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Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel

Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel
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  • Location +27 21 863 5100
  • Phone Number Grande Roche Hotel , Plantasie Street, Paarl, Winelands, Western Cape
  • email christine@granderoche.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.granderoche.com
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7am to 10.30am

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 2pm; High Tea: 3pm to 5pm

    Dinner: Monday to Sunday 7pm to 9.30pm

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Cost
A la carte averages three-course R485, four-course R585, six-course (a la carte selection is available)
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, International
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Hetta van Deventer Terblanche

Food
Bosman’s is known for formal dining created by a brigade of skilled chefs, and after all these years they still do not disappoint. They stay purist in their menu choices, presentation and way of serving. The menu changes seasonally but starters may include delicacies such as luxurious pan-fried crayfish tail, served with a silky avocado crème and a touch of tandoori spice. Main courses such as roast kabeljou with sea scallop, pork belly and braised onions, or dry-aged rib eye with port wine-onion compote and creamy sauce charcuterie are prepared to perfection and artistically plated. Expect to find some of the chefs’ favourites from their respective home countries, such as Austrian bread dumplings and Wiener Schnitzel, on the bistro-style menu. Desserts offer a good balance of seasonal fruit and decadence, the latter celebrated with chocolate, cream and caramel. The cheese board will delight cheese aficionados with a good selection of local and international cheeses.

Drinks
This is one of the best wine list compilations in the country, covering South African as well as international wines. Wine prices ranges to suit every pocket and a sommelier is on hand to recommend and advise. Selected wine by the glass is priced from R35 and up.

Service
Staff members convey old school charm without being pretentious. Service is slick, unobtrusive and professional.

Ambience
It’s a formal interior with touches of shiny brass and sparkling chandeliers. Although the formal dining room is perhaps not an obvious choice for everyday dining, Bosman’s imbues timeless elegance and is a good choice when you really want to experience luxurious dining.

And..
Enjoy more casual bistro-style food from Bistro Allegro for lunch, while taking pleasure in the exquisite views over the Drakenstein Valley.

(August 2015)

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    Food
    This is classic international cuisine, but with a nice South African touch, in the sense that local ingredients are often the hero on the plate. During daytime, indulge in dishes like beef carpaccio with marinated oyster and baby beetroot, followed by seared yellowtail with wasabi risotto and pickled ginger, finished by a dreamy crème brûlèe with lavender ice cream and poached apples. At dinner time, the tasting menu treats with items like smoked snoek and poached oyster with wild rice, roasted quail breast with spiced sweetcorn parfait, springbok loin with cranberry gel and sage jus, and a very tempting salted caramel toffee log consisting of, among other things, dark chocolate jelly mousse…  If you’d like fewer courses and more choice, opt for the à la carte menu, which also has some intriguing options.

    Drinks 
    Whereas the lunch menu features a short and concise wine offering, dinner comes with a very comprehensive wine list. The latter boasts an informative introductory section about SA’s wines and the different regions, and then the wines are arranged under varietals, and sub-divided into regions. Decent by-the-glass offering.

    Service 
    Smart and professional, with good attention to detail.

    Ambience
    Located in one of Paarl’s grander (possibly grandest?) hotels, the interior and feeling is one of old school glamour and class.

    And...
    Why not make a night of it and stay at the hotel? There are worse things in life than waking up to the sight of the Paarl vineyards.

    (July 2014)

  • Food
    Long one of the places to eat in the winelands, Bosman’s continues to hold sway as a destination par excellence for fine dining. Elegant, relaxed, and about as haute as you can get, the menu does not overpower with a vast range of choices, and still delivers on all counts. Starters include chilled gazpacho with oven-roasted crayfish tail, and truffle-flavoured goat’s cheese with marinated vegetables. Both are irresistible. Carnivores will love the jus-glazed beef fillet or the pan-fried sirloin with mushroom crème and French fries – so simple and so effective. Never has spaghetti carbonara (with spinach and crispy bacon) tasted so good. Trying to choose a dessert will be difficult, but try the chocolate soufflé with caramelised bananas to go out with a bang.

    Wine
    This is an extensive prize-winning list with some of the best local and international options.

    Service
    Slick and professional service from knowledgeable staff.

    Ambience
    The restaurant is very elegant, with gleaming wooden floors, crystal chandeliers and expensive drapes; it’s the kind of place you can linger for hours while being pampered.

    And...
    Should a more casual atmosphere suit you, try the Bistro Allegro. (GL, October 2012)
  • Graham Howe

    Roland Gorgosilich combines classic and contemporary cooking techniques in one of the country’s best degustation menus. I rate the chef as one of the top exponents of fine dining in the classic sense in South Africa. Visit for a blow-the-budget special occasion and order sweetbreads and seared scallops, yellow fin tuna in dashi consommé and the pork belly and black pudding. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • We stayed at Grande Roche Hotel on the 18th and 19th May 2013 and had dinner at Bosman’s Restaurant on the Saturday evening.

    The service was excellent. Wine menu extensive and knowlegable, but unfortunately the portions was very small and the prices were way over the top. Only 4 tables were occupied and that for a Saturday evening.

    Ambience of the restaurant was a bit on the stiff side and with the reception are of the hotel looking onto the restaurant and diners.

    Your money could be spent elsewhere at a better restaurant.

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  • Prices are over the top and portions of food is very small.

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  • Certainly this is the place for an evening. Ours was unforgettable. Spectacular setting (even on somehow misty day) and grand food. I enjoyed both mine kabeljau with ox tail reduction, and perfectly done duck breast and my partner truffled goat cheese was so expertly paired with different kinds of vegetables. Wine advisory was really competent.

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  • Today we had a very nice lunch. The special offer was very, very nice and afterwards we had a coffee inside and listend to the pianist, only the coffee we did not like!

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  • I had a group of Swedish tourists who were totaly blown away. They had eaten fish all over the world but nothing compared to the Kingclip served on the patio overlooking the vineyards - thank you.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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