Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

  • Phone Number 0443431844
  • Location Lakeside Lodge and Spa, 3 Lakeside Drive, Swartvlei, Sedgefield, Western Cape
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  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 11pm

    Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 4pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6pm to 9pm; Wine tasting and sales: Tuesday to Sunday 12noon to 5pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    (August 2015)

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Benguela Brasserie at Lakeside Lodge is a luxurious, modern restaurant situated in Sedgefield, near Knysna in the garden route. The atmosphere at the brasserie is relaxed, friendly and informal and the dining experience truly memorable. Enjoy a 3-Course dinner for R380 per person. A complimentary chauffeur service is available for guests residing in the Sedgefield area.

Curry Thursdays

What would winter be without a steaming plate of curry?
From May to end September 2017

Curry: R150 per person
Trio of curry: R175 per person

Contact us for bookings and more information:
Benguela Brasserie - Curry Thursdays Special

Sunday Roast

Enjoy a delicious roast every Sunday at the Benguela Brasserie.
2 Course: R285 per person
3 Course: R310 per person

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Winter Warmers
Click on the link below to view the Winter Warmers Menu at Benguela Brasserie
Benguela Brasserie - Winter Warmers

Valid from - 2017-02-18 - 2017-10-31


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

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