On the border between the Cape Overberg and the succulent Klein Karoo, lies a little town nestled at the foot of the Langeberge mountain range. On this particular day of our visit to Barrydale, it was a scorcher. On our way through the long and winding Tradouw Pass, the mountain side laid barren after what seems to be one of the worst fire seasons the Overberg has seen in recent years.
We had just started to make our way down Route 62, when we stumbled upon a haven in the Karoo heartland. Walking up to Diesel & Crème it felt as though we had been transported to an earlier time.
The décor is from another time – another world almost. From wooden tables, tin signs and old tractor seats as bar stools. The wooden floors and beautiful stained glass windows add to the magic of this vintage diner.
We had barely sat down outside, when we were greeted with the loveliest cool mist from the outdoor cooling system. This is where we sat, taking it all in. You could feel the excitement and most of the time – hear it, as table by table received their food or drinks. By this time our mouths were watering – and so we opted for the gourmet milkshakes.
The waitress took down our order, on her ipod, and then proceeded to her next table.
As we chatted to old friends and listened to all the foreign tourists, we were almost shocked at how quickly the drinks arrived. We had a selection of delicious gourmet shakes from Belgian chocolate to Nutella in front of us.
Later, when we effortlessly settled the bill via the Zapper app on our phones – I had a chat with our waitress. As she spoke about how the TabletPOS (powered by iKentoo) point of sale system truly improved the way they were able to serve patrons especially on the busiest of days – one thing stood out to me. Even though this Karoo diner in its essence shows the intriguing elements of the past, their modern point of system so easily integrates into their business model and truly increases their productivity.
If you find yourself in Barrydale, be sure to make a stop at Diesel & Crème and experience the vintage diner, their delicious food and their gourmet shakes!
Find them at 2 Tennant Street, Barrydale
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