Kilzer’s Kitchen is a cookery school. Albin and Jenny Kilzer both have a passion for cooking, teaching and, of course, people. They believe that a good foundation is necessary to become a great cook. It is their love of food, their pleasure in sharing knowledge and their genuine – and much apparent -love for people that lead to the opening of the school, with Kilzers Kitchen Basics in 1999.
Today the open plan demonstration and working kitchen is the axis around which their highly functional wheels turn. They offer a wide variety of courses including the original The Basic Course, Pudding and Pastry Classes and Kiddies Cooking Classes. Their ‘Cook ‘n Look’ Kitchen Theatre is a local legend and often booked months in advance.
If their name sounds familiar it is probably because you have seen them at the Friday Night Market at Knysna Montessori yet, it is when winter shrouds the Garden Route in cold and darkness, that the Kilzer’s Kitchen Winter Long Table offers a warm and welcome haven, reminiscent of the inns of yesteryear, for anyone who seeks comfort food, a warm fire and hearty companionship.
You will find Kilzer’s Kitchen at the end of one of Knysna Height’s serpentine roads at no 3 & 5 Roos Bolton Crescent. Follow the signboards to Guadeloupe Self-Catering to get there. Be forewarned that parking is challenging but it is a very small price to pay for the reward.
Check pretence at the door! Those who enter here are home among friends. Find yourself a seat at one of the several long tables, order your food from the counter, take your cutlery and number to your table, sit back, observe the bustling kitchen and chat to the people around you. Kilzer’s Kitchen is not licensed and charges no corkage fee so feel free to bring your own wine and beer.
The dishes on the menu are a scrumptious selection of seafood and meat dishes and include plates stacked high with fresh mussels, a seafood curry, an impeccably prepared fillet, roast pork or even a Klein Karoo bushpig casserole. Jenny is quick to assure that they will prepare excellent food for any vegetarians at their table, as the regular presence of vegetarian guests can attest.
Dishes are affordable while portions are generous and will satisfy even the most robust appetite. Fires and gas heaters ensure that it is pleasantly warm and, together with the interesting company you may encounter, you will linger long enough to enjoy one of their delicious deserts too. Deserts include a fantastic bread and butter pudding, crème brûlée or Kilzer’s Kitchen’s famous lemon tart. An excellent French press coffee will make for the perfect end to one of the most satisfying meals you’ve had away from your grandmother’s table.
Service starts as early as 5 o’clock so you can be well fed and back at home to curl up with a movie before the night runs out, a fact that will please moms & dads and anyone else who doesn’t like to be out too late.
Kilzer’s Kitchen is not a regular restaurant – during the winter months they offer the Winter Long Table on Friday evenings and the ‘Cook ‘n Look’ on Wednesday evenings during the summer months.
Contact them for tailor made classes, order meals to pick up and go or to book your private party!
You can contact them on 044 382 0135 or 082 572 7986
Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KilzersKitchen/
Or visit their website at kilzerskitchen.co.za
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