The man and I love craft beer and Cape Town is brimming with choice when it comes to having a good brew. New breweries are opening up monthly with men & women making their hobbies a vocation and we’re always keen to visit as many breweries as we can and taste what’s on the market.
So naturally, we headed straight to Tuk Tuk Brewery when it first opened in Franschhoek but have had to wait (patiently) a few months before we could try their own beers and not that of CBC.
Over the weekend, we decided to take the drive to finally get a taste of Tuk Tuk’s own brews and we weren’t disappointed.
Tuk Tuk is located on the main road that goes through the heart of Franschhoek and I’m such a fan of the decor with its mix of metal and wood, use of copper piping and bright yellow highlights.
As soon as the staff saw that we had a baby, they immediately moved chairs aside for us and offered to get us a highchair.
Our waiter was completely clued-up on all the beers and every detail behind the brewing process which of course made us want to taste everything available.
The brewery equipment stands behind glass and I love that you can see what is happening. Of course, Rosie couldn’t really care less that Dad was excited by the process and the AMAZING brewed hops smell (all she wanted was food).
Tuk Tuk serves CBC beers as well as its own range which is what we drove for. The four Tuk Tuk beers are a Lager, Weiss, Dunkel and Pale Ale.
We tried them all but were particularly taken with the Wiezen (Weiss) – Made from the South African hop, Southern Passion, and Amarillo hops; it was a stunning fruity, fresh beer with uplifting citrus notes and lengthy, peppery finish. A real winner.
Mexican flavors and spicy kicks are what’s on offer – Nachos, Quesadillas, tacos, churros…perfect foods for beer.
The idea was just to have a light bite but after tasting the Spicy Sweetcorn Nuggets with Chipotle Chili Dip, we ordered two more platefuls. Yep, that’s how freakin’ good they were. Soft, fluffy nuggets with a crispy exterior, dusted with lime shavings and paired with the freshest, perfectly spicy dip. Total foodgasm.
The staff are exceptional and for the sweetcorn fritters alone I would travel to Tuk Tuk every day.
They have a small wine list for those who don’t want beer but it’s not extensive.
They do need to add a changing mat because there isn’t much point having a highchair but no facilities to change a baby.
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 11h00 – 22h00 (kitchen closes at 21h30)
Friday & Saturday 11h00 – 23h00 (kitchen closes at 22h30)
Closed on Tuesdays in low season
Address: 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek 7690, Western Cape, South Africa Phone: +27 21 492 2207