Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
When you arrive at Jordan, you’re met with the warm and heady aroma of baked goods from The Bakery at Jordan located next to the restaurant. Fittingly, the first course is a brimming board of fresh breads served with aïoli, farm butter and hummus. Do fight the urge to fill up on the bread, as you won’t want to skip any of the courses to follow. The three or five courses paired with wine are a great way to acquaint yourself with Jordan’s food philosophy and chef Kyle’s delicate treatment of fine produce.
It’s always a pleasant surprise to see how meticulous and modern the plating is, considering the restaurant’s adherence to classic cooking. Jordan always has an unexpected surprise dish, so be curious and adventurous with your ordering. One such surprise is the moreish Maison farm organic golden beet ‘fondue’ dish with potato gnocchi, purple kale and black pepper crumble. This Provençal vegetarian dish will ignite an unexpected love affair with cheesy golden beets. The tender and perfectly roasted Cradock springbok served with parmesan polenta, caramelised shallots and raw chard salad is an honest ode to the nation’s treasured venison.
Raising the stakes, the Jordan soufflé is a well-documented triumph. It’s like ending one’s meal with a serving of honey and poppy-seed flavoured clouds, if clouds were a golden brown bake with a rich, warm centre.
As if the option to enjoy Jordan’s award-winning wines by the glass wasn’t enough to set any connoisseur’s taste buds on fire, the wine list has been cleverly designed to enhance the diner’s eating pleasure. Expect to find some dishes not paired with the estate’s own wines, which is highly commendable.
The service is pitch perfect. Professional but still cavalier enough to give the sense that the staff are also having a good time.
Rain or shine, the ultimate scene stealer at Jordan is the sight of the Stellenbosch-Kloof valley folding into the cascading Stellenbosch mountains. The terrace is prime real estate in the summer months, while the all-glass front ensures the restaurant capitalises on the views even in the less balmy months.
Whatever over-the-top sounding praise you’ve heard about the cheese room and The Bakery next door is no hyperbole – a stop to buy a little piquant padkos is mandatory.
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George Jardine is one of the gastronauts of the Cape Winelands, and along with head chef Kyle Burn, he ensures that Jordan Restaurant continues to be a fine-dining landmark. The focus on the food-and-wine pairing menus gives the kitchen team the opportunity to show its skill and versatility. A benchmark for simplicity, George’s interpretations of South African fare put a contemporary spin on top-quality ingredients sourced from artisanal suppliers and growers. Nothing here is ever over-wrought and each dish showcases natural taste and texture.
Enjoy a wonderful bread board with aioli, farm butter and hummus, fresh from the bakery next door. The menu changes daily, but you might start with a choice between yuzu-cured salmon with young organic beets, or a colourful warm salad of gnocchi with crispy kale, smoked walnut and caramelised apple. For mains you could have slivers of pan-roasted rump with caramelised onions and potato-and-pancetta gratin.
For dessert, the choice might be between a divine honey-and-poppy-seed soufflé or aromatic spiced churros with Valrhona hot chocolate.
Each earthy composition, layered with flavour, shows exquisite balance. The plates, featuring rustic green and brown tones, are garnished with bright splashes of yellow nasturtium, and are enriched by sublime purées and smoky vegetables.
Vegetarians are spoiled with dishes like a terrine of goat’s cheese and pepper, or a piquant caramelised white-onion tart with aged gruyère, walnuts and sun-dried pear.
Every ingredient appears to be meticulously selected to highlight flavours, allowing the whole always to be greater than the sum of the parts. If you’re looking for the wow factor, this is the place to come.
An excellent wine list with wines sourced from the Jordan cellar and some rare vintages. Each dish comes with an inspired Jordan pairing by the glass.
Top-notch, warm and welcoming service, from beginning to end.
Relaxed country chic with spectacular picture views of the lake, vineyards, mountains and valley. You won’t regret having lunch on the terrace in summer.
Take a trip to the cheese room to select your pre-dessert platter, and go home with fresh breads and cakes from The Bakery at Jordan next door.
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