Die Plaas 

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Die Plaas restaurant in New Horizons

Take some time, experience traditional tastes in the enriching township of New Horizon’s. Walking into Die Plaas (The Farm), reminiscent of its name, you forget that you’re in a suburban neighbourhood just outside of Plett.

Owner and Chef, John Ruiters is welcoming with his warm smile, and similar to true farm-style, you’re immediately drawn into country side life. Die Plaas has a vintage feel and look about it, the kind of rusty you’d appreciate.

An old oven is perfectly situated at the centre of what appears to be John’s small open plan kitchen. It’s a cosy eatery that can accommodate at least 18 people inside. It’s called Die Plaas because owner John says food has been modernised unnecessarily over the last decades, and this is his way of going back to his roots.

John also complains that people don’t eat for pleasure anymore, but for Instagram and social image. Not one to skimp on quantity, John is old school and criticizes those establishments serving people small portions as opposed to offering a hearty meal. The food varies, and you will often find a selection of fish dishes, traditional “Coloured Cuisine” and Indian inspired meals – and you can mix and match courses as you go along.

The menu is basically an all-rounder, with certain items by pre-order. A house-favourite is ‘The Towering Inferno’, or you may want to try his signature creamy seafood soup. They do not serve alcohol on the premises, but patrons are more than welcomed to bring along their alcohol of choice when visiting.

“I grew up in a food environment, my Mom is an Italian,” John tells me. So it’s not surprising that he has fallen in love with everything foodie, and has over the last three years won the local Plett PnP braai competitions.

It’s a new neighbourhood joint, loved by locals, their families and friends. It’s the only one of its kind in New Horizons, the food is great, the host is friendly, and you immediately feel at home.

Book your table and phone for directions, 079 873 0957 or dieplaas8780@gmail.com.