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D' Ouwe Werf @ Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Fourways

We have posted a review at Broadacres Lifestyle Centre before, when we reviewed Mugg & Bean - on that occasion we did not elaborate much on the other restaurant facilities nearby.

Lately though, D' Ouwe Werf @ Broadacres Lifestyle Centre has deservedly made its way onto our radar, and we felt it should get a mention here on Plebs with Kids...

Date last visited

December 2014

Update - December 2014:
De Ouwe Werf recently upgraded their kiddies play area, adding an awesome new jungle gym and slide, and a new kiddies bike track - we have added some new photos below.
In addition, they have paid more attention to security of the kids, by fencing off the entire outside eating area so that the little ones stay close by.

Location and Setting

D' Ouwe Werf is situated within Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, which can be found just off Cedar Road in Fourways.

The centre hosts a garden shop, nursery, a Spar, a Woolworths, a Mugg & Bean, a great toy / hobby shop and more.
Alongside you will also find the beautiful venue Buitengeluk.

You can view a map here.

For the kids...

Playtime is what it's all about here.
A large play area takes centre stage at D' Ouwe Werf, featuring several jungle gyms, slides, plastic bikes for the kids to ride on, a jumping castle, sandpit and even a mini maze for the kids to puzzle their way through.

The play area is fenced off to keep things safe, and there are even a few tables within the play area, in case you want to keep an extra close eye on the kids at play.

A special kiddies menu ensures that your little ones won't leave with grumbling tummies - fish fingers, chicken nuggets, pastas and more - enough to cater for even the most fussy appetite :)

Opposite the main outside area, you will also find Outrage R/C - a really cool model / toy shop, so be prepared to entertain a wish list from the little ones once they head inside... credit cards beware!

For the adults...

D' Ouwe Werf has a relaxing vibe - seating is either outside alongside the Cape Dutch style building, in the garden setting outside the restaurant, or if you are feeling brave, in the kiddies play area itself :)

You can keep a beady eye on the kids from wherever you are seated, and the menu offers a decent selection for breakfast (including all the classics - continental, full English and more).
If it's lunch you're after, D' Ouwe Werf offers a variety to suit any taste - from toasteds, to quiche, chicken dishes, fish, burgers and more.

Food quality and quantity has been consistently good on all of our visits to D' Ouwe Werf - something that is hard to come by nowadays in the world of fly-by-night franchises and fast food.

Anything else?

What more can be said - all in all D' Ouwe Werf scores high on our charts for a pleasant morning / afternoon out, offering decent food at a competitive price (can't forget about that one...!), while providing facilities that keep the kids well entertained.

Operating hours are 8am - 5pm, 7 days a week.

Final words

Next time you head north (or perhaps you are already out that way :), pop in at the Broadacres Lifestyle Centre.

You won't be disappointed by what you find - D' Ouwe Werf allows a peaceful respite from the mad city rush, and the garden setting is perfect for our characteristically obliging warm Jo'burg sunshine.

Bring the kids along for a treat - they will leave with their tummies full, having worn themselves out on the swings, slides and bikes, but keenly looking forward to their next visit.

Getting in touch

+27 (0)11 540 1538


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Lols  – (June 8, 2015 at 8:10 AM)  

This has got to be one of the worst services I have experienced at a Restaurant. I booked the venue for a baby shower and nothing went right from the get go.
1. I booked the venue a month in advance, two weeks before the function i called to confirm the food items and the manager, Danielle had lost my booking information - That should have been the 1st warning sign
2. Our guests arrive sporadically - as all guests do at functions and the waiters would not warm up the food ordered from the platters - our guests had to be subjected to eating cold food
3. two of the Items that I had ordered way in advance were not served, the Manager Danielle did not have the nerve to come and explain or apologize why these were not included
4, The waiter was terrible, - we had to constantly ask after him in order to be served, as if we are doing him a favor to be there.
5. The final straw was right at the end when it was closing time - any normal human being - least of all a manager would know to tell their patrons that its closing time and we have to leave, but no, Danielle and her squad of waiters come through and ripped off all the table cloths and food items from the tables ( a not so subtle way to tell us to get the hell out of there) - Never in my life have I ever experience such a service. The manager really needs to go on training. it was ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING!!! She smiled and laughed throughout the whole process, who does that!
The place is very scenic and pretty but i'm afraid the service there leaves such a bad taste in your mouth! NEVER AGAIN!

Tibor Szabo  – (June 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM)  

Hi Lols,

Sounds like you caught them on a bad day!
Can't imagine what went wrong - we have had day trips, weddings, and birthdays there and never once had anything to complain about - quite the opposite in fact.

I have forwarded your comments onto their management for follow up - I trust that they will do whatever is necessary to prevent this from happening again.

Thanks for your feedback!
Helps keep the standard up.

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