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The food is classic bistro chic, touched occasionally with South African flavours. Chef Michael Degg’s menu is creative, artistically presented and balanced with flavour. The menu is an expression of the season, offering appetisers such as goat’s cheese complemented with beetroot, walnuts and an apple pickle, or citrus-cured trout served with velvety guacamole ice cream and a creamy lime aioli, contrasting in texture with dill and an almond crumble. Oysters have been a long-standing standard menu item. A variety of salads are available, such as the house Caesar salad or buffalo mozzarella salad, which is packed with fresh natural flavours like plum tomatoes, basil and olives.
Main courses include options such as a perfectly prepared pea and herb risotto with macadamia nuts and smoked fromage blanc, beef sirloin served with braised shin, basil mousseline and creamy butternut purée, or Karoo lamb neck slow-cooked with all the natural herby Karoo meat flavours and served with a home-made spiced sausage.
Dessert is art on a plate (again) with a pre-dessert fantasy of marshmallow and chocolate that is almost too beautiful to eat. Other dessert creations such as frozen peanut butter parfait with chocolate air and whisky jelly – or cocoa nib panna cotta with chocolate and mint crémeux – is tempting enough to skip starters and mains completely and head straight for dessert.
The wine list is compiled and presented by a knowledgeable sommelier who offers not only excellent advice, but provides interesting background about each wine – what a pleasure! The extensive wine list featuring local and international wines, includes estate wine by-the-glass options.
The Delaire team has found that sweet spot where service is of the highest standard; staff intuitively act and follow through where a colleague has left off. Chefs presenting dishes at the table is a special touch. The service cannot be faulted; it is warm and welcoming and the professional staff is well informed.
Experience ultimate luxury, indulging all the senses, as Delaire Graff estate encompasses it all with exquisite views over the Banhoek Valley, lush gardens, a stylish restaurant, art, and objects of beauty all around.
Most of the vegetables and herbs are home-grown in their own vegetable garden.
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The food is refined bistro fare, with South African flavour nuances forming a golden thread that runs throughout the menu. Chef Michael Deg’s cuisine follows the seasons, with oysters a standard menu item. Find familiar South African tastes in dishes such as the cured ostrich with pearl barley and a parsley and caper purée for starters, Karoo springbok loin with a liquorice jus for mains, or the local artisanal cheese platter for dessert. Michael plays with interesting flavours, including Asian ones, and keeps up to date with the latest trends on the food scene, offering delicious combinations such as pork shoulder terrine accompanied with trendy beer jelly, finishing it off with a typical South African sweet note: orange and sultana gel. Other delightful combinations are seared line fish with hake-and-lemon mousse, tamarind gel and cauliflower puree. On the dessert menu, the combination of fennel, liquorice and guava is a beautiful one, or opt for that classic match made in dessert heaven – passion fruit and chocolate.
The extensive wine list features well-selected local and international wine choices, and estate wines offered by the glass. If one takes into account the huge investment that is necessary to create such a luxurious restaurant, the services of a sommelier and the use of top quality stemware, the fairly expensive wine prices should come as no surprise.
The service is warm and professional and staff members are well informed, sharing recommendations in an unobtrusive manner. When a chef comes out to the table to introduce a welcome surprise dish, it is a special touch that connects the diner to food from the heart.
For those to whom a restaurant is more than just about good food, Delaire Graff Restaurant encompasses it all, with exquisite views over the Banhoek Valley, opulent architecture, and artwork, sculptures and objects of beauty throughout the estate.
The view from this restaurant is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country.
Offering lovely bistro-chic cuisine in a fabulous setting, the Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant changes its menu according to the seasons. The à la carte menu for lunch and dinner is a relaxed but delicious affair, with dishes like fish and chips, a fine sirloin steak and a very good Caesar salad with parmesan biscuits and a dusting of biltong. The West Coast oysters are always wonderful, and then the menu has a few interesting surprises up its sleeve, like duck leg terrine with homemade brioche and a toasted custard slice with caramel popcorn and banana sorbet. At night, the impressive tasting menu offers a more structured experience. The latter is once again beholden to the seasons, but on occasion has included a goat’s cheese croquette with beetroot mousse, and springbok loin with celeriac purée and fig jus.
