George Jardine is one of the gastronauts of the Cape Winelands, and along with head chef Kyle Burn, he ensures that Jordan Restaurant continues to be a fine-dining landmark. The focus on the food-and-wine pairing menus gives the kitchen team the opportunity to show its skill and versatility. A benchmark for simplicity, George’s interpretations of South African fare put a contemporary spin on top-quality ingredients sourced from artisanal suppliers and growers. Nothing here is ever over-wrought and each dish showcases natural taste and texture.
Enjoy a wonderful bread board with aioli, farm butter and hummus, fresh from the bakery next door. The menu changes daily, but you might start with a choice between yuzu-cured salmon with young organic beets, or a colourful warm salad of gnocchi with crispy kale, smoked walnut and caramelised apple. For mains you could have slivers of pan-roasted rump with caramelised onions and potato-and-pancetta gratin.
For dessert, the choice might be between a divine honey-and-poppy-seed soufflé or aromatic spiced churros with Valrhona hot chocolate.
Each earthy composition, layered with flavour, shows exquisite balance. The plates, featuring rustic green and brown tones, are garnished with bright splashes of yellow nasturtium, and are enriched by sublime purées and smoky vegetables.
Vegetarians are spoiled with dishes like a terrine of goat’s cheese and pepper, or a piquant caramelised white-onion tart with aged gruyère, walnuts and sun-dried pear.
Every ingredient appears to be meticulously selected to highlight flavours, allowing the whole always to be greater than the sum of the parts. If you’re looking for the wow factor, this is the place to come.
An excellent wine list with wines sourced from the Jordan cellar and some rare vintages. Each dish comes with an inspired Jordan pairing by the glass.
Top-notch, warm and welcoming service, from beginning to end.
Relaxed country chic with spectacular picture views of the lake, vineyards, mountains and valley. You won’t regret having lunch on the terrace in summer.
Take a trip to the cheese room to select your pre-dessert platter, and go home with fresh breads and cakes from The Bakery at Jordan next door.
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Acclaimed chef George Jardine continues to wow guests with his impressive cooking style at this popular winelands restaurant with breathtakingly beautiful views. The menu is seasonal and inspired by South African flavours and locally sourced ingredients with dishes that are exciting and inventive.
Starters such as Kroon duck ham with wood-fired young parsnips, hot-smoked rabbit loin with crispy Parma ham and red-cabbage slaw are both beautifully cooked and original. The caramelised onion and cauliflower mille-feuille with grilled young leeks and cheese fritters is inspired and utterly delicious.
The mains cover the spectrum with a few protein options as well as a vegetarian dish. The dish of roasted red sea bass with creamed lentil sprouts, potato gnocchi and poached baby turnip is comfort food at its best. The roasted and braised Karoo lamb with celeriac ravioli, young organic carrots and minted pea purée will leave you scraping the last drop off your plate.
For dessert, the honey-and-poppy-seed soufflé – which is a signature dish of George Jardine’s – is not to be missed. The waiters pour warm crème anglaise into the middle, which creates a little drama, and serve it with a quenelle of vanilla-bean ice cream.
The portions are generous. From the bread service at the beginning of the meal to the petit fours at the end, you will leave abundantly satisfied. This is a feast for your eyes as well as your appetite.
The wine list is big and impressive and features all the Jordan wines, which is more than enough to please. In addition, they offer a good range of carefully selected wines from other estates.
The service is impeccable with well-trained and attentive staff, who cater to your every need without intruding.
This is a contemporary fine-dining establishment but the atmosphere is very informal, with outside patio seating in summer. The floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors brings the outside in, creating a relaxed country feel. The views over the valley with small lake and vineyards in the foreground and a mountain range in the background are spectacular.
A visit to the cheese room to pick out a perfectly aged local cheese is a must. This is served with a few delicious accompaniments – an excellent excuse to pair with one of the dessert wines or ports on the wine list.
