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Longridge Restaurant

Longridge Restaurant
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  • Location 021 855 4082
  • Phone Number Eikendal Road, Off R44, Somerset West & Stellenbosch, Cape Town
  • email restaurant@longridge.co.za
  • Website URL www.longridge.co.za/restaurant/
  • 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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Cost
R140 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Greg Malan

Food
You’ll find some interesting dishes at this Winelands restaurant. The kitchen aims to deliver Cape comfort food with touches of European sensibility, using vegetables and herbs from their own organic gardens. The young chef, Bruce von Pressentin, has German roots, which are not deeply apparent in the cuisine, so don’t expect Eisbein and the like. Starters of pan-fried squid with chilli beurre blanc, basmati rice and gremolata, and the tomato soup with fresh basil from their garden, capsicum and croque monsieur are delicious and packed with flavour. The hot smoked salmon on rice noodles with marinated fennel and a creamy fennel sauce smelled delicious. On the mains side of things, the rabbit ballontine wrapped in smoked pork belly is a nice and inventive dish, served with a chicken boudin blanc, white beans, cider braised leeks and dates, the latter adding just the right touch of sweetness to the dish. The Thai chicken curry served with basmati rice, mango atjar and sambals was suitably light, and beautifully paired with their Chenin. The standout dessert is the frangipane and poached pear tart served with roasted pear sorbet, and a perfect pear “chip”.

Drinks
Their extensive list of excellent wines features something for most tastes and palates. No BYO.

Service
Friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

Ambience
The modern building is set atop a ridge that offers views all the way to Table Mountain in the distance. The interior is furnished in comfortable and elegant style but first prize goes to sitting outside on a perfect day, shaded by big umbrellas.

And…
Take advantage of being there: do a wine tasting and take home some bottles to prolong the pleasure.

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  • Greg Landman

    Food
    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.

    Drinks 
    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.

    Service
    The staff know their stuff about the preparation of the food. Furthermore, service is smooth and professional.

    Ambience
    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.

    And...
    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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Facilities

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

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