To get one off to a healthy start, the breakfast menu includes the ubiquitous “Sun-Up” breakfast, putting a wholesome spin on it by combining two poached eggs, avocado and chunky cottage cheese with rye. Continuing the health theme, they also serve oats with cinnamon, raisins and honey. The all-day offering includes baskets, salads, light meals, pizzas, pastas, grills and there is a special section for the kids – there's something for everyone, any time of the day.
Wholesome, well-prepared and delicious café food, such as a fillet and avo stack with feta, rocket and balsamic; the grilled Thai beef salad with noodles, fresh coriander and a sprinkle of palm sugar, and the Steak-Egg-and-Chips (a 250g of fillet done just right) is a total bargain. The gourmet sandwiches include caramel apple, grilled cheese and bacon or exotic mixed mushrooms and cheese or chicken and spring onion mayo.
Of course the house wine will be Ernie Els, how else. The Clubhouse selection includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Shiraz/Cab. All the other Ernie Els wines are also available.
Dave Khomba was our server and, with an infectious smile and a humorous nature, he happily and knowledgeably guided our food choices. The space is large so the waiting staff must know their way around not to lose track of guests – but they manage well, and service is fast and efficient.
A large bright, airy barn-like space with modern fixtures and fireplaces is at the core of the restaurant. Modern white tub chairs are interspersed with lounge areas with couches to give a greater sense of privacy. The outside areas are meticulous and well maintained as is to be expected of a high-end estate. The only down-side is that entering the estate might be a little intimidating for the uninitiated.
The advantage for customers of an establishment that sort of doubles as the local dining room is that it is open almost around the clock, and that the pricing is very competitive. It would therefore be a nice outing for people living in the immediate vicinity of Mnandi to take the trouble to go for a good meal, and to enjoy pristinely-maintained deluxe country estate living.
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