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Bread & Wine
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Cost
R365 for 2 courses, R405 for 3 courses
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Fine-dining food, Pizzas
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Ilse van der Merwe

Food
Chef Neil Jewel is acclaimed for his uncomplicated seasonal menus that change “on a whim”. The menu provides a choice of a two-course (R365) or three-course (R405) feast with choices between 6 starters, 6 mains and 4 desserts. With a restaurant name like “Bread and Wine” you’re right in assuming they do both exceptionally well on this estate. The complimentary generously portioned warm bread basket (also including a seedy banting cracker) with condiments like smoked butter, whipped beef fat and anchovy & garlic dip is an exceptional treat and not to be missed. Innovative starters like the drop-dead-tender char-grilled octopus with rice sponge and XO sauce will delight seafood lovers, and Neil’s chicken rillette with brioche, warm mayonnaise and watercress is a testiment to his charcuterie and preserving skills. Or try the marinated aubergine salad with garlic nougatine for a vegetarian option.

For mains, meaty options like the Boschendal beef short rib with bone marrow and beetroot juice will hit the spot, or opt for the pan roasted Impala loin with hibiscus and punchy sweet and sour pumpkin. Vegetarian options include roasted eryngii mushrooms with polenta, parmesan custard and baby leeks - rich in umami.

For dessert, try the pink grapefruit cheesecake with Breton crumbs and yoghurt sorbet, or opt for the Paris brest with apple, ricotta and heavenly salted toffee ice cream.

Drinks
Bread and Wine’s wine list offers the full range of Môreson Estate wines, some also served per glass. Not to be missed is the Môreson Mercator 2015 - a spectacular chardonnay that they are well known for. Or start your lunch off with a bottle of vivacious Miss Molly MCC.

Service
Service is professional, welcoming and very friendly.

Ambience
It is impossible not to be mesmerised by the tranquility and beautiful surroundings of Môreson Estate. Sitting in their courtyard, you are almost surrounded by lemon orchards hanging heavy with fruit. A stream runs peacefully along the side of the restaurant and large leafy trees provide ample shade. Once settled at your table in the courtyard (weather permits) with a glass of bubbly or chardonnay and their characteristic generous bread basket, it is difficult to imagine a more perfect countryside spot to be in.

Best for...
Best for a slow lunch after doing a wine tasting next door, with a group of special friends or family. They have a clever kids menu (designed by Neil and Tina’s kids for kids), consisting of a homemade lemonade and choices of main course and dessert for only R76.

(2018)

 

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  • Zola Nene

    Food
    Situated on the grounds of the picturesque Môreson wine farm, Bread & Wine is headed by charcuterie master Neil Jewell. The restaurant has a small, concise menu comprising of seasonal ingredients that make up the starter, dessert and main course selection. Diners are given the option of choosing a two- or three-course meal which includes dessert. Diners are greeted with a basket of freshly made bread accompanied by a selection of butters and spreads as well as a bowl of marinated olives. Starter options include the signature menu item of the restaurant which is the charcuterie platter comprising of Neil’s amazing homemade charcuterie – the platter includes Spanish salami spiked with paprika, hazelnut salami, country ham, cured sausages, chunky pork rillettes and crisp flatbread, to name just a few.

    If cured meat isn’t your fancy, then the curried sweet potato soup with crispy fried calamari may be more your taste, mildly spiced with red curry paste garnished with fresh vegetables and coconut. For main course, choose from pan seared line fish tagine served with baby vegetables or Karoo lamb cooked two ways with potatoes and waterblommetjies. For vegetarians, butterbean agnolotti pasta with artichoke is offered as a starter and pearl barley risotto with celeriac and mushrooms as the main option. There is also a selection of side dishes on offer should you wish to bulk up your main course, try the cous-cous fritters or the celery and truffle purée for sides that are a little different from the norm.

    For dessert, choose either the deconstructed lemon meringue pie served with apple sorbet or a show-stopper crisp Paris Brest with chocolate mousse and coffee jelly served on a wooden tree stump. For those without a sweet tooth, a cheese board comprising an assortment local cheeses served with chutney and homemade crackers.  The meal is completed with an assortment of homemade petit fours – nut toffees, almond cookies, date balls and biscotti.