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Celebrated chef George Jardine’s fantastic, highly seasonal menus draw acolytes from far and wide. His food is at the same time lacking in pretention and bursting with flavour, high on technique and low on flash-in-the pan trends. Starters may include hot-smoked kabeljou served on a dramatic black risotto nero, the salty flavours balanced by the fresh addition of crushed peas and nasturtium pesto.
Mains bring satisfying, sophisticated dishes like a serving of rich smoked Kroon duck breast with sautéed duck liver and cauliflower jus. The salted hake with smoked mussels and roasted gnocchi also goes down a storm, but the clear winner of the day is a wonderful dish of buttered fettucini with Jerusalem artichoke veloutè, caramelised onion, fried artichoke and goat’s cheese. It’s one of those revelatory dishes that catches you completely unawares with the subtle impact of its flavours – the kind of vegetarian meal that will win converts for the cause.
For dessert, you may fall for the chocolate mousse with white chocolate ice cream, but then you’d be missing out on the superlative experience that is the honey-and-poppyseed soufflé. And you wouldn’t want to miss the seductive experience of those warm, comforting flavours rising from this perfectly cooked confection.
A final dessert option includes the much-raved about trip to the cheese room, where you can have your pick from a substantial array cheese that includes four goat’s milk cheeses, two blues, two gruyères, a Ficksberger, Boerenkaas and cheddars – all local, all perfectly aged, and wonderfully matched by a spread of accompaniments which include poached pears and preserved melon.
The day’s menu will include expertly recommended wine pairings and also the option of full wine pairing. Of course the lovely Jordan wines (all available by the glass) feature prominently, but not exclusively. Quality wines from the likes of Bouchard Finlayson and Newton Johnson also appear, and the mark-up is reasonable.
Warm and friendly. Staff are attuned to diners’ needs without being intrusive.
Even though the food is of superior fine-dining quality, the atmosphere is not at all stuffy, but warm and convivial, especially on winter’s nights when the fire is roaring away. On clear days, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer spectacular views over the verdant valley.
The farm now offers stylish accommodation with breakfast included, which only heightens the temptation to make a reservation for dinner.
Chef George Jardine’s seasonal menu captivates with outstanding flavours, textures and techniques. Sensitively sourced ingredients are prepared with complete confidence, and the end result is food that is unpretentious but delicious and beautiful to behold. A starter of fried and glazed bone marrow on brioche is a masterful exercise in contrasting textures: crunchy croquette, lightly toasted brioche, roasted Jerusalem artichokes and feather-light onion rings. The hot-smoked yellowtail served with spicy sago and charred aubergine boasts exhilarating flavours. Roast lamb, served pink and thinly sliced on a bed of creamy lentils, punctuated with jewel bright bunches of kale, is a standout. The same can be said for the marvellous vanilla custard tart. It may sound simple, but this dish is a masterstroke: crumbly shortcrust topped with velvety custard, layered with whipped nougat, and offset by little injections of tart rhubarb compote and candied citrus. It‘s beautifully plated perfection.
The offering features mainly Jordan wines, along with a few other regional treasures. As matched by sommelier Isabella Immenkamp, the wines are ideally suited to George’s food philosophy.
Welcoming, top-notch service with a smile. Staff are well informed about the menu and possible wine pairings.
You can’t help but feel immediately at ease, stepping into this unpretentious restaurant with its spectacular views over the dam and vineyards. It’s a simple, welcoming space with a sunny patio that’s ideal for summer and a bright, cosy interior perfect for winter lunches.
