Transkaroo bring haar padkos! Is Afrikaans for ‘Transkaroo bring her food for the road’.
This is a play on words from the opening lyric of the South African hit television show of the eighties, named Transkaroo.
*English translation: Transkaroo bring her home
This hour-long series told stories of love, adventure and even diamond smuggling aboard the Transkaroo express train. The three lovable schoolboys who were the main characters; Vollie, Boeta and Braam, university students who spend their December holidays working as waiters on the train, provided much comedy relief to the show.
This article was originally written by Jacqui Cooks and first appeared on theJaxBlog
Transkaroo TV series, 1984 - Episode 7: Die Leeu van Leeu Gamka *
Gosh! I remember this show so fondly growing up as a child, I could hardly wait to watch what was going to happen next.
This show was based upon an actual train line of the same name,Transkaroo. It was a South African Express passenger train travelling 1600kms from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Kimberly right up until March 1997. (Source Wikipedia)
This has now been replaced by the Shosholoza Meyl service line with very affordable rates for the budget traveller. If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious and private then for a few extra Rands you can book a cabin aboard the Premiere Classe.
But, this blog post is not about either Transkaroos instead it is of the Transkaroo Restaurant in Great Brak area, George. So aptly named as it is situated inside the old railway station alongside the famous old Transkaroo railway line. Hence why I mentioned both of the above:
This unpretentious, homey restaurant serves up affordable traditional South African fare that warms the heart, fills the tummy and leaves you wanting more.
Each dish whipped up from scratch by Chef Maurice Fouche promises to pack a flavourful punch from only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Best you leave your diet at the door when entering this establishment.
Roasted chicken with pesto cream sauce on a bed of risotto accompanied by freshly steamed veggies
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