They offer an extensive wine list, sourcing quality wines both locally and overseas, with estate wines available by the glass. It’s the kind of list that demands you take your credit card, though – lots of big players here.
Very good: informed, friendly, accommodating.
Like sister restaurant Indochine on the estate, this restaurant boasts fantastic views over Helshoogte. The interior is very smart, with flamboyant flower displays and orange booth seating, while the outside terrace charms with fairy lights all over and a relaxed vibe.
If you’re in the mood for a bit of sparkle, the Graff Diamonds Store is also on the premises, with gorgeous one-of-a-kind watches and jewellery that will make your eyes pop.
We took a friend from London to lunch on Monday and she has not stopped talking about it since! Everything from the friendly professional service, to the wonderful food (do not miss the exceptional puddings) created a perfect lunch and of course the view is the icing on this gateau! look forward to taking our next guests in a few weeks time.
We had a fantastic evening at this restaurant. Couldn't fault the ambience or service at all. The mains were absolutely delicious. However, charging R40 for a side dish of plain steamed vegetables was highly unfortunate and excessive. If you're not going to make any extra effort on a side dish, do not charge such an exorbitant amount on it. It creates the impression of greed and detracts from the highlights.
I love this restaurant and make a point of visiting it every time I'm in the Cape. The setting is spectacular with some of the most beautiful views anywhere on earth, specially at sunset. The service is attentive and extremely professional while the sommelier is extremely knowledgeable and always happy to assist.
On to the food. Quite simply, spectacular! The lobster bisque is by far my facourite dish of all time and my mouth waters just thinking about it! For dessert the strawberries with black pepper is amazing, so much so that I end up ordering two portions most times!
This is a must try restaurant.
I've been pondering this review.....had a special dinner here a few weeks ago. The setting is spectacular - if you can get there before sunset, you'll be treated by a truly African sunset experience. The venue is amazing - luxury, beautiful art, amazing furniture pieces. But, restaurants are about the food - beautifully plated starters - lovely breads. I didn't enjoy my mains, which was crayfish. I may be obsessing about the fact that it cost R295! The cheese board was amazing, and the service attentive. My issue is the bill! Tough - just under R3000 for 2 couples, one bottle of wine only. So it felt a bit expensive for me, but recommended nonetheless.
I dined here on Thursday 5th April. This is the second time I have eaten here and received really bad service. They make a huge fuss when you arrive, and you spend the rest of your visit pleading for some attention. Our waiter Alex, was easily the most arrogant we have had in years, and we are a family that eats out 3 or 4 times per week, that takes some beating. Also, there is a goats cheese, cucumber and tomato salad (in that order on the menu), which arrives with 99% extremely large, thickly cut , cheap tomatoes. To put it at it's most polite, this is a faciful description of what actually arrives on your plate. It is evident they don't cater for repeat, local diners, but once-off foreign tourists.
The afternoon was truly a wonderful experience. Oysters to start, Cape Salmon for mains and cheese to finish off. Sitting on the shaded deck overlooking the valley in near perfect weather conditions was great. Please expect to pay European prices, but it is well worth it.
We recently enjoyed one of the best lunches ever. Service was sharp and the ambience and views quite spectacular.
A very disappointing lunch at Christmas. Tasteless, badly presented. Extremely expensive for a meal which I left on the plate. We have eaten here a number of times, and this was seriously one of the worst meals we have been served in South Africa. Beautiful setting, lovely crystal wine glasses, great art, and very poor food was our experience this time.
My partner and I had dinner at the restaurant on Saturday 3 December. A special thank you to Morne and Michael for a spectacular evening - great food, exceptional service and a stiff bill ( it was worth every cent ). It was most definitely worth the drive from Cape Town. Highly recommended.
Very disappointing. Chicken served raw and bloodied. Never again.