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Karoo Daisy Barrydale: A Simply irresistible Kos-Mopolitan experience

Karoo Daisy Barrydale
Written by Mickey Mentz

From the hustle and bustle of Cape Town city life to a new start in laid back Barrydale, Thomas and Hayley of Karoo Daisy are living their dream

At first the awe inspiring artwork of their beautifully decorated building is likely to lure you in for a closer look, but it is only once you enter Karoo Daisy when the real value of Barrydale’s brand new restaurant becomes apparent.

The exterior splendour that was created by local artist Quinton Faro sets the tone for a delightful dining experience – with a Karoo twist.

For instance, there is no such thing as a plain Jane Roosterkoek at Karoo Daisy, as they have made it their mission to transform this classic treat into a mouthwatering breakfast feast that is guaranteed to have you coming back for more.

The same can be said about their thin crust square pizzas that are crafted with only the freshest (and most exciting) toppings. Yes that’s right, it is hip to be square at Karoo Daisy and smiles are included with every slice as you inevitably cut the delicious corners of their unique take on a traditional favourite.

A Barrydale love affair

The brainchild of owners Thomas and Hayley who fell in love with Barrydale a few years ago following a visit to nearby Warmwaterberg Spa, Karoo Daisy also specialise in more traditional sit-down lunches and dinners.

They cater for vegans and carnivores alike and it is in the kitchen where Thomas’ passion for creating unique tantalising dishes comes to the fore.

If he is not out reinventing a quiche, or smoking a rib in his German smoker, you might find him busy bottling his latest chilly infused olive oil.

“We are very excited about our future here in Barrydale and we have so many great plans (and dishes) that we look forward to serving to tourists and residents alike,” Thomas said.

Described by Hayley as a ‘Jack of all trades and master of most’, Thomas finds great inspiration in his surroundings and leaves no stone unturned as he looks to create a memorable experience for all patrons.

Hayley, an environmentalist by heart, brings a spark of sanity and calm to this exciting new venture and she makes it her duty to ensure that great customer service is achieved.

“It is important that all our customers enjoy value for money, experience the great flavours we have on offer and leave with smiles,” Hayley said.

As for the decision to enter the service industry in a time when most restaurateurs were looking for ways to get out, she described it as a calling.

“When we first viewed this property the daisies in the adjacent jukskei field were in bloom (as they are today) and two weeks later we decided this was meant to be,” Hayley recalls.

Building a dream

They started renovating the building during the prolonged lockdown and transformed an almost forgotten section of town into the picturesque, inviting place it is today.

On weekends you can support your favourite sports team at their pet friendly venue or listen to the sounds of local musicians while enjoying brunch in a relaxing atmosphere.

Some of the best locally produced jams and hand made goods are also sold here as they look to support local artisans where they can.

Karoo Daisy is open seven days a week from 9am until our President says restaurants should send their staff home.

So whether it is a breathtaking breakfast, a long lazy lunch or a family dinner you are after, Karoo Daisy’s Daisy has something for everyone and more.

Also Read: Artists adore beautiful Barrydale

About the author

Mickey Mentz

From my Barrydale base, my goal is to tell the stories of people and places on the picturesque R62. Ek het oor die jare 'n cappuccino verslawing ontwikkel en my hond se naam is Bella.

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