Comments by the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards judges
“This is easy-going fine dining at its best.” – Arnold Tanzer
“George has a wonderful aesthetic all of his own. It’s less about the pomp, more about creating the perfect mouthful.” – Kate Wilson
“One of the most exciting menus I’ve seen this year.” – Andy Fenner
Technically, this review is for the dessert George designed for the Eat Out Awards - not the restaurant - but my word, was it fantastic! Our whole table fell silent while we let every spoonful melt in our mouths. The creamiest chocolate ganache, the most delicious caramel, some slightly bitter cocoa (I think) to offset the sweetness and that white chocolate ball on the top. Oh and the ice cream! Was it hazelnut? A millionaire's shortbread for the kings! Also, loved that the whole team came dressed in kilts. What amazing spirit from a restaurant.
Ate there 14/10/2013
Location, view, service and food all spectacular, 5 stars all round!
Wow. A well deserved place in the Top 20.
This is a truly great restaurant. We are never disappointed with the superb food and wine, understated service and beautiful space.
On a date with my husband, could not have wished for a better place! Particularly loved the "lightly grilled Yellowtail, herb crust, Ceasar dressed kale and fried capers, followed by the "tartar of salt and sugar cured Blesbok, toasted hazelnuts and celeriac chantilly".
Great wine pairing and pleasant service.
I had the pleasure to dine at this venue on Saturday 1st of December. We were a party of 11 people and the overall experience and service was absolutely phenomenal. 5* does not do it justice. The view and setting alone could have made this evening magical, but we were blown away by the gastronomic experience that awaited us. As a complete tasting meal I haven't had any better in this country, not from any of the other top 10 restaurants which we also visit often. Well done to this exceptional team. We will be back for may more evenings of delightful food and service.
After 14 years living abroad in the Netherlands I was spoilt, again, by the high level of service that exists in South Africa relative to the European continent. The Jordan Restaurant staff are by far, more professional, more attentive, efficient and polite than the vast majority of restaurant staff here in Europe. Compliments too to the innovative chef(s) and kitchen staff for the delicious meal that my family and I enjoyed last Sunday. I'll be back!
Another visit. Another great experience. I hope to see the special winter menu extended into summer. It offers an easy way to taste 4 dishes that I might not normally go for and is excellent value.
An extraordinary experience, faultless in every way. The set winter menu of 4 courses served with 2 glasses of Jordan wine is truly excellent value. George Jardine is brilliant - every mouthful was exceptional and we look forward to returning very soon.
I would love to post this on all public venues but not sure how. This was the second most amazing food I have ever had... (Tetsuya's in Australia runs a verrry close first). The chef's melding of flavours, and differentiation of flavours, absolute attention to detail and preparation left us all with taste buds tingling where we didin't know we had them, and gave us a new experience of food. This man is a genius! We would travel back just to eat his food.
Jordan Restaurant is doing great things for the South African culinary scene. Of all the places I've eaten in what will be 12 visits to the Winelands it is by far my favourite place to have lunch.
A flawless lunch, absolutely delicious! Hope to be back soon.
The most incredible Mother's Day Meal yesterday. Thank you for adding to my special day with my daughter, Sarah.
We were lucky. It was a perfect day in early autumn and somehow there was a softness in the air, and the leaves on the vines, in the soft, rolling landscape, were turning a subtle tone of yellow and red. There was a dam, of course, a girl was throwing a ball to the sheepdog on the sprawling lawns.
The wines, the wines! (I just wish their website would make it easier to locate their wines. I had to eventually Google 'double gold Veritas barrel fermented to get hold of the name) It's Outlier, and it had matured for a year or two. Magnificent. I was sure I could taste sweet melon but the tasting notes proved me wrong.
Then, the meal, the vista. The girl was still tossing a ball to the dog. Someone was taking photographs. The starter of mussels baked in parchment paper was the best I have yet had. The Saldanha Bay mussels (Spanish) were unforgettable, swimming in a gentle pool of coconut milk and lemon grass. (I thought I detected fennel but I was once again wrong, at least according to the waiter. It was not my day in that sense.) I have to say the aioli was simply the lightest I have tasted. I wondered if there was cream in it, but decided not to ask, lest I be proved wrong yet again. It was, how should I put it, a study in lightness. Then the sole gratin was a bit of a let down, I have to say. The poor sole fingers were simply smothered in cheese and layers of potato. No, it didn't work. It was too rich. Potatoes and sole? No, perhaps not. But who cares. I don't even think about that ... as I am haunted by the mussels in a coconut milk sauce .... and aioli as light as clouds.
