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De Oude Kraal Country Estate Restaurant

De Oude Kraal Country Estate Restaurant
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Cost
R445 five-course dinner menu
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions, Views
Food
South African
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R100

Critic's review

Lesley Jacobs

An absolute gem 25-30 minute drive on the N1 South from Bloemfontein. The feel of a Karoo farm so close to the city is reality here. Actual sheep, cattle, game and horses roam in eyesight from the dining areas.

A rich family history of traditions can be seen in the 6th generation farmers with gentle feminine décor touches while a distinct roast lamb is almost everywhere to be found.

Food
An upmarket family styled venue with dining options / restaurants with ample outdoors areas which are used for events, functions and weddings. Speciality dishes like the rich lamb neck, creamy samp, traditional farm-style sweet potatoes and spinach are a must. It is clear in the taste of the lamb that sauces are created slowly and cooked from scratch with fresh farm produce. For the more discerning diner, steaks done to perfection with a tiny bit of home-made basil pesto is amongst dishes to be sampled or even a traditional “lamb-potjie”. Slow roasted charcoal grilled biltong lamb ribs served with polenta is just one of the many lamb dishes on the menu that should be sampled at De Oudekraal. The very relaxed menu has home baked pizzas, scrumptious burgers and baked desserts for the comfort eaters too. Portions are sufficient and balanced and one can feel the chef’s passion in presentation of the dishes. Good value for money experience - not only food for the soul, but food for the mind… Vegetarian dishes are limited but the chefs on site will be able to conjure up a dish suitable to the great name of this establishment. When you have time and need to break away from the city life, a trip to De Oudekraal is just what you need.

Drinks
A good selection of wines are available and not priced out of proportion. Worth mentioning is the Italian style brewed coffee served in oversize mugs.
De Oudekraal offers a good selection of local spirits, gins, beers and other lighter drinks with no formal sommelier present, but the manager/waiter Chris has a fair knowledge about the drinks on offer.

Service
Waitering staff were not totally familiar with specials, meals of the day, soups, etc and can definitely fine-tune their waitering skills to suit this establishment.

Ambience
Depending on the time of day, the mood varies here from very relaxed to more formal. Breakfast and lunch times are more family friendly with entertainment provided for kids.

The décor is simplistic, however, it feels like a function should be taking place around you with the seating capacity for literally tens of people.

Best for…
From a relaxed morning function, family weekend, wedding or corporate dinner experience can all be found at this venue. Meals and drinks are reasonably priced and makes this an ideal venue for not just dinner or dining, but an overnight experience.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • We absolutely love De Oude Kraal and all they have to offer. Without a doubt one of the best fine dining restaurant in South Africa. You always receive a warm welcome and quickly feel home. Great service from all the staff.
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  • Had a fantastic experience this week at De Oude Kraal. Fine dining delicious food plated in a creative style. Fresh farm air welcomes you in and then transformed to a luxury dining journey.
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  • My husband and I have been staying over at De Oude Kraal for the past 26 years. The standard has always been superb and every time we arrive at this lovey home away from home, it is clear how management keeps on improving and expanding. It is done in such a clever manner, since the warm and hearty welcome, the ambience, every small detail and especially the five star dinners, the lovely coffee and cake in the afternoons and the wonderful breakfasts included in the rate, always remain a treat! We feel like family and are treated in such a manner. We will continue to visit De Oude Kraal and we recommend this unique experience to every peson with good taste!
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  • What an incredible experience, the old manor house, located in the countryside with its various dining rooms, warm fireplaces, beautiful verandahs, the bar with the biggest tie collection I have ever seen, beautifully set tables with candle light... and then there is the food... the 5 course fine dining experience, perfectly proportioned, incredible flavours, beautiful plating and complemented with outstanding wine - the restaurant recieved various plantinum awards for their wine list as well as South African dining out awards - all contributed to an amazing amazing experience.
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  • Top class food with a great wine selection the 5 course fine dining is a must! Friendly staff and warm-hearted serves. Definitely, a place to go back to.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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