Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant
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R150 avg main meal
Groups, Special occasions
Asian, Fine-dining food, French, Light meals, Modern, South African
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Charlotte Pregnolato

Fans of fine dining will find Chef Kelly-Anne Pietersen's three course daily lunch and dinner menus liberally laced with all the frills, such as a welcoming amuse bouche, superb plating and classic touches. Even so, the most satisfying dishes are along the lines of tender smoked pork neck with mustard mashed potatoes and a refreshing bite of cabbage and apple salad; fish parmetier (fish pie); and oven-roasted lamb shank with potato purée and roasted vegetables.

Starters like tempura prawns are accompanied by sour cream and sweet chilli sauces, deep-fried calamari with aioli, or mussels in a creamy garlic sauce are meals in themselves.

The dessert menu is rich with chocolate, ice creams and seasonal fruits such as apple-and-pear clafoutis served with apple sorbet.

Among the pleasing and polished Benguela wines, shiraz and the award-winning chardonnay are top choices. Very reasonably priced Matilda's Secret range includes sauvignon blanc, rosé and a shiraz that are fine options and easy drinking. The sommelier's wine list offers a selection of wines from the Stellenbosch region.

The wait staff is pleasant, friendly and have been trained well, but service can be uneven.

The best place to sit is at the tables scattered over the grassy lawn with an idyllic view of the lake, or on the umbrella-covered patio. In the evening or on chilly days, the black and white dining room is surprisingly stiff and formal – at odds with the lovely laid-back vibe of the lodge.

Tastings are available from 12pm to 5pm. Taste five wines for R50.

(August 2017)

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  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food


  • 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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