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Fermier Restaurant

Fermier Restaurant
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Cost
Nine-course Menu R550 per person, Paired Wine: R250 per person
Ambience
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Alida Ryder

Food
Adriaan Maree, chef-extraordinaire formerly of Roots in the Cradle of Humankind, is challenging diners with something totally new and delicious at his sustainability-driven restaurant, Fermier.

When you give unadventurous diners only one option and that is to enjoy a seven-course tasting menu, you have to be pretty sure of yourself, knowing that what you’re serving is absolutely amazing. Luckily, Adriaan has that cool assurance that all good chefs have. He knows his food is top notch and he won't be making any excuses for it. His passion for farm-to-table cooking and using every little bit of every ingredient in his kitchen is infectious. Speaking to him, it’s clear that he’s an expert in his field – and that’s confirmed once your plate is set in front of you.

The duck-liver parfait with rillettes, sourdough and salted butter is simple perfection. (I can’t think how they made the parfait so smooth.) It makes for a relaxed, homely start to your meal – something Adriaan is quite serious about. He wants to give his guests a taste of home with a refined twist; what he most wants is for people to feel comfortable in his establishment.

The rest of the menu follows suit with accessible ingredients given a fancy hat and executed exquisitely. A simple fillet of bream is served on top of a fricassee of shiitake, edamame and peas, alongside a quenelle of the most delectable broccoli purée. The purée is so good I could eat an entire bowl of it. This is followed by marron on a bouillabaisse sauce; another serving of duck, this time perfectly paired with coffee, hazelnuts and red cabbage; and two servings of lamb, first the loin and rib served with black garlic, Brussels sprouts and pickled onions, and the second an unctuous piece of braised lamb served in a rich, savoury broth. The meal culminates in a celebration of chocolate: a slab of dark chocolate jelly covered in white chocolate snow, buttermilk sherbet and fresh berries, with a cherry compote and freeze-dried berries to finish it off perfectly.

Drinks
Every month the team focuses on a different wine estate (past examples include Cederberg and Spice Route), choosing only a few wines to showcase. Other options are soft drinks and sparkling water.

Service
Service is friendly and efficient. The chefs come to the table to explain each dish, which is always a treat. Plates are cleared efficiently and our glasses kept topped up at all times. The service doesn’t leave an impression, but then again it doesn't need to. It just needs to flow, and that's exactly what it did.

Ambience
On arrival, the first impression is that you must be at the wrong place. Walking past farm animals, through an almost forest-like environment, you feel far removed from the noise and bustle of the city, but arriving at the simple wood and raw-earth structure is a little perplexing.

But then the wooden panels open and you are invited into a beautiful yet simple dining room. The kitchen is completely open and feels like part of the dining area. This is particularly pleasing when you experience the delectable aromas wafting around the room as the chefs prepare your meal. The restaurant’s rustic simplicity is the perfect contrast to the refined, elegant food. Surrounded by the greenhouses and fish ponds to the one side, and a woodland scene of bushy trees to the other, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d driven for hours to get out of the city. That's the beauty of it: this incredible establishment is a stone’s throw away from the highway and yet it is such as escape. Fernier is an absolute gem.

And…
Adriaan’s dream is for Fermier to be an entirely self-sustaining restaurant, where everything from the fruit and veggies to the fish and meat are grown and reared on the property, and where ‘waste’ becomes food again.

(January 2016)

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User reviews

  • First time at Fermier and cant wait to go back. An excellent experience. Decor smart in its simplicity. Service excellent. A fixed 9 course menu that exceeded our expectations. Presentation excellent. Food excellent. It was so good that we would have loved to start the whole 9 courses again if our tummies allowed it.
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  • My vocabulary will probably fail me in writing a review worthy of the experience my girlfriend and I had at Fermier. As we were seated, I knew we were in for a special evening... white linen napkins set off by a dark wooden table, with impecably clean glass and silverware, my design senses were tingling and I knew this was a special place. Neither E or I are fans of seafood, but on looking through the menu for the evening, we knew we'd need adventurous palates, and we were not disapointed. The Crayfish was incredible! All in all, the courses just seemed to get better and better. Occasionally looking over my shoulder, it was so cool to see the three chefs masterfully plating each dish on the most beautiful, probably specifically crafted, cermic plates. Our waitresses, Jennifer and Chantelle knew each dish well and recommended two beauitful white wines that both E and I will go out hunting to find again. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who has a love for attention to detail, an appreciation for design and a love of good food and wine. Fermier ticks all the boxes like very few other places can. Chapeau ladies and gentlemen on giving E and I an unforgettable experience!
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  • What a treat! Definitely worth a try! Loved every dish, most beautiful starter! Also did the wine pairing with and had a few interesting wines. There really isn't anything I can fault with the service or food. Staff where friendly and although the kitchen is in the dining area and open, it's wasn't too noisy and it was nice watching the masters create each delicious masterpiece. Please just put a few stepping stones in the walkway for ladies with heals and a few dimmed laterns would be beautiful beside the path. Thank you for a memorable evening!
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  • This was the most exceptional meal I've had in a long time. Incredible attention to detail, beautiful flavours and creativity in abundance. How is this restaurant not in the Top 10? A must visit. We will be back very soon. Ten out of ten.
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  • Easily the best restaurant in town. Amazing experience from start to finish. The food is delicious and daring.
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  • Absolutely delicious food, each course was better than the last. Extremely attentive and sweet hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
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Facilities

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

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