This landmark for fine dining in the Constantia Valley rests on the reputation of Edgar Osojnik, the Austrian chef at the helm of this classic country kitchen for over two decades. The menus change frequently to showcase the changing textures and flavours of seasonal produce and South African meats, venison and fish.
The menu is divided into the earthy flavours of ‘rustic affairs’ (say, pork belly with all the trimmings) and more complex compositions called ‘indulge’ (say, beef in bone marrow crust with truffle potato). Classic French technique shows in a contemporary spin on old retro standards from Edgar’s Caesar salad to duck liver parfait, DIY steak tartar, mushroom risotto and Wiener schnitzel. Fine attention to detail reaches an art form in the creative pairing and plating of accompanying garnishes, sauces, foams and purees, micro-herbs and fruits exquisitely presented on the plate.
The signature dishes – trusty favourites like springbok in port wine sauce and entrecote in Café de Paris butter – remain, to the delight of the summer swallows who return every season. Vegetarians will find the fabulous Mediterranean antipasti platter big enough for two to share as mains, and enjoy the gourmet treatment of heirloom vegetables and tubers.
Leave room for one of the chef’s inspired desserts – a signature chocolate variation of six exquisite delicacies from fondant and phyllo, kuchen and ice-cream to parfait and mousse.
Excellent wine list from the vineyards beyond the terrace, top Cape estates and beyond. The sommelier advises on pairing food and wine by the glass. The wine is served in fine stemware.
Attentive and polished, with good advice on specials and the composition of dishes. Especially attentive waiters brush the crumbs from the crisp white linen.
Sophisticated fine dining in a heritage Cape Dutch homestead – relaxed by day, elegant by night. Glass picture windows offer spectacular mountain views of vineyards from the covered terrace.
Try the divine pastries and home-roasted coffees on the epicurean breakfast, lunch and tea menu in the cosy coffee house. The estate no longer serves its legendary picnic lunches – but do visit the brand new wine tasting centre that now fills this space.
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