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Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant

Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant
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Cost
Six-course Tasting Menu ‘ The Marriage of Food and Wine’ R635 per person with wine; A la Carte: 3 course at R395, Starter and Main at R315, Main and Dessert at R300; Sunday Feast Lunch R370
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
French, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50 per bottle. 1 bottle per 4 people.

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
Known for superior wines and a breathtaking view, the restaurant at Haute Cabrière has had new life injected into the menu. The kitchen was taken over by chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller in November 2016. Working closely with the cellarmaster, Takuan Von Arnim, the chefs have created new dishes that complement the estate’s wines.

The menu is a refreshing departure from the classic French fare for which Cabrière was once known. Expect a compact menu with strong Mediterranean influences and a hint of South African flavour. The gourmet duo’s menu might offer bold options like braised octopus with smoky paprika, fresh pasta and chorizo, or crumbed pork cheek terrine with chakalaka and baby pickled onions, both of which are superb options for starting your meal. Crispy coriander lamb rib with peas and mint or the kataifi-wrapped goat's cheese sound like delicious alternatives for the less adventurous palate.

For the main event, a melt-in-the-mouth malt-braised short rib arrives with a crispy potato galette and rich glossy jus, fork tender and moreish. The addition of charred leeks and nettle cream complements the flavours of the rich beef, making for a pleasing dish.

The venison loin is a masterful combination of impeccably cooked venison and a study of onions: a smoky onion jus, red-onion tart and onion soubise. Surprisingly, each preparation of the vegetable added a different nuance to this well-executed dish. Also on offer is also a duck pie with cherry jus or steamed kingklip with coconut cream and fresh turmeric.

Finish off the meal with a rhubarb-and-guava crumble with yoghurt ice cream, a light and fruity way to end a meal. The decadent glazed chocolate mousse with Cointreau and dark-chocolate ice cream is a chocolate lover’s dream.

The menu will not disappoint and can be enjoyed as a two- or three-course option. The six-course tasting menu (‘the marriage of food and wine’), created with the cellar master, promises and immersive experience of Haute Cabrière wines.

Drinks
Guests can enjoy all the wines from the estate at cellar price, with options like the Pierre Jourdan blanc de blanc and Haute Cabrière chardonnay pinot noir being firm favourites. Other wines from Franschhoek are now featured on the menu, allowing you to pair one of your regional favourites with your meal.

Service
Personable and rather relaxed, the staff make you feel right at home.

Ambience
The cellar-turned-restaurant is dark and cosy inside, which is perfect for winter or a romantic meal. If the weather permits, the terrace beckons with its sweeping views of the valley. The tables on the terrace are protected with shade cloth to further allow you to enjoy long lazy lunches. Reservations are essential during peak season.

And…
Haute Cabrière now offers a Sunday feast menu, allowing your table to enjoy the bounty of a generous Sunday lunch. Expect a starter; roast beef, venison or lamb; duck-fat-roasted potatoes; and an array of delicious sides. A glass of wine is also included, and the feast is finished off with dessert.

(September 2017)

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User reviews

  • The Marraige of food and wine... Don't waste money. The setting amazing, the pairing of food with wine, incipit. Rather go to Clos Malverne or La Colombé. Seriously disappointed. A dream that was better dreaming about,than experiencing.
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  • Haute Cabrière in Franschoek is just a whole lot of Awesomeness! We recently celebrated my friends Birthday, we were not dissapoonted at all. Excellent service from the Waiter, always there when we needed him.The Sunday Feast Menu was delicious, from the Creamy Butternut Soup, to the roasted aubergine, the vanilla crème brûlée, and my Favourite, bottomless Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose. I have found my Favourite Restuarant in Franschoek.
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  • We decided to visit this restaurant based on recommendation from friends. We were not disappointing! We were offered drinks on the terrace as we arrived, which was lovely to watch the last of the sunset. We were offered the option dining outside, but chose to move in. A lovely menu, as we were 4, each chose different options and shared a bit. Each dish was great in flavour and presentation, with special mention to the pork belly and Franschhoek trout dish! Nice to see that the wine list lists other wines, besides the estate wine, a nice touch when guest tastes vary so much. We happened to drink the estate MCC the whole night, and it worked with all the dishes. We will return, and recommend this restaurant to friends. Service was friendly and efficient.
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  • A lovely dinner. Friendly faces when we arrived to be offered drinks outside to watch the sunset. Crisp cold MCC and they allowed us to order oysters as a pre-dinner course. (oyster option on the starters) 2-3 course menu options, enough choice. We had the veal with was superb, and another favourite was the tempura prawns. Lovely to see a old-school dessert like sago, been given a modern take. We didn't have space for dessert, but will certainly be back to try it.
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  • After seeing a magazine snippet on the restaurant last year, we eventually managed to get round to booking. We arrived for dinner and were offered drinks outside to take in the sunset, and then moved in to the dining room. We were seated at a table overlooking wine barrels, and told it is where the pinot noir is matured. The menu offers something for everyone, we had the prawn starter and the goats' cheese, both pretty dishes, with the goats'cheese winning with its beets done three ways and also an interesting pasty that looked almost like angel hair- but golden brown. For mains we went with the linefish and the duck, we were both adamant that our dish was the winner, but after tasting each other's happy to concede that both were lovely. Happy as both dishes were recommended by our waitress! Wine by the glass on offer was from the the farm range, as well as the Pierre Jourdan range- I am a big fan of the Belle Rose. Other wines are also on offer- but only the by the bottle. We ended up not having space for dessert, but will certainly prepare better next time so we can taste those.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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