Well, why say everything was perfect when you can find fault? I thought the salesman at the wine cellar was a bit familiar. "Did you steal my pen?" he barked at a tourist. There's a fine line between being warm and inviting and being too familiar.
Outstanding food, service and wine. Without doubt the restaurant experience of our recent holiday around South Africa.
A fantastic evening at Jordan Restaurant! The food was great, the choice of the wines - one of the best wines from whole South Africa!
We'll come back as soon as possible!
After 4 visits for lunch we were with 10 people for our first dinner at Jordan restaurant last Friday - unfortunately our last evening in South Africa.
From the first to the last minute an unforgettable experience! Sparkling wine for the sundowner and this fantastic view! The tasting menu was "un poem" from the first course, the service fast but very relaxed and so friendly and the choice of the wines - one of the best in South Africa. Thank you very much to all the people from Jordan Restaurant! Sven and the German group - and we'll come back in October!
Had a bad service experienced with my wife this afternoon - waiters are not enough at lunch time. Requested salt and pepper - had to wait five minutes, no one asked "how is the food?" Ordered a wrong dessert, we requested to change another one, our waitress refused and she said the restaurant will either charge her or the customer for the wrong order, if I like the other one, I can order another one again. She had a very bad attitude.
I complainted to the manager after I paid my bill, the manager said this is not their restaurant's policy, if the customer's not happy with the food, they will change it.
The front line waitrons must have more customer service training, otherwise no customer will come again.
A six course set menu which was delightful. The portions were perfectly judged, the service was outstanding and the setting outstanding. Excellent food is alive and well in South Africa!
We now have a new favourite restaurant in the winelands for long lazy Sunday lunches. It is Jordan Restaurant! The whole family, including friends to the children went for the first time this Sunday for a late lunch. We expected fine, but unpretentious, good tasting food, made from the best seasonal produce. And good wines to go with. In a beautiful and relaxed environment. And that is exactly what we had. Plus fantastic service with a smile and one of the best wine knowledge we have had so far. The children were offered steak (done the way we wanted) or fried fish. Served with yummie handcut fries and fresh veggies. Totally good! The rest of us smiled us through mussels in coconut creme Thai style, buffalo mozzarella with grilled figs, loads of fresh bread (couldn't stop eating), awesome osso bucco with polenta, monkfish with porcini veloute made for the gods, porkbelly so tender you could eat it with a spoon. And some extra handcut chips! We had to take an outing to the famous cheese room and came back with four delicious local cheeses and some vintage port. And some ordered the souffle with poppy seeds and vanilla ice cream. All I can say - we'll be back, soon.
Had another amazing food and wine experience last night at Jordan with some good friends. Thanks and well done to George, Louise and staff.
I had the most amazing meal at Jordan's on September 13th.
Exceptional wines, superb cuisine. You get what you pay for - Value for money.
Best Souffle in town. Better than Roundhouse's. But they overcharged! (saw that after we left).
Ate lunch at Jordan recently and was rather disappointed. There wasn't anything wrong per se, but it was just pleasant. The service was friendly and efficient, the ambience was good, with gorgeous views but the food can only be described as good. Nothing fantastic, nothing interesting, just ok food. How is this the number 3 in the top 10? Maybe the degustation menu at night is better but surely lunch doesn't need to be so ordinary? We were rather underwhelmed.
Not Worthy of top 3 finish. Very pretty food lacking any real depth and flavour. Do not recomend
FABULOUS! Great food from someone who truly understands ingredients. The venue/view cannot be better. Worth the drive.