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“Cuckoo for lunch”
Review of The Cuckoo tree

The Cuckoo tree
Ranked #9 of 119 Restaurants in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. Had it not been we would not have come across it. Seating only ablout 30 people, it is an elegant and warm restaurant, run by a mother and her daughters. Lovely ambience, we noticed the others there looked like people "who know their food". An advanatage is you can take your own wine without corkage. Tastefully set tables. I would descibe the menu (dinner) as almost eclectic. Not large, but an emphasis on more unusual dishes, not the run-of-the-mill ones seen so often. We shares a double blue cheese souffle. Beautifully dopne, soft and featherlike and not too overpowering in terms of cheese. We each opted for the crispy duck - two generous portions and while crispy on the outside, the flesh was tender. Served with an orange and Van der Hum liqeur sause (the latter being a South African liqeur). it was served separately so as to prevent the duck becoming soggy. Vegertables just cooked - therefore crispy - without sugar added which is a disgusting South African habit. For dessdert we shared camembaert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Mmm. Afterwards sat out side - beautiful evening - drinking coffee and polishing off the last bit of wine. Were joined by Mum and daughters and ended up chatting for about another hour. I/we eat out a bit and travel a lot so have a pretty good idea of what is good and what is excellent. I would award 5 stars. If asked where my best dining experience was in the last year, I would have no hesitation whatsever nominating The Cuckoo Tree. Their telephone number: From outside South Africa: 00 28 3123430. From within: 028 3123430. They also serve teas, breakfast and lunch. And change the menu every now and then. Peter Francis Lakeside Cape Town South Africa
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff
Great menu with excellent food ! All freshly made always the same excellent quality.
Highly recommended

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

We had long been told by Hermanus residents and regular visitors to this ever growing seaside resort, that we should head to the centrally situated (thankfully not in one of the many new shopping malls there) ''The Cuckoo Tree" a hugely and deservedly so popular breakfast, coffee and lunch venue. We had a warm welcome, sat inside (although they have an outdoor terrace, but the wind prevailed), and enjoyed (it was completely full, and that is the norm) the delicious non pretentious food, from good squid to delicious liver, bacon, mash and peas. Good value, great service and a real find in the heart of the town, but on a quiet corner. We will be back, and like many others are so pleased we eventually got to dine there.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Had a wonderful breakfast here recently. Nice ambience and friendly staff. Will be back again soon - hopefully for one of your theme nights. Was sorry I missed the Indonesian night at the weekend.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

A family run restaurant with a good vibe and wonderful food. An imaginative menu with some real winners - excellent for breakfast and lunch. We also enjoyed a special dinner here - only on special weekends when they are open, or in season. Excellent food, service and all round hospitality

Thank Catherine040
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

The Cuckoo Tree has been around in Hermanus for many years and the patrons keep coming back. Why? Cosy intimate restaurant serving up simple and delicious meals. The restaurant is small — I would suggest booking a table. They are always busy over breakfast and lunch. In summer you can enjoy the lovely outside terrace. I had the chicken schnitzel with chips and salad. It was the best salad I've eaten in a restaurant. Restaurant salads are usually so bland, boring, and unimaginative so I was surprised by how good this one was! The rest of the meal was just as good. This is a family-run business and you can tell they take the time to make every meal delicious.

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Thank Deevra
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