Sometimes a birthday celebration takes you to a venue which leaves you wondering (and almost slightly sad) that you’ve never found out about it earlier – and Almost Orange is one of those. Situated on the same premises as the well known Silver Orange Bistro in Hartebeespoort, Almost Orange is a Meditteranean inspired, tapas and gin bar in the middle of a working citrus farm, providing a laid back venue with views that are as delicious as the food and drinks.
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The restaurant boasts more than 60 different types of gin – enabling you to pick and mix gin, mixers and garnish to your palate’s content as well as a long list of craft beers and premium spirits and wines for those who aren’t partial to gin. The cocktail menu is equally comprehensive with multiple variations on the humble gin & tonic so consider taking Uber or arranging transport (as our gracious host did) so that no one will need to drive home afterwards.
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The food platters are designed with sharing in mind and are packed with delicious meze variations from cold meats to sea food, dips, olives and marinaded artichokes to colourful salads, pull pork spring rolls and salt and pepper calamari. You can be forgiven for thinking you’re in a European villa as you could spend hours gazing into the distance with a chilled glass of wine in hand and continuously nibble on the array of snacks in front of you – oblivious to the fact you’re less than an hour away from Pretoria or Johannesburg. Apart from being fresh and delicious, the presentation of the food is what stood out the most – with every dish plated on gorgeous wooden boards or brightly coloured dishes and ramekins to match the colourful, vibrant elements being served.
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A few things to note however – they don’t allow tables larger than 20 guests so if you are considering it for a celebration or party you’ll need to manage the guest list, and no children under the age of 16 are permitted. They’re open from 11h00 on both Saturday and Sunday and close at 18h00 on Saturday and 17h00 on Sundays – but the kitchen closes before then so rather arrive early and spend a well deserved day soaking up the sights and sounds of Almost Orange.
Altyd Mooi Farm, R513, Hartbeespoort
082 378 2948