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Diemersdal Farm Eatery

Diemersdal Farm Eatery
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bistro fare, Burgers, Country-style fare, French, Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
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.

Service
Warm country hospitality in the tradition of this sixth-generation family farm.

Ambience
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.

And…
Book ahead for the big Sunday country roast with all the trimmings, which is a big family attraction around here.

(September 2016)

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  • Greg Landman

    Food
    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.

    Drinks
    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.

    Service
    Friendly and professional in the country manner.

    Ambience
    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.

    And...
    Doing a wine tasting and taking home some of their fabulous wines at cellar prices makes all the difference to the day.

    (July 2014)

  • Food is the hero in this comfort zone. Book in advance for the Sunday roast. The menu changes daily but hope for the sirloin with béarnaise sauce and hand-cut chips.

User reviews

  • The restaurant at Diemersdal is simply in a league of its own. From the styling of the menu to the composition of the dishes to the flavours, textures and presentation - it is world class! Congratulations to the chefs! The tapas menu is lovely. The Diemersdal wines are similarly - spectacular.
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  • After reading the reviews for this restaurant we decided to pay it a visit. We reserved a table for 2 telephonically on 7/2/2016. When we arrived there was no reservation and a lot of people running around doing nothing. Eventually we were seated. The starter which was a simple salad with quinoa figs and leaves was excellent. The main course arrived and the first item a beef pie was inedible, the pastry was greasy and tough and had not risen at all. The rest consisting of chicken and vegetables was excellent. The dessert arrived which was meant to be a berry pavlova. There was no meringue just a few crumbs and somehow the figs from the starter had ended up in the dessert. Obviously they had run out and tried to make do - sorry guys not good enough. The service from Yaou (please excuse the spelling) was excellent.
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  • been back the 4th time in 6 weeks ,great food,love your tapas
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  • We have enjoyed the excellent food and eat out experience offered here on an a la carte basis before. We were favourably impressed on Friday night visiting there again as guests of a good friend celebrating a sixty fifth birthday which had been held there. By some structural improvements, which does not diminish the 'historical' feel of the space a cosier and more intimate feel and ambience has been created. We were however really blown away by how Martin (as chef) and Sulize ( as front of shop) together with the rest of the staff managed to prepare, plate and serve a three course meal to thirty guests in true a la carte style so seamlessly and without "effort". Yes to allow for speeches at the appropriate time and the desert to be served without any delay after 55 minutes, rather than the anticipated 15 minutes arranged for the speeches, as admitted by the master of ceremonies. Not a small feat to accomplish with as Starters: Crispy Squid/Sweet Potato Soup, as Mains: Crispy Duck/Béarnaise Sirloin and as Desert Passion Fruit Crème Brule/Dark Chocolate Fondant... All in all a superb culinary experience to compliment a joyful night which had been experienced by all to be remembered for some time still. The description of the restaurant as a "Farm Eatery" must be placed in question. This would only be appropriate if the term would also find application in describing other establishments also to be found on farms as such including Jordan (where Martin earned his stripes as chef); Rust en Vrede and Tokara but to name a few....
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  • My wife and i had lunch here on Tuesday and it was great. The food far exceeded our expectations. I had the hog which included pulled pork and a crispy pork tail. My wife had the sirloin which i thought would be boring but was amazing with the sweetbreads, beautiful sauce and beetroot puree. Well done chef! we will be back
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  • Our family went for the Steak Special on Thursday evenings. We were four, thus it is perfect. Décor and ambience was amazing, but oh dear the food. No no no and no. Furthermore, two of us did not drink wine, upon asking if the other two may have our wine; what an issue it turned out to be. To summarise, the idea is there, but regretfully, very badly executed.
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  • We have just celebrated my 40th birthday at Diemersdal and what an awesome evening. The food was out of this world, the wine awesome and the ambience great. We were a table of 30 guests and everybody raved about the food. Highly recommended. We'll done Chef Martin.
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  • Thank you for a lovely afternoon. Great food!!!!!
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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • We always enjoy dinners at Diemersdal. The menu may be small but the quality is always fantastic.

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Facilities

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

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