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Durbanville Hills Restaurant

Durbanville Hills Restaurant
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Modern
Payment
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
This is typical winelands bistro fare with some imaginative twists. Oysters done two ways are a good way to start, either as they come from the ocean, with a drop of Tabasco and squeeze of fresh lemon, or wrapped in Parma ham and deep fried. The braised pork belly is delicious, without being cooked to a frazzle, but the fact that it is cool in the centre betrays that it was made some time before (the waiter warns not to touch the plate as it is hot). The portion is also very small, even taking into account it’s a starter. The smoked duck breast doesn’t have this problem as it is served cold with homemade chutney and a baby-leaf salad. Twice-baked butternut and cumin soufflé should do nicely for a vegetarian, as would the main course of creamy parmesan polenta with a slow-cooked tomato and wild mushroom sauce. The chicken phyllo pie would have been better done in normal pastry as the phyllo is soggy on the bottom, a problem with this kind of pastry, especially when re-heated. The accompanying garden salad with crunchy red onions, baby tomatoes and interesting greens is a fresh as can be, anointed with a delicious dressing, if somewhat more lavishly than necessary. To finish the meal, chocolate lava pudding with white chocolate and pistachio fudge is intensely rich and should satisfy a sweet tooth very nicely.

Drinks
Only the famous Durbanville Hills wines are available, at reasonable prices, by the glass or bottle. No BYO.

Ambience
In terms of position, this place is right up there with the best, with sweeping views down to the distant Atlantic at Blouberg and Table Mountain on the left. In summer, great rolling hills – a sea of vines – add to the appeal. The huge double-volume ceilings and the size of the restaurant do not encourage quiet tête-à-têtes. Day-time dining is better and, when the wind is not pumping, the outside deck is quite spectacular.

Service
Service is very smooth and attentive without hovering.

And…
Do a wine tasting before your meal and go along with the very good wine pairings suggested with each dish.

(June 2015)

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User reviews

  • In Oct this year I hosted my brother and wife here and after a splendid wine tasting experience gave the restaurant a shot - It was tasteless and uninspired all round. A really big let down for all of us and mostly for this incredible venue and winery. The staff are amazing (and you have to try the Pinotage Rhinofields Pinotage 2013). We'll be back for the wine tasting, but rather visit the many other restaurants in the area.
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  • Durbanville Hills do not allow bling guests with there guide dog. They refused Hendri Herbst a paralympic swimmer entry. Sis on you. Its discrimination.
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  • We had lunch there on 30 December 2014. Fantastic food, good service and beautiful views. Chocolate mousse was divine.
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  • It was my 25th birthday on 13/12/2014 and my husband treated me to a fine breakfast experience at this wonderful restaurant! What a fabulous day it was. We ordered eggs Benedict for starters which was divine! It was my first time indulging this delicacy but I am hooked. We then ordered the winemakers breakfast and some wonderful beverages. We will definitely be back for more as I would love to try out the tasting menu!
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  • My boyfriend took me on Saturday evening to this beautiful restaurant for a romantic evening out, just to realized later in the evening that he planned with the manager (Naudet) our engagement. Kim, our waitress was friendly and kept me very well in the dark regarding this amazing surprise. The service was very warm and friendly. We got spoiled with a stunning dessert dish, and received a bottle of the finest merlot rose and 2 crystal glasses as a gift. We would like to compliment the Chef, Naudet & Kim for making this evening the most astonished evening of my life. We really appreciate the exquisite dishes, smiles and best wishes. Many thanks & see you soon. xxx Melanie
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  • Dit was 'n wonderlike ervaring ! Die kos was uitstaande, die diens skitterend. Baie dankie.
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  • What a amazing restaurant , excellent view , great staff and good food .We went for wine tasting and a Sunday lunch ,what a nice experience .The great combination of wine and chocolates, was to die for ,We enjoyed a glass of wine on the deck before lunch , the food was absolutely amazing .We all had the same impression ,thank you chef ,thanks to the waiter for his propositional serves ,we will be back for seconds .Keep it up and thank to all the staff at Durbanville hills for a day that was absolutely perfect.

    Regards
    Renier
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  • Not too bad.
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  • Based on our dismal experience yesterday - cannot order any other drinks except wine and cider; cannot get any bread until you place your food order; only one person out of four had a decent meal; cold baked ricotta; warm oysters, phyllo pastry swimming in butter with some cooked grump inside it. Yet, the most beautiful setting. Won't recommend it and won't return.
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  • Wow! It's been a few years since I last visited Durbanville Hills and what a change. The tasting room looks stunning and we were treated to a divine chocolate and wine pairing before making our way up to the restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food fantastic. I can definitely recommend the venison burger and the seared tuna with black olives and tomatoes. Great view, friendly, efficient waiter and delicious food. Will be back soon.

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  • Had our year end function here. What a total abortion! Most disgusting food with everyone in the party complaining. Surely you can do better than serve McDonalds chips and not forget to take orders. Will not ever support you again and will spread the word.

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  • My husband and I had lunch at The Eatery on Sunday, we were looking forward to a great meal as we love Durbanville Hills wine but we were terribly disappointed. The service was poor, we were left unattended for long periods of time and the buffet on offer was overpriced, limited and mostly tasteless. We definitely won't be recommending this restaurant to anyone and won't be going back any time soon.

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  • A great view out over the Durbanville vineyards from the deck (though it’s often too windy to sit there). The lentil almond bobotie was tasty. Have also had the slow-cooked lamb shank, with parsnip mash, which is really, really good.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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