Idiom Fine Dining Restaurant

Idiom Fine Dining Restaurant
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Greg Landman

After celebrating 10 vintages of award-winning Idiom wines, the Bottega family embarked on a new adventure in June, with the unveiling of a restaurant on the estate. The menu seeks to cater for most tastes, ranging from a deli-style platter and regional Italian thin-based pizzas to more serious offerings in two-, three-, or four-course menus. The platter boasts Italian cold meats and cheeses with marinated mushrooms, zucchini, artichokes, olives, grilled peppers and excellent freshly baked breads. It’s very Italian – all deliciously fresh and appealing – and all goes very well with their wines.

The burger is also winner, visible on almost every table. It’s made with Glen Oakes pork and grass-fed beef and comes topped with Wagyu marrow, caramelised onions and rich aioli. The shiraz-glazed rib-eye is a carnivore’s delight in a generous portion intended for two, served with cumin-and-lemon sweet potato and roasted root vegetables.

Eight pizzas feature imaginative toppings like portabellini mushrooms, caramelised onions and wild boar salami. One particularly intriguing option involves smoked ostrich carpaccio on a chutney base, with mushrooms and prickly-pear syrup.

The two- and three-course menus include the likes of seared salmon, flamed beef fillet, and braised pork belly with apple and star anise, and fabulous tiramisu for dessert. The panko-crusted Mozambican prawns with crushed wasabi avocado and creamy rich asparagus risotto starter is delicious.

There is no liquor licence at present, but the superb wines of the estate can be bought at the Tasting Centre and taken to the table for consumption. There’s no BYO.

Staff are friendly and knowledgeable but things slow down considerably when the kitchen is busy.


This magnificent new building overlooks some of the most spectacular views in the entire Cape, right down the valley with the mountains towering behind and the distant waters of False Bay ahead. The glass walls make maximum use of the views all around. The place is wildly popular with families on the weekend. The many children present tend to add to the noise level, which is not conducive to conversation. For a calmer experience go during the week and relax in splendour.

Clarify directions, which are really quite simple, before going. Reservations are absolutely essential on the weekends.

(September 2016)

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  • Another top-class restaurant overlooking Gordon's Bay in the distance, situated high up on the Hottentot Hollands mountain range. This is not only a fine-dining restaurant, but also a bistro/pizzeria fulfilling the needs of those with a limited food budget. Following a superb wine tasting we ordered pizzas that could not be faulted. Thin baked crusts and a wide choice of toppings. We were able to order a pizza without cheese for one of our party who is allergic to cheese. The full menu has a pricing structure and food options at every level, including a children's menu. There is a 2 or 3 course wine pairing menu which we will partake and review later, but from what we heard from other diners, we don't expect to be disappointed. Its Italian ownership and overall influence is reflected in both its food as well as its wines. The setting is superb and the magnificent new building, architecturally superb, housing the restaurant and wine tasting facility further enhances the continental feeling. An exciting addition to the dining out options of the Helderberg Region.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Smoking
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