Hobson’s Choice: a Hidden Gem in Somerset East

After visiting the Walter Battiss museum (see previous post), my parents and I went to a little deli in Somerset East for a bite to eat before the next leg of our adventure (watch this space for more on that).

Fine dining is probably not something you’d expect in a little town in the Karoo, not least on a Sunday. We certainly didn’t; we even packed a little picnic just in case. But we took a chance and asked the lovely curator of the Walter Battiss Museum, who immediately recommended that we try Hobson’s Choice Deli. So off we went.

Now, you may remember how much I love pickled things (read about it here). Well, I’ve never even heard of dill pickled Agave flowers, let alone tried them. Of course, I had to order the sandwich that showcased them, accompanied by freshly baked ciabatta, farm cheese and …wait for it…candied aubergine. I bet you’ve never heard of that either. It was altogether delicious!

Mum had a roast Karoo lamb and mint sandwich (a Karoo classic), and Dad had the slow food special, chili con carne. We followed this up with impressive home-made deserts, hot baked Jungle Berry Crumble and cold Coffee-Brandy Tartufo.

It was refreshingly exciting for a meal in a remote town, and I loved the focus on local produce (even the Agave flowers and candied aubergine are produced locally). A wonderful change from the usual greasy toasted cheese sandwich from the corner shop. We came away with full tummies and smiles all ’round; and needless to say, a jar or two of pickled Agave flowers from the deli for our next luncheon party.

Hobson's Deli, by These Walking Boots

Dill pickled Agave flower, candied aubergine and cheese sandwich

Roast Karoo lamba and mint sandwich

Roast Karoo lamba and mint sandwich

"Slow food is essentially what fast food isn't" - Gordon Wright

“Slow food is essentially what fast food isn’t” – Gordon Wright

Chili con carne

Chili con carne

Hobson's Deli, by These Walking Boots

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