We’ve rounded up all the Christmas offerings in the Winelands so you can eat, drink and be merry this 25 December.
Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day lunch: The new Executive Chef, Michael Deg, will be cooking up a seven-course tasting menu including a succulent fillet of beef dish with oxtail and lentil ragout; bone marrow crumble; and carrots from the Cavalli Estate garden, prepared in four different ways. The cost is R850, which excludes all drinks.
This December, Eikendal Restaurant will be doing a wine and Christmas treat pairing. Expect Lebkuchen (a German cookie) with Pinotage; a mince pie with a Shiraz blend; and a slice of traditional Christmas cake with Cabernet Sauvignon. The pairing will be available 1 to 31 December, Tuesdays to Sundays between 10am and 4pm, and costs R100.
Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch: Head to this spectacular fine dining restaurant for a Gourmand tasting menu of nine courses for R1600 per person (or R2550, for it to be paired with wines).
Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day lunch: For R950 per person, enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas day lunch, including canapés, crackers and a welcome drink. The cost includes four plated courses and mains served family-style with trimmings. The menu will feature the likes of slow-roasted leg of Karoo lamb, beetroot carpaccio, and cherry-and-geranium panna cotta for dessert. Vegetarians are also looked after: For R795 the vegetarian menu is similar, but instead will feature grilled aubergine medallions with family trimmings as well as marinated asparagus as a starter.
Christmas lunch: Enjoy a three-course lunch at Oude Werf this Christmas. At R375 per person, you can tuck into dishes like maple-and-cranberry glazed roasted turkey, gammon, herb-roasted baby chicken and other festive delicious options. Booking is essential.
Celebrate the festive season with lunch or dinner from 24 December to 26 September. Both lunch and dinner consist of four courses with options like Angus beef carpaccio, cured Franschhoek trout and slow-cooked pork belly. The dessert is intriguing: the ode to chocolate features a selection of varying degrees of cocoa content served salted, tempered, aerated and frozen with accents of wild summer berries. Alternatively, there is a tempting honey tasting plate of delicious morsels. The lunch costs R1 195 while the dinner will cost R1 650. Also included is a gift and a glass of Grande Provence wine.
Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day lunch: This four-course menu comes with canapés and bubbly on arrival, Christmas crackers and a gift, for R900 per person (R400 for children). The set menu includes three plated courses and mains served family-style with trimmings. The menu will feature the likes of grilled linefish, cured salmon trout, and strawberry and vanilla sorbet for dessert. Vegetarians are also looked after. For R795 their menu features ratatouille with family trimmings, hazelnut praline-crusted goat’s cheese-and-chive balls, and a summer trifle.
If the weather allows for it, nothing beats a delicious Christmas picnic basket in beautiful sunny weather. Zorgvliet Restaurant offers enticing picnic items such as sweet and savoury preserves, roast lamb with mint jelly, honey-glazed gammon, chicken drumsticks, and other scrumptious treats, plus a bottle of Zorgvliet Silvermyn wine. Kids’ baskets are filled with a beef burger, a packet of chips, sweet treats, juice and a toy. The Christmas basket for two is available at R750 per person and the kiddies basket is available for only R110. Vegetarians baskets contain mushroom and camembert phyllo parcels, fresh veggie wraps, gourmet cheeses and preserves and a sweet potato cous cous salad with cranberry and orange. Their basket for two is R580 and the kiddies’ basket remains R110, with a veggie spring rolls instead of a hamburger.