Chef George Jardine’s seasonal menu captivates with outstanding flavours, textures and techniques. Sensitively sourced ingredients are prepared with complete confidence, and the end result is food that is unpretentious but delicious and beautiful to behold. A starter of fried and glazed bone marrow on brioche is a masterful exercise in contrasting textures: crunchy croquette, lightly toasted brioche, roasted Jerusalem artichokes and feather-light onion rings. The hot-smoked yellowtail served with spicy sago and charred aubergine boasts exhilarating flavours. Roast lamb, served pink and thinly sliced on a bed of creamy lentils, punctuated with jewel bright bunches of kale, is a standout. The same can be said for the marvellous vanilla custard tart. It may sound simple, but this dish is a masterstroke: crumbly shortcrust topped with velvety custard, layered with whipped nougat, and offset by little injections of tart rhubarb compote and candied citrus. It‘s beautifully plated perfection.
The offering features mainly Jordan wines, along with a few other regional treasures. As matched by sommelier Isabella Immenkamp, the wines are ideally suited to George’s food philosophy.
Welcoming, top-notch service with a smile. Staff are well informed about the menu and possible wine pairings.
You can’t help but feel immediately at ease, stepping into this unpretentious restaurant with its spectacular views over the dam and vineyards. It’s a simple, welcoming space with a sunny patio that’s ideal for summer and a bright, cosy interior perfect for winter lunches.
Comments by the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards judges
“This is easy-going fine dining at its best.” – Arnold Tanzer
“George has a wonderful aesthetic all of his own. It’s less about the pomp, more about creating the perfect mouthful.” – Kate Wilson
“One of the most exciting menus I’ve seen this year.” – Andy Fenner