Yay! A new restaurant in the area…35km from Ladybrand…We had to go check it out…
This brand new restaurant has a very interesting decor with a Western/Klein Karoo feel to it. There’s a windmill head attached to the roof of the bar, barrels with vetplante (succulent plants) in them and there are horse saddles attached to the walls. The seats are comfy and the place is very neat and clean.
They have “normal” options on the menu like hamburgers, steak and tramezinnis…which I saw some of the other customers eating. That food looked nice and the customers looked happy…but we were there for their speciality…their fondue!
The coolest part for me was when the table cloths were whipped off to reveal flat conduction plates built into the table. So there’s no need for paraffin or matches or extinguishing fires! And the heat is instant with the beep of a button!
The place and staff are still brand new, and apparently we were the very first big fondue table.
We tried one cheese pot, one meat pot and, my favourite, one chocolate pot. The cheese pot came with bread and veggies. The consistency was a bit tangy but the taste was delicious. We ordered chicken and beef pieces with the meat pot. Ooh, the chocolate pot came with pieces of white chocolate which melted almost instantly when placed on the conduction plates. Then there was also milk, peanut butter, bananas and a shot of Kulua which we could add to the melted chocolate…to make a delectably sinful dip…Mmmm! The chocolate pot came with apples, strawberries, marshmallows and some cakes. The cake kept falling into the pot but we weren’t at all upset to use a spoon to scoop the pieces out along with a mouthful of chocolate.
The owner, Marné, is a very friendly guy who has worked as a chef at a few other restaurants before starting The Fork & Pot. According to him it is the only restaurant in South Africa where you can order a fondue. He says he still has lots of fondue ideas up his sleeve…So there’s still a lot to look forward to. Marné and his dad came up with the name Fork & Pot while brainstorming name ideas. It’s a fun and catchy name!
The Fork & Pot is located in a new center just outside Clocalan. It’s about a 20 minute drive from Ladybrand. The center already has a few other little shops too.
The Fork & Pot is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 22:00 and on Sundays from 10:00-15:00.
It’s definitely a unique experience and a place well-worth visiting.