    Drinks
    The wine list consists only of Môreson wines to order per glass or as a bottle. Wines are also offered to purchase by the case at cellar prices.

    Service
    The service staff members are friendly and attentive.

    Ambience
    On warm days when the sun is shining, tables are set under the trees for perfect alfresco dining, giving you full view of the lemon trees and vineyards. The restaurant is very child-friendly, with the restaurant supplying toys for kids. There is plenty of space for them to explore and run around in the garden in safe view of their parents.

    And…
    Bread & Wine offers both bread- and charcuterie-making courses, which vary in price and time depending on your selection. The bread course includes a baking masterclass as well as wine tastings and lunch. The charcuterie course is a two-day affair hosted by Neil Jewel himself.

    (August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Our family has always loved Bread & Wine - the beautiful location, the wines, Neil Jewell's charcuterie platter... booking a meal here has always signalled a very special occasion. So for my mom's 75th last weekend, my sister booked a weekend for all of us in Franschhoek, and lunch at B&W. To say it was a disappointing is like saying Donald Trump is a harmless buffoon. Disclaimer: I am no internet troll, I'm writing this as a serious food nerd who has always ALWAYS loved B&W's simple, pared down, totally delicious food. I was genuinely pained at what we were served. I was sad. Sad for my sister who had planned this special occasion and sad for my mom who had such happy expectations of the meal (the weekend was still a triumph). Food isn't supposed to make you sad. Firstly, there was no charcuterie platter on the menu at all. This should have tipped me off, but there was coppa with buffalo mozzarella, so maybe it will be OK, I thought. There was also chargrilled octopus with potato and chermoula - and knowing the style of food I'm used to at B&W I hoped it would come close to the simply-grilled, caramelised and smoky deliciousness of the first real octopus I ever had in Turkey. It didn't. The coppa was served with a mozzarella "pannacotta" of sorts on a bed of totally unnecessary, overworked greens. Hm. I was told the octopus was cooked sous-vide (to keep it tender) and then grilled (good plan), but any semblance of chargrilling was entirely lost under a blanket of "potato" goo. As a result the tentacles were slimy and because they were chopped into small pieces they mingled unpleasantly with a layer of oily peppers and unidentified greens that turned up at the bottom of the dish just when you thought you were safe. I couldn't finish it. This is unusual for me. The rest of the meal was equally out of character - slightly undercooked quail topped with a strangely unappetising piece of crispy "skin" with a hole in a worrying position; totally undercooked leeks in the risotto and a semi-freddo full of the kind of inexplicable textures you'd rather forget. After the octopus and the quail I didn't order dessert (I was too afraid), but the same textures and weirdly unappealing flavours turned up in the complimentary petit fours... I know, I know – no one forced me to try all of them, but who can resist a free petit four? I don't want to labour the point. Perhaps I already have, but it was as though a strange fine-dining curse had been placed on the kitchen that day by the Lord Voldemort of restaurants. That's the only way I can explain it. I hope it will pass.
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  • We had lunch at Bread and Wine at Moreson wine estate following a wine tasting. We chose the 2 course option with starters of a bruschetta with aged ham, mozzarella and lemon, and egg pappardelle with asparagus. Both were very good dishes the pasta very light and the ham full of flavour. For mains we had seared yellowtail and the risotto and quail dishes. The quail was cooked beautifully and the risotto was pearl barley not the usual rice and included turnips and leeks. The yellowtail had a fantastic crispy skin and the puree was delicious. This was all followed by complimentary petit fours. The wine tram does call at Moreson but this time we drove so i had just one glass of Miss Molly sparkling wine named after their beloved Weimaraner.
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  • excellent venue. child friendly. brilliant wine and amazing food. curry souce with yellow tail highly recommended. rump soft as butter. children’s pic and mix platter is refreshing and recommended. wine complements the food and atmosphere. my kids loved the place.
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