Try the meaty platter with five cured meats, home-baked bread, olives, pickled gherkins and boiled eggs, then go on to delicious pork chops with apple purée or the real Cape bobotie, or even perhaps snoek cakes, with garlic cream and mash. Finish with rich chocolate fondant with a yummy soft centre and mango syllabub.
The wines of Meerendal are all available at good prices. The wine tasting section also forms part of the deli.
Attentive and friendly unless they are very busy, in which case things slow down.
Delightful inside the house with its elegant air of yesterday and even better on the terrace or the lawns when the weather is more clement.
On Sundays there is a gargantuan and very well-priced Cape Table buffet in the Barn and Lawn that is not to be missed. Book ahead. (GL, September 2010)
What a horrible experience. We visited Meerendal and decided to pop in at the bistro for a cup of coffee and something sweet. First of all there was no one to show us to a table. When finally seated, we waited forever to get a waiter's attention. I noticed that about eighty percent of people seated in the restaurant did not have any food or drink in front of them - a clear indication that service would be very slow. We decided not to order any food, but only to drink a cup of coffee and be on our way. We ordered two coffees, a pot of tea and a soda for my son. The tea and the soda never came, so we paid for the coffees and left. Our waitress was unfriendly and seemed totally overworked. No apologies for our bad experience. I will not recommend this restaurant and will not return.
Went here on a team social and had the best time. It was a crisp wintery day, the fire was roaring in the lounge and we sat inside surrounded by old paintings and plush carpets. You can also sit outside which must be nice in summer. We all had the pork or fillet, absolutely excellent, and desserts are to-die-for! Lovely old school wine farm sort of place, for a special occasion or just to enjoy a cheese platter and some good wine on a sunny day.