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Jordan Restaurant

Jordan Restaurant
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Cost
R350 for 2 courses(lunch only), R425 for 3 courses, R625 for 5 courses
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals, Views
Food
Fine-dining food, Light meals
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R80 (only one bottle per table)

Critic's review

Seth Shezi

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.

Drinks

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.

Service

The service is pitch perfect. Professional but still cavalier enough to give the sense that the staff are also having a good time.

Ambience

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.

And…

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.

(August 2018)

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  • Graham Howe

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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.

    Drinks
    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.

    Service
    Top-notch, warm and welcoming service, from beginning to end.

    Ambience
    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.

    And…
    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.

    (October 2017)

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User reviews

  • ...and there we were coming back my wife and I to Jordan's after our last experience in late March 2017, where there was 12 of us and simply could not fault it. But this time to celebrate my wife's birthday. Having booked on the 8th of December 2017 for the 29th of january, I did ask if they could provide a bouquet of flowers on the table(which I will pay for), Having received on the day confirmation that our table was booked, I did not inquire as to the flowers. When we got there, the waiter showed me the list and pointed to the world "birthday" next to my name, we exchanged smile and walk to our table. Waiting for the flowers to arrive, we ordered drinks (bubbly) but still nothing, so we ordered more drinks, placed our food order, but still nothing. When the starters arrived, we were presented with a wooden tray of tit bits to have with our drinks (too late), we send them back. The food was poor, the filet steak has been cup in little square as if one of us was a toothless geriatric, and the fish was on a diet free salt. By the way, we are both 62 years old. At the end of the meal , my phone announced the arrival of an email, which turned up to be from the hostess (Janine)letting me know that she could not supply me flowers, but there was a small pot on the table with a couple of flowers in it, email sent minutes before we were about to leave. I only need to be disappointed once, so....never again. Not wanting to spoil my wife's big day, I remained calm and called the next day, only to be offered the famous word"sorry" The hostess Janine (is arrogant and does not belong to the hospitality business; People like her should be kept away from such magical places. this category. Unfortunately for my wife, she had a very disappointing birthday lunch.
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  • After dining at Jordan a year ago, we were eager to taste the complex and exciting flavor combinations for 2017, served with care and attention to detail. Our meal at Jordan yesterday was fair. For the price of the menu, I have to say it was just a tad disappointing. Though the view from the glass doors could almost make up for what lacked in food quality. Our table of four ordered the sea bass starter which was delicate in flavor and beautiful in appearance, I did feel that it could have been slightly more substantial considering the portion sizes of the mains. Moving on, the mains were split between two sirloin orders and two pork neck orders. While the pork neck was tender it definitely was a lady's portion rather than a man's. The beautiful flavor of leek was subtly presented and needed a contrast of flavors to add richness and depth. The peppered sirloin lived up to expectations, beautiful flavors of mushroom and celeriac puree, cooked to perfection with a rich sauce and layers of complex flavor. The steak was definitely adequate in portion leaving me feeling somewhat guilt-ridden for the pork neck which left my other half wanting more. Every plate was carefully inspected before moving off the line to the customer's table. Our very friendly waiter made us feel welcome. Jordan has the most beautiful setting and the atmosphere is there. The maitre'd could show a little more attention to individual tables. All around good but has been better.
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  • JORDAN lost his Shine ! We were really looking forward to having lunch at Jordan's Restaurant. Unfortunately we experienced that Jordan lost its shine. When we entered the air-conditioning was set to 'dangerous, and we were almost blown away from our reserved table. With sweat on our foreheads from the heat,we finally asked for another table, away from this terrible heating device. The starter was served, with sea bras for me and lamb for my partner. With the sea bras, more Potato mash was served than actual fish. The accompanying onion mash was nice, but actually better suited for a main course than a starter. I assume their thought was, that winter time is asking for additional calories in the starter. As the climate in the restaurant was still not pleasant, we moved for a second time to a different part of the restaurant. Mainly due to a combination of heat and smell of old frying oil. Apparently more customers complained, as the glass doors were opened, when we left the restaurant ( unfortunately to late for us) The same mash onions, this time cold, was also served on top of nice pieces of meat at the main course. The fried onion rings and the Hollandaise sauce were unfortunately both cold. The sauce was thick and missing it's sour taste. When we asked the lady, if the onion mash was the same as in the starter, she denied this. However, the waiter confirmed later on that this was actually the case. We have been to the restaurant 3 times the last half year, and we experienced not much creativity and innovation. The lady hostess is arrogant and does not show the hospitality you may expect from a restaurant in this category. So unfortunately, I have had a very disappointing birthday lunch.
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  • A beautiful and pleasant setting Friendly staff well educated with their menu for the day excellent wine pairings but.. I noticed that from start to finish dishes decline in both innovation complexity and looks While the breads and butters and snacks and starters pleasantly surprise the mains and desserts lack creativity and flavour profiles All in all a brilliant reataurant never the less
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • WiFi

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