The menu is varied, with robust flavours, some classic French touches and a nod or two to the sensibilities of vegetarians. Starters include a delicate, twice-baked gruyère cheese and chive soufflé, served with creamy lemon escargot (which you can replace with prawns, if you wish). The deconstructed avocado Ritz, with prawns done three ways (pan-fried, crumbed, and sliced, with a crispy prawn head) with sliced avo, traditional Marie-Rose sauce, and tiny cubes of tomato jelly is delicious, if a bit unusual and fussy.
Other starters include a rabbit and eisbein terrine served with rabbit liver crostini and pork crackling, and a liver and kidney pie with braised tongue and crumbed sheep brains. Mains include a hefty beef fillet on the bone, which helps retain real beef flavour in what can be a bland cut, served with an intense wine reduction, bok choy, pommes duchesse and the richest deep-fried beef marrow you will ever eat.
A dish of two-way duck, pink pan-fried breast and confit leg salad served with minted peas and chips done in duck fat, is an interesting way to serve this bird. The white chocolate and croissant bread-and-butter pudding with brandy ice cream and crème anglaise is irresistible.
Only the wines of this well-known estate are served, but the range is large and includes some prize examples, from their bubby to a well-priced and delicious rosé. Wine pairings are suggested, a very helpful touch.
The staff know their stuff about the preparation of the food. Furthermore, service is smooth and professional.
The delightful setting has views that go on forever – all the way to Table Mountain in the distance. It's a large modern home with elegant indoor furniture if the outside gets too hot or windy. The terrace overlooks the potager and vegetable garden; it's very French.
Take home some of the wines and do a tasting. The menu changes seasonally.