Inspired by farm produce, well-known Winelands chef Martin de Kock draws on his classical French training to put a Provençal spin on hearty and wholesome country fare, starting with a tapas platter of farm produce served with freshly-baked vetkoek and roosterkoek. Many of the dishes are inspired by seasonal vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden – as well as preserves, pickles, freshly-baked breads and vetkoek from the farmhouse kitchen.
The stars of the small daily menu that changes weekly are sirloin béarnaise at the popular Thursday night steak dinner and family fondues on Saturday nights. The big crowd-pleasers are slow-cooked pork belly with braised cabbage, Scotch eggs, braised cabbage, and apple in a roasting jus; as well as a free-range chicken pot pie with braised leeks and baby spinach in a Bordelaise sauce. The flavours and textures are earthy and smoky with a surprising gastronomic spin on sides, sauces and garnishes.
Leave space for the hearty apple and berry crumble – or quince frangipane tart. Good value for generous portions and great quality.
Drinks Enjoy a well-priced selection of award-winning Sauvignon Blancs, the signature wine of this Durbanville estate, made in eight different styles.
Warm country hospitality in the tradition of this sixth-generation family farm.
Homely and relaxed behind thick white-washed walls and beams of the old stable. You can also find a spot underneath umbrellas on the long lawn, with sweeping views in summer.
Book ahead for the big Sunday country roast with all the trimmings, which is a big family attraction around here.
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Talented young chef Martin de Kock makes food in tasty bistro style with a twist. Expect generous portions; nothing pretentious, with no alarming frills and inventions. The tapas platter, which changes according to availability, could be waterblommetjie bredie, pan-fried gnocchi with parmesan and butternut, roast sirloin with a Béarnaise sauce, and crispy calamari with smoked tomato – all delicious, in manageable portions.
Mains feature excellent roast duck breast with Jerusalem artichokes and a man-sized homemade beef burger (we are, after all, behind the boerewors curtain, here) with pickled cucumber, tomato jam, chips and onion rings – very satisfying. Larger versions of the gnocchi and sirloin are also favourites, as is the oven-roasted hake with creamed potato and sherry velouté. The standout dessert is the caramelised apple and berry crumble with vanilla ice cream, closely followed by the upside-down pear cake with a poppy seed anglaise sauce. The menu changes seasonally and whenever the chef feels inspired to do so.
Obviously the famous wines of this estate are the way to go, with something to appeal to most tastes and pockets. Try the brand new Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian cultivar, the first on the African continent, deliciously packed with summer fruit flavours and well supported by flinty acids.
Friendly and professional in the country manner.
The place to be is outside under big umbrellas on the grass in front of the historical buildings of this venerable, much-loved old farm. Otherwise, the high-ceilinged, long shed with its bare beams revealing the roof is delightfully evocative of an era long gone by.
Doing a wine tasting and taking home some of their fabulous wines at cellar prices makes all the difference to the day.
Diemersdal has become an absolute favourite with my wife and I. The menu may be limited, but you can tell the amount of attention that has gone into each dish. From the tapa to the burgers and the fish dishes everything is top quality. The style is simple but with extras like homemade mayonaise, parsnip crisps, awesome bearnaise sauce and so on. The wines from the farm are good and the prices are reasonable. Service is always friendly and pleasant, if not extremely efficient.
Where do I start? This place is one of my favourite spots to enjoy the most divine tapas and wine on a sunny day. Diemersdal is surrounded by natural beauty and the food is to die for. The tapas menu changes daily, I've been to this estate for their lunchtime tapas and have never been disappointed. Their tapas, coupled with a bottle of Diemersdal MCC is a match made in heaven. Their food is top notch, service excellent and it's a wonderful overall experience. The waitress even remembered that I prefer brie as opposed to camembert cheese from my last visit, now that is what I call service. Do yourself a favour and go for their tapas. I almost didn't want to write this review as I want it to be a hidden gem!
We always enjoy dinners at Diemersdal. The menu may be small but the quality is always fantastic.