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Firefly Eating House, Knysna

Old Cape Road
South Africa 6570
Tel: 27 44 382 1490's insider take:

The bright red cottage of the Firefly Eating House—located on the causeway leading out of Knysna—takes the "fire" part of its name to heart. Mother-and-daughter owners Dell and Sanchia Hadlow—known locally as the "Spice Girls"—give each dish on the menu a rating from 0 to 10 based on its degree of mouth-scorching-ness.The Hadlows are famous for their Cape Malay spring rolls made with bobotie (a South African specialty of spiced minced meat), but be sure to also try the Karoo ostrich samosas with kumquat chutney. Entrées range from a mild pork with fenugreek, cinnamon, and pear to the aptly named Bang Bang black tiger prawn (fire rating 6–8). Sanchia has chosen some great, lesser-known local wines like the Felteiras Verdelho, Diemersfontein Viognier, and Porcupine Ridge Merlot to complement the spicy fare. The small, intimate eatery is popular with foodies, so be sure to book ahead.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 6:30 to 10 pm.

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