Longridge Restaurant

Longridge Restaurant
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  • Location 021 855 4082
  • Phone Number Eikendal Road, Off R44, Somerset West & Stellenbosch, Cape Town
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  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday (closed on Monday and Tuesday from May to October) open 7 days a week during Summer 12 noon to 3pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday (closed on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday from May to October) open 7 days a week during Summer 6pm to 9pm

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R140 avg main meal
Classic elegance
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

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.

(July 2014)

User reviews

  • Wow wow wow, what this restaurant has to offer, it is a pity people don't often venture into the winelands during weekday evenings. Their new winter menu has just been launched and it offers seasonal, comforting and extremely good looking food!

    The pumpkin fritter salad and deconstructed milktart was few of the many highlights. All Longridge Wines including several vintages are also available per glass. Do start with their MCC!
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  • Fabulous all round - great tasting food, excellent service, great views.

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  • The location of the restaurant makes for wonderful views over the vineyards, the sun set behind Table Mountain and Cape Town's city lights. The restaurant is elegantly decorated, yet with clear individualistic quirks and style.

    The dinner itself was lovely. Our waiter was very friendly - and it was a great touch that the chef himself came by after dinner to ensure we had a good meal. The food was a bit expensive, but good portion sizes and amazing quality made us pay the bill with a smile.
    I would definitely recommend Johan's at Longridge for a special night out!

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  • Good service, good wines, very, very good food from Chef Bruce, especially the Norwegian salmon, done to perfection, and the starter of three different tempura seafood. Regularly serviced bathrooms. To be recommended!

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  • We knew Longridge Wines but not the restaurant situated between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, called Johan's, on the estate, so were not sure what to expect. A scenic location with views as promised of Table Mountain, and a contemporary venue, surrounded by beautiful, well tended and nurtured vegetable gardens, the work of Chris Olivier, at this Dutch owned estate, where we were warmly greeted by charming informed staff augered well. The lovely indoor and outdoor dining areas, uniquely beautiful locally produced crockery, and artful design, intrigued and pleased us. With a menu from Dutch chef Marissa Chandansing and her team from an open kitchen, the excellent Longridge wines, with a further choice of other labels, this has to be one of the most delightful relative newcomers to the area. We will be back.

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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