Welcome to Noop. We think you'll feel at home here, because that's how we think of our restaurant. After all, we spend more time here than we do at our homes. We know many of our guests by name; some of them have become our friends.
Even your first impression is one of homeliness. Set under two elegant old oak trees, our beautiful heritage building breathes warmth and hospitality. Like many others in Paarl on the country's longest Main Road, our landmark has been restored and retains its original character.
As for us, we were customers before we became owners, so we felt at home here when we took Noop over in 2012. We've kept everything people love about it while also making it our own. It's still as popular with returning locals as it is with visiting tourists.
More than anything, that's because of the quality of their meals. And we cook the same food here as we do at home. Unpretentious. Often spontaneous. Always delicious.
When Zian was a child, the kitchen was a place where family and friends came together to share good times and make memories. It's still his favourite part of the house, and Zian still loves food – choosing, preparing and eating it. He's a chef through and through, and can't see himself doing anything else.
Born and raised in Paarl, he studied and then worked at Warwicks Chef School (where he and Mariëtte met). He spent four years in Hermanus as Head Chef at two popular restaurants, but wanted space to be more creative as a chef. He has that freedom at Noop.
Mariëtte van den Bergh
Mariëtte's love of cooking comes from a family that has always shared the same passion. For her, food is very much about the conversation and interaction that accompany the taste and flavour, and there's very little that's more rewarding than to see people enjoying a meal she's made. She spends a lot of time in the kitchen trying new things and has a particular soft spot for desserts.
Mariëtte worked abroad before studying, then spent two years at a 5 star establishment in Hermanus. But she has been happiest at Noop, where she pays as much attention to her guests as she does to their food.
We try to keep it fresh, keep it local and keep it simple. Nothing comes out of a tin, so if something on our menu isn’t available, it’s because we couldn’t get an ingredient that day. As much as we can, we try to support local suppliers: our fruit, vegetables and flowers almost always come from nearby and herbs come from our very own garden. We don’t over-elaborate or unnecessarily complicate recipes, because we like to respect the purity of our ingredients. We think food tastes better that way.
We make sure you’re served the best there is. We handpick our meat personally and almost daily at a local butcher in Paarl. We only use Karan Beef that is matured for at least 32 days. Our venison usually comes from our farm in the Namibian Kalahari and occasionally from the Karoo.
We put something “special” into our specials. That’s why they change daily. Sometimes we’re simply inspired to try something new. Sometimes a supplier will offer us an ingredient so interesting or rare that, even if it’s a herb or a garnish, we’ll conjure up an entire meal around it.
The Cape Winelands is one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world, and we’re fortunate to be in the heart of it.
Our extensive wine list is well represented by producers from the best-known wine routes – Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. We especially like to support the estates that are closest to home, so almost a third of the wines on our list are from Paarl. We’ve also found excellent wines from a little further afield, including Elgin, Stanford, Cape Agulhas and – for bubbly – France.
Our selection includes a choice of excellent wines of every varietal, in the Old and New World styles. We also have a small but impressive range of organic wines, and a very special Owner’s Cellar of highly sought after rare wines. Whether you’re a traditional or experimental wine drinker, we’re confident there’s something to suit all palates.
Our beautiful heritage building is a perfect venue for any event. We can host up to 60 people, in a private space, and we can put together a menu that suits your specific needs and desires.
Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to discuss a function or make an appointment to meet with us.
If you want to make a booking, ask questions, get information, have feedback or just feel like saying hello, we’d love to hear from you.
Address: 127 Main Street, Paarl. 7646
Phone: 021-863 3925.