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Eight at Spier

Eight at Spier
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  • Location +27218091188
  • Phone Number Spier, R310, Stellenbosch, Winelands, Western Cape
  • Website URL http://www.spier.co.za/
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Tuesday to Sunday

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday

Cost
R107
Ambience
Cheap & cheerful, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Bistro fare, Light meals, South African
500

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food 
Billed as a ‘farm to table’ eating experience, the focus at Eight is on fresh seasonal dishes, with plenty of produce drawn from the estate’s biodynamic garden and Farmer Angus McIntosh’s collection of award-winning pasture-reared cows and chickens.

The small à la carte menu could feature anything from a flaky chicken and mushroom pie with fresh garden greens to a sesame chicken salad with Asian dressing, or perhaps a grilled rump with Lyonnaise potatoes.

Brunch is a simpler affair, with the likes of homemade scones, omelettes – from their fresh free-range eggs, of course – and the delicious trout Benedict, which steals the show. In summer, the restaurant occasionally offers a harvest table spread of salads and light dishes, sold on a pay-by-weight basis.

Drinks 
They stock a small but adequate selection limited to wines from the Spier estate. Almost all are available by the glass.

Service 
Service is excellent, considering the relaxed, family-friendly ambience.

Ambience 
On summer days the terrace tables under the oaks are in demand, not least so that parents can keep one eye on their charges clambering over the play area. (They also have a children’s menu available.) Indoors it’s more upmarket, with an airy, barn-like feel and stylish décor.

And… 
The Eight-to-go deli next door does wonderful picnic baskets, if you’d rather settle down on the lawns.

(July 2014)

  • Enjoy food straight from the farm to the table. Weigh-your-own dishes can get pricey, but there’s no mistaking the quality and freshness of the seasonal produce, such as veg from Spier’s biodynamic garden and award-winning chickens and eggs. Great for lunch with the family. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    ‘Farm-to-table’ cuisine is the mantra on a menu where every ingredient tells a story of its origin. Good food starts with natural raw ingredients sourced close to the soil - with herbs, salads and vegetables harvested fresh from Spier’s own biodynamic vegetable farm. Chef Lolli Heyns’ country kitchen creates a daily blackboard menu with wholesome soups, healthy salads, country pie (from pasture-fed Spier chickens), double-baked soufflé and golden scones made using Spier’s free-range eggs laid by happy hens.

    Wine
    Try one of Spier’s acclaimed wines (perhaps the new Organic Sauvignon Blanc) - or a healthy vegetable and fruit smoothie.

    Service
    As fresh and natural as the fare - with a holistic knowledge of food at the forefront of the new organic wave.

    Ambience
    Light and sunny on the terrace or in the arty interior with eco-décor of 14 000 plastic flowers and chic white light shades recycled from plastic cartons.

    And...
    A good energy flow exudes ‘the heavenly heart’ of the first restaurant in the country designed along authentic feng shui principles. (GH, September 2010)

User reviews

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    Very disappointing. Will never be back again. For such a beautiful setting, the restaurant lets you down! Manager is more interested in his personal cellphone communications than the patrons who pay his salary. Got very agitated when asked why at R95 for a salad, the chicken was fried and the 'greens' had drooped (from old age). No mention on the menu that the chicken was fried - about 4 pieces of shriveled pollo! The R110 patty shoved into an old wrinkled roll was a very sad sight and with respect to the other burger franchises, at a fraction of the price, puts this to shame. Shame on you!
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    Great setting (especially for families with children). Great food but oh my word, terrible service.

    Sunday was a beautiful day in Stellenbosch and we were very pleased to get an outside table, however from the word go it felt as if we were asking and chasing whether it be to get drinks, clear the table, order food etc. Once we had ordered the food it took forever to come out. The staff seemed to be clueless as to what was going on and the manager was absent as they normally are when the day is not going so well.

    I must note however that the food was great. The Trout starter and the Lamb Chop mains were superb. I think some work could be done on the kids menu.

    Please sort this out as you have a stunning restaurnat in a stunning location.

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    Great little deli, lovely food. Huge improvement from the previous deli at Spier. Just loved the apple crumble.

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    Always an absolute delight to eat here. Food so fresh - brilliantly prepared and presented. Had lunch, and on another occasion scones and tea. Both meals were perfect!

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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