Arguably the best wood-fired pizza in Cape Town awaits you at The Woodlands Eatery, a quaint and quirky restaurant on the slanting hills of Vredehoek. It also offers a changing seasonal bistro menu, serving delicious, unpretentious food in a fun and relaxed environment.
Hipsterville 101, Woodlands is a small but stylishly decorated space that makes you feel (especially in the chill of winter) that you’ve escaped to an isolated log cabin in a snow-capped pine forest. Wooden tables and chairs, wood panelling, assorted hanging lampshades and walls hung with picture frames and illustrations, its a ramshackle mix of objects and finishes that work to create a place of cosiness and comfort.
We had to try the signature dish, the famous lamb pizza (where all who try it rave about it). Made with Tuscan style slow-roasted lamb topped with rosemary and crème fraîche (R110). We paired it with two glasses of Alphabetical, although the selection of craft beers is equally tempting – especially when paired with some of the generous pizza offerings. Gluten free pizza bases are available at an extra R25.
Not in the mood for pizza? Choose from a varied antipasti selection, as well as pasta and heavier mains for the more hungry (R90–R160). We’re not dessert people ourselves, but if you happen to have a sweet tooth and need something rich and oozy to finish your meal off, the chocolate fondant comes highly recommended (R50).
To save the best for last, the focus at Woodlands has recently been on sourcing and serving ethical meat and produce. With Frankie Fenner Meat Merchant products prominently indicated on the menu, it’s refreshing to visit a place whose aim is to serve ethical and keep their ethos consistent and up-to-standard. That said, it’s a cool and contemporary neighbourhood spot to enjoy a week or weekend meal, when you really don’t feel like cooking.