A restored heritage building set under grand oak trees houses Noop restaurant, a spot that exudes warmth and hospitality to make you feel right at home.

Noop is well loved, not only for the excellent atmosphere but also the quality of the cuisine. Chef Zian Oosthuizen has a passion for food and loves selecting ingredients and preparing meals to perfection. He practically grew up in the kitchen and knows that it’s the place in the house that brings friends and family together to share good times and make memories.


Zian is a born and raised Paarl native and knows how to keep the locals coming back for more. He studied and worked at the acclaimed Warwick’s Chef School in Hermanus. He spent four years working as Head Chef at two popular restaurants in Hermanus but was drawn to Noop because of the creative freedom it offered him in the kitchen.

Zian seeks to keep the kitchen offering fresh, local and simple. Respect for the purity of the quality ingredients is crucial and therefore, he doesn’t over-complicate recipes. If something on the menu isn’t available on the day, it’s because they weren’t able to acquire the ingredient; they won’t substitute with alternatives. They try to support local producers wherever possible hence, their fruit, vegetables and flowers don’t travel far and herbs come from their own garden.


The menu offers everything from light starters and salads to gourmet burgers and succulent grilled Parmesan and herb crusted Karoo lamb rump. For dessert, the South African Plate has it all: traditional malva pudding, Amarula Anglaise, milk tart ice cream, soetkoekie crumble and spitsroken. Specials change daily according to inspiration or availability of an exciting ingredient.


They personally select their meat almost daily at a local Paarl butcher. They only use Karan Beef that has been matured for at least 32 days to make the most tender and tasty beef dishes. Their rich and flavourful venison comes from either a farm in the Namibian Kalahari or the Karoo depending on the season.


Noop boasts an extensive wine list with offerings from the top Cape wine routes – Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, as well as wines from Elgin, Stanford, and Cape Agulhas. The wine list features wines of every varietal in all styles including organic wines, and an Owner’s Cellar of rare covetable wines. You are sure to find the perfect pairing whether it’s a local special or French Champagne.


Noop is also a superb location for your next event. They can host up to 40 people in a private space, and they can design any menu you require.

Wine and dine at Noop restaurant in its oak-lined street in picturesque Paarl and be filled with the warmth of the Winelands.


Winter trading hours (July) – Monday – Friday, 11 am till late
Closed between  2 – 12 July 2016 

When Monday – Saturday 11 am – late
Where 127 Main Street, Paarl
Cost According to menu
Contact +27 21 863 3925, [email protected], www.noop.co.za

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