Ilse van der Merwe
With a menu that changes often according to the seasons, Executive Chef Maritz Jacobs creates exciting dishes with a strong South African influence. For their winter menu, starters like the charcoal grilled octopus with curried squid and tartare sauce remain a firm favourite - a stunning dish. Or try the meltingly soft beef tongue with a sweet mustard mayonnaise, persimmons and capers - a cut that you won’t find on many menus these days.
For mains, winter warming dishes like oxtail with roast bone marrow, creamy polenta and garden vegetables will tick all the boxes. Or try the slow braised venison shank with maize meal chips, red cabbage and jus. For vegetarians, the linguini with oyster mushrooms, artichoke velouté, hazelnut and black truffle dressing is a rich and boldly flavoured option. Or have something slightly lighter like the pan-roasted line fish with potato gratin and cauliflower velouté.
For dessert, the pineapple crumble with rum & sultana and vanilla ice cream comes highly recommended, or try for a bowl of homemade apricot sorbet (varying with the seasons, of course).
The food at Longridge lives up to the expectation of their premium setting in the heart of the Winelands - deep flavours, clever ingredient combinations, beautiful plating. The winter menu is set at R225 for two courses or R295 for three courses. Two kids options available (steak or fish with chips) - just ask your waiter.
Longridge is well-known for their biodynamic winery, and their wines are simply spectacular. On the wine list you’ll find their vast range of wines (from MCC to dessert wines and everything in-between) ranging from R130 - R2450 per bottle, also mentioning their various accolades and ratings next to each. Many are available per glass, too.
There are also a variety of beers, whiskey, cold drinks (including a delightful homemade grape juice), coffees, teas and other spirits.
The service team at Longridge work together as a team to create a seamless dining experience. Friendly waiters and management stop at every table often, as does Chef Maritz, to make sure everyone is happy and well attended to.
Longridge is situated on the slopes of the Heldenberg mountain range, about 600m off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The views from the restaurant and wine tasting centre is panoramic and vast, even catching a glimpse of Table Mountain in the distance. When seated in the restaurant next to the large glass doors (or in warmer months on the stoep outside), the views and beautiful food garden becomes part of the dining experience. Indoors, the decor is warm, welcoming and contemporary with many wooden surfaces.
Longridge Restaurant is a place where you can take guests (or treat the family) for a true taste of the local terroir, and to show off the beauty of the mountains, vineyards and 360 degree panoramic views. Stay for a wine tasting - it’s a must.
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