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Eight at Spier

Eight at Spier
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Cost
R115 avg main meal
Ambience
Cheap & cheerful, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Bistro fare, Buffet, Light meals, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Hetta can Deventer-Terblanche

Food
It is reassuring to know that everything on the menu at Spier will be good for you. Farmer John is a passionate advocate for biodynamic farming, rearing grass-fed beef, chickens and growing vegetables without harmful antibiotics, artificial fertiliser and pesticides. The menu is planned around this farm produce and is delightfully natural without being overworked on the plate. A simple menu offers less than ten menu choices, ranging from soups – such as creamy cauliflower soup, drizzled with olive oil – to salad options such as chicken and avocado salad. More hearty dishes like beef burger with brie or chicken and mushroom pie served with delicious side vegetables are a good call too. Vegetarians will be contented with options such as goat's cheese soufflé or pasta. Dessert is a straightforward affair with chocolate brownies or a baked lemon pudding served with custard.

Wine
The full Spier range is available by the bottle or per glass, at a small mark-up from the cellar door price.

Service
Service is welcoming and friendly, but it lacks finesse.

Ambience
Cape Dutch architecture, water streams, abundant foliage and oaks blend harmoniously with a modern farm vibe while conveying a clear message of caring for the environment. Recycling bins are prominently marked and strategically scattered all over the Werf. The shaded courtyard, with a play area for the kids, is the place to book in summer. The restaurant is cosy inside, with a fireplace, and the ceiling is decorated with over 10 000 white individually-crafted flowers purposefully re-used from discarded plastic bottles. Nothing is too ornate or over-decorated, but rather understated rural elegance.

And…
Spier Werf offers a lot more than just good clean air and beautiful surroundings. You can also buy food to take home or picnic at the deli next door. Picnics are available on pre-bookings.

(September 2016)

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  • Malibongwe Tyilo

    Food
    Located on Spier wine farm, which prides itself on its farming methods, the restaurant Eight offers a farm-to-table experience, with natural and organic ingredients grown on site or bought from surrounding farms. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or artificial chemicals. The cows are grass-fed, and the chickens range free. The menu is not divided into starters and mains, there are merely ten meals, including a particularly hearty and delicious cauliflower and Gruyère soup, which my partner and I shared as a starter. In addition, there are also three dessert options. For mains, we went with the roasted free-range chicken and mushroom pie served with those organic veggies, and a crispy pork belly served with baby carrots and onion gravy. The food and flavours feel incredibly simple, yet it’s undeniably tasty. I am not the biggest fan of pastry, yet I had to have more than my fair share of that chicken pie. Moving on to the pork belly, the cracking was perfectly crunchy and tasty, with a touch of a citrusy flavor. The vegetables accompanying both meals were also a simple but delicious affair. Finally, we shared the flourless chocolate cake with cream, and the pecan nut brownie with mint ice cream for desert. Both were quite rich, in that “oh wow this is amazing” kind of way, yet as soon you hit the halfway mark you can’t continue anymore. However, the flourless chocolate deserves special mention, so delicious, and moist, and “melt-in-you-mouth” that we pushed past that halfway point.

    Drinks
    You have access to the full selection of Spier wines, from their signature wines to the 21 Gables and Creative Block options. All the wines are also available by glass. In addition, there are also craft beers, smoothies, milkshakes, and farm fresh juices.

    Service
    With such a relaxed atmosphere, you might expect your food to take a little longer – but you’d be wrong. Our starters came quickly, no longer than ten minutes after we placed the order. Our mains followed within five minutes after we finished the starter. Waiters are friendly, and ready to recommend a wine with each meal.

    Ambience
    The farm itself receives day visitors, so expect to see people casually going for a stroll, a family here, a wedding there. There’s also a nearby jungle gym, which makes it perfect for families with young children. The inside also feels quite airy, with white décor, white walls, and an open plan kitchen. For a relaxed atmosphere, grab a table outside under the trees. There’s no doubt that this is a stunning location, which makes you feel like being on holiday.

    And…
    Special mention must be made of Eight’s homemade bread, a delectable treat that will restore your faith in bread (bread gets such a bad rap these days).

  • Malibongwe Tyilo

    Food
    Located on Spier wine farm, which prides itself on its farming methods, the restaurant Eight offers a farm-to-table experience, with natural and organic ingredients grown on site or bought from surrounding farms. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or artificial chemicals. The cows are grass-fed, and the chickens range free. The menu is not divided into starters and mains, there are merely ten meals, including a particularly hearty and delicious cauliflower and Gruyère soup, which my partner and I shared as a starter. In addition, there are also three dessert options. For mains, we went with the roasted free-range chicken and mushroom pie served with those organic veggies, and a crispy pork belly served with baby carrots and onion gravy. The food and flavours feel incredibly simple, yet it’s undeniably tasty. I am not the biggest fan of pastry, yet I had to have more than my fair share of that chicken pie. Moving on to the pork belly, the cracking was perfectly crunchy and tasty, with a touch of a citrusy flavor. The vegetables accompanying both meals were also a simple but delicious affair. Finally, we shared the flourless chocolate cake with cream, and the pecan nut brownie with mint ice cream for desert. Both were quite rich, in that “oh wow this is amazing” kind of way, yet as soon you hit the halfway mark you can’t continue anymore. However, the flourless chocolate deserves special mention, so delicious, and moist, and “melt-in-you-mouth” that we pushed past that halfway point.

    Drinks
    You have access to the full selection of Spier wines, from their signature wines to the 21 Gables and Creative Block options. All the wines are also available by glass. In addition, there are also craft beers, smoothies, milkshakes, and farm fresh juices.

    Service
    With such a relaxed atmosphere, you might expect your food to take a little longer – but you’d be wrong. Our starters came quickly, no longer than ten minutes after we placed the order. Our mains followed within five minutes after we finished the starter. Waiters are friendly, and ready to recommend a wine with each meal.

    Ambience
    The farm itself receives day visitors, so expect to see people casually going for a stroll, a family here, a wedding there. There’s also a nearby jungle gym, which makes it perfect for families with young children. The inside also feels quite airy, with white décor, white walls, and an open plan kitchen. For a relaxed atmosphere, grab a table outside under the trees. There’s no doubt that this is a stunning location, which makes you feel like being on holiday.

    And…
    Special mention must be made of Eight’s homemade bread, a delectable treat that will restore your faith in bread (bread gets such a bad rap these days).

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
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