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Gregory Landman

Apparently Cosecha means ‘harvest’ in Mexico, and that is exactly what one gets here. The showstopper is the guacamole made right at your table, made as spicy as you like or toned down. The large mortar and pestle mashing the avo and other ingredients is just the thing to whet your appetite. It is served with warm tortilla chips and you can add bacon or cheese to make it almost a full meal.

Other starters include tacos with shredded pork or excellent ceviche with prawn and citrus as well as chipotle meatballs and irresistible serrano-wrapped prawns.

Try the beef enchiladas, nice and rich, or the fish tacos with a citrus salsa in homemade tortillas for main courses and add a side of patatas bravas to make it all go with a swing.

Once you have eaten like this you will never think of Tex Mex food in the same way.

The excellent wines of the estate are served at good prices as well as others from this famous wine region.

Charming and easy-going. The owner is always around to make sure things tick perfectly.

The large veranda overlooking the gardens with just the right amount of lush foliage to shield one from the fierce summer sun is the perfect place to be when you want to relax with the right companions.

Do a wine tasting beforehand and decide what you would like to drink – take some home to prolong the experience.

(October 2017)

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    The food
    The flavours are bold; the fare as colourful as a string of red peppers. Everything is freshly made and wholesome, from the homemade corn breads and tortillas from the bakery to olive oil infusions and homegrown herbs, peppers and vegetables.
    The Mexican fare is influenced by Cosecha’s Californian owners, with a nod to the Tex-Mex cuisine of the US south west. Living up to the Spanish meaning of Cosecha (harvest), the country fare at this artisanal winery is earthy, natural and slow-cooked, made with freshly picked garden ingredients and piquant sauces.
    Snack on warm, handmade tortilla chips with authentic guacamole prepared at the table while you peruse the menu. Drawing on traditional Mexican street food, the delicious bocaditos (tapas) tempt with piquant prawn ceviche, chipotle meatballs, crispy chicken taquitos and black bean empanadas.
    Those with heartier appetites will enjoy the tortillas stuffed with shredded pork, Kingklip or slow-cooked lamb, with smoky, spicy jalapeno, chipotle and borracho beans on the side. And if you’re there for breakfast, tuck into the legendary huevos rancheros or breakfast burritos.

    The drinks
    The estate’s own wines are available, with their Mourvèdre Rosé a great match for the Tex-Mex fare, but you can also order tequila, sangrita (a spicy accompaniment to tequila, usually served in a shot glass and consisting of orange, lime and tomato) and some unusual ales (ginger, red rice and white).

    The service
    Everything is made from scratch, so don’t expect fast food here. Friendly staff members provide informed recommendations on ingredients and styles of Mexican specialties, as well as tequila pairings.

    The ambience
    It’s a family venue in a serene garden courtyard setting with panoramic vineyard, mountain views from the deck and a chic lounge interior.

    The children’s menu and play area will keep the kids out of trouble while mum and dad enjoy a long, leisurely winelands lunch.
    (June 2014)
  • Authentic Mexican fare in a modern wine estate setting. Great for a long lunch over the weekend. The handmade guacamole and ceviche with finely chopped peppers and lime juice stand out from the excellent selection of bocaditos (small plates) with beef and beans tacos; goat’s cheese and pink onions; and citrusy prawns. (EO mag 2014)

  • Food
    The name means ‘harvest’ in Spanish, so expect food with a Latin flair. A selection of bocaditos (small plates) has things like soft tacos filled with strips of beef and refried beans; goat’s cheese and pink onions; prawn wraps with a citrus reduction; and kingklip ceviche with finely chopped peppers and lime juice. It’s really good value for money. For something more substantial, try the chicken fajitas or the pulled pork sandwich with crusty sour dough.

    The small list is well priced.

    Friendly and relaxed, but always there when you need them.

    This is a wonderful setting on the large veranda overlooking the willow trees and lawns of the estate. It is most tranquil and relaxing, and understandably popular with families.

    Phone ahead to book a picnic basket and sit at the side of the lake for a delightful alfresco experience. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • I absolutely love Cosecha! The location is relaxed and pretty, and the decor fresh and vibey. Of course, the reason for coming all the way out to Paarl is for Cosecha's yummy Mexican food. Order the guacamole, which they make fresh at the table - a great starter! The mains are very generous - I had the chicken tortilla and took half of it home for another meal. Previously I've had the pork carnitas, which are a real winner. Our food took rather a long time to arrive.... which is fine to a certain degree when you know it's being prepared fresh. However, this took just too long. On the plus side, even though we did not complain, the manager came to our table and offered humble apologies and a complimentary bottle of wine. This is what good restaurant service looks like. Don't worry - we'll definitely be back!
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  • Great ambience and wonderful food.

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  • No oily tabasco-ed food here. Just fresh and spicy Spanish-inspired flavours in beautiful surroundings.
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  • Cosecha is the Spanish word for Harvest. It reflects their location in the middle of the vineyards. This is a delightful addition to the Cape Winelands for a number of reasons. The farm owners are from California and as such they have introduced their favourite cuisine – Mexican - to the wine region. This is unlike any offering we have had previously in South Africa. The dishes are a celebration of fresh flavours and they strive to try and create the authentic dishes. This is a challenge as some items such as Mexican cheese is not found here. To overcome the challenge of using the correct chillies - they are now growing their own. The restaurant offers extremely good value for money. In fact, it is actually cheap for what you get. As such it would work for locals and foreigners during this credit crunch time! We completely over ordered as we assumed the Light and Fresh section would be starter size portions and ordered three of these and one from the Warm and satisfying section between the three of us. What arrived was a feast! The portions are substantial and each dish was delicious. My two favourites were the Tiger Prawn Taquitos (R48) and the Beef Enchiladas (R75). The mouth watering description of the Tiger Prawn Taquitos was A traditional Mexican street food from the coastal regions, sautéed prawns mixed with chillies, lime and coriander, wrapped in flour tortillas and served with fresh guacamole. It was so delicious I am going to have to sneak back there very soon! Note that they also do picnics for those who wish to have slightly less adventurous food. Location, Paarl wine region. Tip, they are very close to Glen Carlou & Backsberg wine farms - so it is a good idea to combine a tasting at these two estates with a visit to Cosecha. Note that you must head into the Noble Hill Winery tasting room to taste their wines and their innovative flavoured olive oils.
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