Karoo Restaurant is inspired by the diversity of British, Dutch, African, Malaysian, Portuguese and Indian flavors that make up the delicious dishes of Chef Sanette Groenewald’s South African homeland. Chef Sanette was born and raised in a small town called Wolseley located in the Little Karoo where life is simple, down to earth, unpretentious, and full of friendly people. That is the principle on which both Karoo Restaurant and Karoo Kafe was built.
Karoo Kafe is where it all started 12 years ago when Chef Sanette opened her first restaurant in the United States, a small South African Kafe located in Provincetown. Karoo Kafe opened in 2002 with the idea of introducing her home food to the people of Cape Cod. Her recipes go as far back as 8 generations and she has hand picked the ones that are dearest to her heart.
What is the Karoo? The Karoo is a semiarid geographic region of Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Northern Cape provinces, South Africa. The Karoo is best defined by its vegetation, which consists of assorted succulents and low scrub bushes spaced from one foot to several feet apart.
The area is devoid of surface water, and its name is derived from the Khoisan word meaning “land of thirst.”
Its sub regions include the intermontane vales of Little Karoo and Great Karoo in the lesser-elevated areas of Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces and the main Karoo (or Upper Karoo) spanning the vast highland plateau of Northern Cape province to the north and east of the Great Escarpment. Altogether the Karoo occupies about 153,000 square miles (395,000 square km), about one-third of the total area of South Africa.