006_Benguela Brasserie_06-11-2015

Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

  • Location 044 343 1844
  • Phone Number Lakeside Lodge and Spa, 3 Lakeside Drive, Swartvlei, Sedgefield, Western Cape
  • email info@lakesidelodge.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.lakesidelodge.co.za/restaurant/
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 8am to 11pm

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 4pm

    Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6pm to 9pm; Wine tasting and sales: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 9pm

Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Asian, Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, French, International, Light meals, South African
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Charlotte Pregnolato

Food
For lunch and dinner, choose two or three courses from a menu of starters, mains and desserts. A rich bite of deep-fried calamari in aioli, served as an amuse bouche before the meal, is just enough to appreciate the flavours and contrast of crunchy and creamy. Rainbow bright beet salad with citrus is gorgeous but balls of deep-fried goat's cheese worked against the light fruity dressing. Mains such as simple and tender roast chicken and thick, comforting rump are homey and satisfying, the sides of vegetables offered, less so. The dessert menu can be relied on for at least one chocolate dish like chocolate cheesecake, caramel, and homemade ice cream. On Thursday nights during winter, a selection of curries are offered with all the trimmings.

Wine
The Benguela wines are lovely, reasonable, and most are offered by the-glass. Matilda's Secret Rose 2015, is an excellent Sunday lunch option. A smattering of other South African wines are on the menu as well as a comprehensive list of spirits.

Service
The staff works hard to please and their classical training is apparent from wine-pouring to clearing.  It would be helpful for diners if the wait staff were more informed of the dishes on a daily basis. Roast chicken, described by the waiter as a whole baby chicken, turned out to be a quarter of a normal size chicken – good but not what was expected.

Ambience
Lakeside is descriptive of the view from the modern and casual black and white dining room.  In summer the tree-shaded grassy lawn is delightful or, if you prefer, lunch is also served around the pool area.

And…
A variety of wine tastings such as chocolate and wine for R95 are available. Per head, or weekend cruise tastings on Swartvlei lake are available. Check the website for days and times.

(September 2016)

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  • Charlotte Pregnolato

    Food
    Presentation is a strong point and dishes are beautifully plated on long boards or glass platters. Wooden boards of local cheeses and/or meats served with Benguela Cove olive oil and house-made bread, make for a nice shared casual meal. Lunch fare is quite filling and includes a selection of deep-fried tapas with various sauces, burgers stuffed with pancetta and Parmesan. Even the Caesar salad is a study in richness, topped as it is with deep-fried anchovies, buttery crostini and bits of Parmesan, rounded off with a mayonnaise-based dressing. More restrained options for dinner include dishes like a fish of the day in fish broth, Caprese linguini and "banting friendly" pork Parmigano with cauliflower puree, truffle oil and vegetables.

    Drinks
    The restaurant is a showcase for the lovely wines of Bengula Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Walker Bay, so various wine tasting options (like a chocolate and wine pairing) are listed on the daily menu. Expect reasonable prices and many choices by the glass.

    Service
    The staff are quite helpful, welcoming, and obviously proud of the beautiful presentations on every plate. Recently opened, the waiters are still learning some of the finer details of the food and wine, but are happy to research your questions.

    Ambience
    This lakeside lodge invites lingering over alfresco summer lunches overlooking the lake. The black and white dining room with photo-shopped wall art is sophisticated, if a bit cold. Proteas and orchids on the tables do add a countering touch of softness.

    And...
    Events – such as Sunday roast lunches and Benguela Cove wine launches – are listed on the web site.

    (August 2015)

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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