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Cost
R155 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
African, Modern, South African
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
With many a nod to local flavours, and relying on cuisine that harks back to the earliest roots of traditional cooking, it is just as well that the menu comes with a glossary of local terms which are probably incomprehensible to overseas visitors – and many locals, for that matter. For instance, one of the starters is curried snoek spring rolls with tomato dressing, chutney and paaper bites – a popular Cape Malay snack of fried and spiced samosa pastry. Be aware that bokkoms are dried fish snacks, a sort of fishy biltong much-loved by many but not to everybody’s taste.

Mains show off the cooking at its best, featuring dishes such as spiced free range chicken with curried lentil, shrimp roti and yoghurt kerrie sous, and glazed pork belly with creamy vanilla potato mash and pickled spekboom. The biltong and juniper berry coated blesbok leg with caramelised red cabbage and sweet potato purée is ambitious, but succeeds well. The wild rosemary and pelargonium crème caramel with a wilde bessie stoof (wild berry compote) is a suitable way to end.

Wine
Only the excellent Solms Delta wines are featured on the wine list but you are free to take your own, with a small corkage fee being levied.

Service 
Friendly country style.

Ambience
Somewhat clinical, the room works best in the summer when an indoor/ outdoor ambience prevails. The terrace has a great view of the distant mountains.

And... 
Great picnics are available in the summer months – book ahead.

(September 2016)

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  • Hetta van Deventer Terblanche

    Food
    Chef Shaun Schoeman is to be commended for using so many indigenous ingredients, herbs and vegetables in his cooking. He demonstrates skill by magnificently balancing the flavour profiles of traditional ingredients with rarely eaten veldkos and herbs, thereby creating his own version of modern South African cuisine. Expect hearty starters such as baked vegetables in a potato crust, with goat’s cheese and wild herbs, delicately perfumed with the savoury character of wild rosemary. Snoek and biltong find their place on the menu in a terrine with lemon geranium and wild herbs, alongside the fragrant aromatic Cape Curry flavours of roti, served with sambals. Spekboom features in a delicious crunchy pickle, and a smoked Karoo ostrich carpaccio, dressed with a num-num sauce and fynbos greens, offers a uniquely South African taste. The main courses present a variety of choices covering fish, fowl and meat, and strange as some of the ingredients like “suring” (sorrel), “balderjan” (wild mint) and citrus buchu might sound, the food is delicious. Taking care never to overpower the main ingredient, Shaun uses these indigenous flavours to bring out the best in each dish. Even the classic South African desserts such as malva poeding, “yskastert” (fridge tart) and cheesecake are laced with rooibos tea, wild berry compote and “ballerja” (wild mint).

    Drinks
    The selection is limited to wines from the estate and very affordable, priced from only R20 per glass.

    Service
    Friendly and eager to please, but knowledge about the daily specials and menu offering has room for improvement.

    Ambience
    A beautiful setting – enjoy the Cape Dutch buildings set against the lush Franschhoek countryside. Inside, the table settings are informal with plastic place mats and paper napkins, but with such beautiful surroundings you will hardly notice this, especially if you are seated outside.

    And …
    There are various attractions for visitors to choose from on Solms-Delta. Visit the the social history museum – Museum van de Caab, the Dik Delta Garden with indigenous plants and herbs, or book a picnic or a history, music and wine tour.

  • Hetta van Deventer Terblanche

    Chef Shaun Schoeman is to be commended for using so many indigenous ingredients, herbs and vegetables in his cooking at Fyndraai on the Solms-Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek. He demonstrates skill by magnificently balancing the flavour profiles of traditional ingredients with rarely eaten veldkos and herbs, thereby creating his own version of modern South African cuisine.

    Food
    Expect hearty starters such as baked vegetables in a potato crust, with goat’s cheese and wild herbs, delicately perfumed with the savoury character of wild rosemary. Snoek and biltong find their place on the menu in a terrine with lemon geranium and wild herbs, alongside the fragrant aromatic Cape curry flavours of roti served with sambals.

    Spekboom features in a delicious crunchy pickle, and a smoked Karoo ostrich carpaccio, dressed with a num-num sauce and fynbos greens, offers a uniquely South African taste.

