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De Grendel Restaurant

Cost
2 course set menu R390 and 3 course set menu R425
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

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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  • Greg Landman

    Food
    Using only the freshest seasonal products, much of it from the farm itself, Chef Ian Bergh continues to please his fans from near and far with fuss-free food. Plates look, smell and taste great – what more could you ask for? Innovation and thought always go into the cuisine, making lunch or dinner a delight.

    The salmon, cured in sumac, served with radish, fennel and beetroot, and splashed with crème fraîche with nuances of liquorice to add interest, is great for a lunch starter, as is the excellent alternative of cured ostrich served with root vegetables, quinoa and dukkha to give it a lift. The pork belly is a great favourite, cooked sous-vide style before being crisped in a hot oven, and served with pork medallions and veggies. It’s a real country dish; Cape comfort at its best. The duck leg confit with duck breast and quail’s egg, deliciously offset with pear and port, is rich and pleasing, while the wild-mushroom risotto with asparagus and artichoke, exuding the fabulous fragrance of truffles as it comes to the table, is just the ticket for vegetarians.

    Drinks
    The fabulous wines of the estate are served at cellar-door prices.

    Service
    Members of staff are friendly and warm, with very good knowledge of what goes on in the kitchen.

    Ambience
    The view is, of course, the thing that always appeals, with unimpeded visions of Table Mountain and horses grazing peacefully in the fields as you approach the restaurant. De Grendel is the home of the De Villiers Graaff family and has historic associations that are visible everywhere. Plush seating and great Cape Dutch plates make it even more special.

    And…
    While you’re there, do a wine tasting and take home some more bottles for later.

    (September 2016)

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

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User reviews

  • 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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  • From arrival to departure, De Grendel staff made me and my loved ones feel like we were entering for a small family gathering - GOURMET STYLE! Ambience (quaint) Service (5-star) - catered to our every whim Food (That confit duck-leg) = Gordon Ramsey doesn't come close Definitely gained a returning customer!
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  • Absolutely SUPERB! Great service, knowledgeable and gracious waitress, superb food, amazing view. Will be back!
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Facilities

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

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