Are you in need of a relaxing treat after a long and straining week? Do you simply want to hang out, listen to the birds chattering away while sipping your first cappuccino of the day and catching up with a friend or having a wholesome breakfast with someone special? If that’s what you feel like then Twaalf is the place for you.
Lizen and Lianti, the owners and creators behind Twaalf, have taken a leap of faith and opened up their cozy restaurant & bar right in the heart of Stellenbosch in August 2015. We were welcomed with a range of beautiful treats right out of Ouma’s cookbook. The Afrikaans kitchen with a twist brings back memories of childhood and you can see yourself whipping up Koper Pennie Wortel Slaai (pickled carrots) together with your granny. We were even allowed to take one of the recipes home with us for YOU (see below for recipe)!
The ladies of the house took the time to chat to us about their story and how they created all the yummy food on the menu that will leave you licking your fingers and come back for more. The recipe is simple, two girls with the love of food and wine, paired with a desire to make a difference in their community. The ideas kept flowing, so two years and many homemade meals later, Twaalf became a reality. The name itself was born late one night, when Lizen and Lianti were still dreaming about having their own restaurant. Both of their names start with the letter L, and L is the 12th letter of the alphabet. In Afrikaans twaalf means twelve so the moment they saw the similarities they knew it was meant to be.
These lovely ladies realized that growing your community is a great way to uplift the surroundings, to create jobs and source local home grown food. An idea which I personally think we all should implement more often, was seized upon and put into application. Twaalf purchases the majority of their vegetables from “Love to Give” in Kayamandi, offers an internship program in the restaurant branch for individuals in need of work and lastly, gives customers the option to buy a cup of coffee (named: “cup of life”) at a reduced rate for the homeless people in and around Stellenbosch. They have big plans for each of the twelve months of the year and we are expecting to hear much more from them.
The prices for the meals range from affordable R 25 to R 75 and the opening times are from Monday- Friday: 8am-10pm and Saturday: 8am-1pm. So plan a trip into the Cape Winelands and make sure to stop by at Twaalf.