    The main courses present a variety of choices covering fish, fowl and meat. As strange as some of the ingredients, like suring (sorrel), ballerja (wild mint) and citrus buchu, might sound, the food is delicious. Taking care never to overpower the main ingredient, Shaun uses these indigenous flavours to bring out the best in each dish.

    Even the classic South African desserts such as malva poeding, yskastert (fridge tart) and cheesecake are laced with rooibos tea, wild berry compote and wild mint.

    Drinks
    The selection is limited to wines from the estate, which are very affordable, priced from only R20 per glass.

    Service
    Staff are friendly and eager to please, but their knowledge about the daily specials and menu offering could improve.

    Ambience
    This is a beautiful setting, with Cape Dutch buildings set against the lush Franschhoek countryside. Inside, the table settings are informal with plastic place mats and paper napkins, but with such beautiful surroundings you will hardly notice, especially if you’re seated outside.

    And…
    There are various attractions for visitors to choose from on the Solms-Delta estate. Visit the social history museum, Museum van de Caab; make a reservation for a history, music and wine tour; or spend time with a book in the Dik Delta Garden with its indigenous plants and herbs.

    (July 2015)

  • A beautiful wine estate setting, with a unique Slave Museum next door, makes this restaurant worth a day trip from Cape Town. The menu is different, offering interesting indigenous dishes and ingredients with a nod to traditional Cape cuisine. Great for weekend lunches or picnics, with baskets put together by the restaurant team. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    The emphasis is on the best fresh seasonal ingredients used in a style that reflects Cape sensibility. Try seared spicy sea scallops with cauliflower purée, West Coast mussels in Cape Malay tomato bredie, or pan-fried pickled ox tongue with dill cucumber cream. Mains include excellent wild rosemary-crusted Karoo lamb rack and the braised venison with wild herbs and typical traditional veggies like pumpkin, sweetcorn and buttered cabbage. The orange blossom crème brûlée with chilled fruit compote is the way to go for a refreshing finale.

    Wine
    Only the excellent Solms Delta wines are on the list.

    Service
    Relaxed in the country manner.

    Ambience
    The ancient foundations of this building are exposed under a glass floor in the restaurant, forming a tangible link with the past. However, if the weather is good, sit outside and take in the mountain view. Either way, it’s all very rustic – delightfully so.

    And...
    Do a wine tasting before your meal to work up an appetite. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Solms Delta Wine Estate is a gem waiting to be discovered in the Cape Winelands. The estate has so much to offer that often one needs to visit numerous times to absorb it all. Fyndraai Restaurant which is headed up by Shaun Schoeman is a small restaurant inside with some outside seating as well. The food offered is generally uniquely South African with fresh produce and herbs used from their garden.

    Solms Delta Wines are excellent - their smooth reds and crisp but memorable whites leave you wanting more. The estate offers numerous tours of the property and one of the tours is Food and Wine Pairing which we have tried and it is superb.

    The estate offers wine tasting and a social history musuem adjacent to the restaurant which is super to do first when you reach there.
    We particularly love the Solms Delta picnics they offer down at the riverside forest. The basket for 2 people is well priced with delicious picnic fare (the best we have had yet) and has come with water and a bottle of their Lekkerwijn. The setting is unique, relaxing and very family friendly so I couldnt recommend this establishment enough.
    The farm is always a hive of activity with Summer Harvest / Oes Concerts and other events.

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  • There are many fine wine farms to choose a picnic at in Cape Town, but this has to be the best that I have tried. The riverside forest setting is just fabulous and, along with the tantalising picnic bits and bold, fun wines, makes a wonderful day out. The picnic basket is really value for money and offers the best. There is so much to see and do on this estate between the picnics, wine tasting, tours, museum and restaurant.
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  • Dear MarietjieWe were very concerned to read of your disappointing visit to Fyndraai during the Bastille Festival and apologise most sincerely. Whilst our chef and many of our staff were based at Franschhoek for the day, this is no excuse for any drop in our normal standards. We have addressed the problem and taken steps to ensure that this will not happen again. It is important to us that all our guests and visitors have a pleasant and satisfying experience and we thank you for taking the trouble to alert us. We would like to invite you to come back to Fyndraai for a meal, to allow us to make up for your disappointment and we will be in touch with you on email.SincerelyAnnalize
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  • Beautiful venue, poor service, portions too small - went away hungry.
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