrap sprinkled with sesame seeds.
We washed this back with Amber Weiss and crisp dry white, while the Joburgers opted for… juice. They don’t grasp wine like we do. Weird.
Root44 truly is a perfect location to spend a full day with friends or family. Relax as live music croons from the stage, let your children play in the designated play areas, ensure your pooch is well hydrated from adorable drinking stations and spend the day enjoying the beautiful scenery with the people you cherish most. And if in doubt, take the Joburgers there, they’ll love it too – we speak from experience.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace