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De Grendel Restaurant

Cost
2 course set menu R415 and 3 course set menu R455
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
Chef Ian Bergh has been here for so many years one has to wonder how he and his team manage to keep things still tasting fresh and delicious—but he and they do. Portions are manageable and flavours are intense. Dishes look irresistible but not too precious for their own good. The menu tantalizes by only listing the ingredients in the dish without any flowery language which sometimes does not eventuate on the plate. Here things like Char Sui pork belly with kimchi, pear, daikon and crackling is a delight of flavours and textures slightly sweet and sour with a little bite to keep it all on edge. The tuna tataki with pineapple, cucumber and black bean chili is a revelation of Eastern influences perfectly used. A white chocolate brownie with mango sorbet and panna cotta makes a delightful ending. The superb award winning wines of De Grendel are sold at cellar door prices—a definite plus.
Service
Smooth, friendly and knowledgeable staff who have been there for many years.

Ambience One drives up to the restaurant through a long avenue of trees with horses grazing in the meadows, and geese ambling next to the lake. In the distance is one of the best views to be had of Table Mountain from anywhere in the Western Cape. When the weather is perfect the place to be is on the terrace, otherwise the comfortable traditional interior will do nicely
AND Do a wine tasting before your meal to see what will go well with what you will eat.

Best for...
Fine dining with a view to die for.

(2018)

 

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

 

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  • Richard Holmes

    Food
    Details, details, details. From the Delft-blue Mervyn Gers underplates bearing the Graaff family crest, to the delicate flourishes on every plate, nothing seems to miss the keen eye of Head Chef Ian Bergh. Not that De Grendel dishes up frivolous food. No, there’s authenticity in technique and ingredient on every plate, and Bergh takes provenance seriously, but it’s matched by a modern twist that makes dining here a pleasure every time.

    The menu is deliberately vague, listing ingredients with no indication of what’s been done with them, ensuring each dish arrives as a welcome surprise. Let’s not spoil it here, but rest assured that a starter of salmon, purple carrot and maple crème fraîche is unforgettable, matched only by pork fillet with apple and cider notes. Absolutely delicious.

    Drinks
    A wonderful list built around the award-winning De Grendel wines, at cellar door prices with most available by the glass. A selection of ‘friends and family’ estates fill in any gaps in cultivars, while the estate vinoteque offers older vintages at expected mark-ups. Also look out for the De Grendel Obex Cider; a great match with the roast pork.

    Service
    Smart and snappy service from highly professional waiters.

    Ambience
    A warm and inviting space blends charming décor with some of the best views in Cape Town. The terrace is ideal for balmy summer days and Table Mountain vistas, but in the chill of winter you’ll be happy enough indoors with the richly upholstered chairs and striking wallpaper. Picture windows offer views into the barrel maturation cellar or the bustling kitchen.

    And…
    Remember that children under 12 are not allowed for dinner.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Richard Holmes

    Food
    Details, details, details. From the Delft-blue Mervyn Gers underplates bearing the Graaff family crest, to the delicate flourishes on every plate, nothing seems to miss the keen eye of Head Chef Ian Bergh. Not that De Grendel dishes up frivolous food. There’s authenticity in technique and ingredient on every plate, and Bergh takes provenance seriously, but it’s matched by a modern twist that makes dining here a pleasure every time. The menu is deliberately vague, listing ingredients with no indication of what’s been done with them, ensuring each dish arrives as a welcome surprise. Let’s not spoil it here, but rest assured that a starter of salmon, purple carrot and maple crème fraîche is unforgettable, matched only by pork fillet with apple and cider notes. It’s absolutely delicious.

    Drinks
    The wonderful list is built around the award-winning De Grendel wines at cellar door prices, with most available by the glass. A selection of ‘friends and family’ estates fill in any gaps in cultivars, while the estate vinotèque offers older vintages at expected mark-ups. Also look out for the De Grendel Obex Cider, a great match with the roast pork.

    Service
    Expect smart and snappy service from highly professional waiters.

    Ambience
    A warm and inviting space blends charming décor with some of the best views in Cape Town. The terrace is ideal for balmy summer days and Table Mountain vistas, but in the chill of winter you’ll be happy enough indoors with the richly upholstered chairs and striking wallpaper. Picture windows offer views into the barrel maturation cellar or the bustling kitchen.

    And…
    Remember that children under 12 are not allowed for dinner.

    (September)

    Eat Out reviewers dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Click here to read our editorial policy.

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User reviews

  • The standard remains high. Karoo lamb was exquisite, trio of pork, delight on a plate. Service excellent with attention to detail, thank you Christopher. Chef Ian, thank you for the delightful treat! Another memorable dining out experience @ de grendel restaurant.
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  • I took my wife there for an anniversary dinner and the staff made the whole experience unforgettable! Wow, the service we received was top notch and the food was unbelievable. The view from the restaurant is something special, overlooking Cape Town and table mountain. We were even treated to a special Happy Anniversary desert plate. Will definitely return for more special evenings.
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  • Great food and great view. Excellent wine pairing with each dish.
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  • Everything was excellent. Amazing food, wine, atmosphere, decor and view. What a treat. I have no idea why they are not in the top 30. We had another dinner at a top 30 property that wasnt nearly as good. To the whole De Grendel team you are fantastic.
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  • An amazing drive towards this splendour... It is a "lushy green" drive. Horses are gracefully and peacefully grazing as we approach the restaurant. It is indeed a warm and welcoming sight.The reception is also warm and inviting. It is evident that the staff is well trained. Their approach when serving clients is professional and poised. Over and above that they are well groomed.We are conflicted as where to sit. Inside is warm, homely and the décor is pleasing to the eye. Outside presents a freshness, I am not sure why exactly such freshness but I am sure it has something to do with the untrammelled views of table mountain; just as it appears on postcards.We sit outside, beautiful views and serenity. We ordered a bottle of De Grendel wine 2014 Shiraz. It is beautiful, silky wine the lingers on the palate. There is an intensity about it but it is pleasing to the taste buds.I choose Duck leg confit, duck breast, quail egg, crispy leek, potato, pear, port and sugar snap - This was a very creative dish with ingredient standing out yet subtle enough to allow integration of spices. It is an edgy dish. I love the pear and port combination: pleasing to my palate. I paired my dish with De Grendel Pinot noir. One, Michael Olivier (My favourite food writer) said " Pinot Noir is one of the most food oriented wines. I always think of Pinot Noir as a red wine trying to be a white wine". Well the wine complimented my dish perfectly.The serving plates are rustic and beautiful, they have a resemblance to my Grandmother's ones. I love them- nostalgia.My date had Pork belly, fillet, pumpkin, carrot, apple, cider, aubergine and beetroot - This dish is delightful and modern yet there is an element of comfort food in it. It is contemporary soul food.NB: Though satisfying, the portions are small.For dessert we shared coffee bavarois, cake crumble, nougat, meringue, ginger bread ice cream, pecan nuts - It was a smooth finish to a beautiful day. Just one spoon, melts one's heart.This was my second time and the experience was as beautiful as the last. Their menu changes frequently but I hope that the 2017 menu is as beautiful as the 2016 one.Relaxing environment accompanied by creative cuisine. It is a winner
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  • Once again this restaurant lives up to its high standards and the food was outstanding. We all had the 3 course menu and everyone at the the table was suitably impressed. The service from Adri our waitress was superb and I can highly recommend this restaurant!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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