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Overture Restaurant

Overture Restaurant
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Cost
R410 for three-course set menu, R620 for six-course tasting menu (includes complimentary still/sparkling water)
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Cathy Marston

Food
Chef Bertus Basson continues to deliver moreish food showing a strong local character and more than a hint of nostalgia. This is innovative, intriguing cuisine.

Of the starters, the West Coast Memories is an exciting dish featuring oysters and octopus in a tangy Asian dressing, accompanied by avocado, cucumber and pear. It is strikingly presented in a large shell within a wooden crate, accompanied by rocks and sea shells to complete the maritime theme – a touch tricky to eat, though, so be sure to remove the food from the shell to be able to enjoy all the light, tasty morsels of seafood hiding under the delicate leaves and fronds.

Another starter of Sweetwell pig’s head and trotter pie with turnip, apple, garlic and raisins brings masses of flavour and succulence, with a lovely tangy frisson thanks to the accompanying pickles and sides. It’s playful and simply compiled, with a good use of underrated ingredients, and much more elegant than the description suggests.

On the mains side, a dish of duck with confit duck leg, duck breast, lentils and cauliflower purée is rich, warm and satisfying. Also worth mentioning is the beef brisket with ox liver and parsnip purée, a kind of fabulous, souped-up Sunday roast that will have you licking the plate. Both of these beautifully executed dishes celebrate classic flavour combinations, and the accompanying sauces are outstanding: rich and glossy, with a lovely salty bite.

After a quick bite of the zingy pineapple and citrus palate cleanser, we move on to dessert. Here I suggest you go all out with the cheese board. The latter brings a lovely touch of theatre, as you make your choices and watch as the cheese is cut, before the excellent waiter selects the accompaniments from his jars and bowls – all homemade, and beautifully presented.

Drinks
The wine offering is not vast, but you’ll find something in every category, including some natural wines and lots of trendy Swartland numbers. There’s no pairing option but you can address this by ordering from the by-the-glass section. A pairing option (with the pairing serving size of 125 ml) might be a good idea here, to give patrons more room to manoeuvre.

Service
Staff members are attentive and accommodating; the pacing of the meal is good and you won’t feel rushed.

Ambience
A cosy space. Fireplaces add lots of warmth in winter, as do plenty of wooden touches in the décor, and comfortable chairs.

And…
Be sure to consult sommelier Thembi Veremu for some food and wine pairing ideas.

(September 2015)

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    Food 
    There’s no doubt about it, chef Bertus Basson is leading the pack when it comes to cooking South African heritage food. He’s putting traditional ingredients and techniques back on the plate. His dishes may sound very simple, but his focus on fresh, natural flavours, use of top-quality produce and precise technique results in intense, delicious flavours. Look forward to smart reinventions of local favourites, like ox tongue served with tiny onions and nasturtium ‘cream’, as well as a touch of Asian flavour in a bold dish of squid on creamy miso. Vegetables are treated with the same reverence as meat: revel in gingery carrots paired with salsa verde and candy-striped beets with horseradish. For the special occasion of dessert, you may be served the perfect ‘lemon pie’ of chewy meringue, lemon jellies and lemon custard or brilliant poffertjies with peanut butter sauce. The reimagined cheese plate is an artistic delight, a palette of creamed gorgonzola studded with liqueur-spiked fruits and walnuts. Every dish is evocative and unpretentious at the same time.

    Wine
    A concise, well-curated wine list featuring, as you would expect, quite a few Hidden Valley wines. By-the-glass options are impressive, as are the service, knowledge and recommendations of sommelier Thembi Veremu.

    Service
    There’s a welcome touch of humour in the staff.  They’re an informed, relaxed and friendly bunch – but they all know exactly what’s going on at all times. Tableside presentation adds a feeling of intimacy.

    Ambience
    This is a breathtaking setting, boasting a view over the hills and valleys that hug the road between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. A simple, modern, glass-fronted interior allows the food to take centre stage.

    Comments by the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards judges

    “Delicious, accessible dining.” – Arnold Tanzer.

    “This is brave, simple, vibrant food with masses of flavour and personality.” – Abigail Donnelly

    (August 2014)

  • Hennie Fisher

    There is almost nothing that could make this a better experience! This lovely restaurant in the wine cellar of Hidden Valley Winery is exactly what makes our country’s wine area better than world class. Chef Bertus Basson is a wizard in the kitchen. Few things are betterthan his rabbit terrine, or the saffron linguine with fresh mussels. And his team will not let you leave the table until they have made sure you get thebest, the most perfect souffle, served at the table with ice cream and an accompanying sauce. And then if you have any space left a little glass filled with the best rose water scented panna cotta appears.
  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    This is fine dining with the yum factor. Chef Bertus Basson is at his best with bold dishes that put flavour first. The menu is seasonal and constantly evolving; an offering like the simply entitled ‘gnocchi, mushroom and parmesan cream’ dish is simply scrumptious, featuring soft pillows with crunchy croutons, parmesan and flavourful mushrooms. A side of baby potatoes with crispy skins, fried rosemary and aioli make for another delicious moment. There’s beauty, too. Tiny purple flowers and curls of crackling adorn a pork neck, while roast hake fillets swim in a tomato emulsion, with a powerful olive tapenade and nasturtium leaves. The vanilla ice cream is the hero of the pudding dishes. Superlatively creamy and flecked with vanilla seeds, it almost deserves a plate of its own, but makes a fitting accompaniment to the white chocolate mousse and tender, poached pear. A palate cleanser of lemon curd sorbet and vanilla-flecked yoghurt has a nearby table protesting that their palates are not yet clean. We, too, consider ordering a second serving.

    Wine
    A small, well-curated selection. Situated on the Hidden Valley wine farm, it’s not surprising that these wines are prominent, but Annandale, De Morgenzen, and Stark Condé also appear in the set menu pairings.

    Service
    Waitrons are courteous, but relaxed and clearly well trained. They share the floor; you may get several serving you at different points of your meal. The team in the kitchen is fairly small and timing is something they may need to keep an eye on.

    Ambience
    This is a truly relaxed winelands experience. Glass-fronted and modern though the restaurant may be, it’s actually quite cosy in winter thanks to a fireplace and smart layout.

    And...
    In summer, the deck with views down into the valley and across to Cape Town is the place to be. (September 2013)

User reviews

  • My wife and I took my elderly Mom to Overture Restaurant in Hidden Valley for lunch yesterday, to celebrate her birthday. What an AMAZINGLY GOOD experience!! From the moment that we arrived, the service was impeccable. Constant attention to our table, without being intrusive. Complimentary still or sparkling water is available, and our glasses were constantly filled without having to ask. The waiters were very knowledgeable about the menu, how refreshing!! As for the food...WOW!!! A taste sensation!!! The 3 course menu was served speedily, and the presentation was world class! We ordered coffee after our meal, and the waiters came to our table with complimentary biscuits and lamingtons...what a nice touch!! When we left, the staff noticed that my Mom was elderly, and proceeded to help her to the lift which is there for elderly/disabled guests. All in all, a truly wonderful few hours spent with family, over a superb meal, and the views are just breathtaking!! We will DEFINITELY be back!!!
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  • Had a great Sunday lunch with some friends over from Europe. Only contacted them a few days in advance and of course they didn't have a table for us. But I was put on the waiting list and called Sunday morning that there had been a cancellation. We went for the Chef's choice 6 course menu, a sort of "best of". Lovely smooth gazpacho to start with, followed by wonderful fish dishes, braised Kudu (my favourite of the day) , succulent sirloin for main and a absolutely fingerlicking soufflé for dessert. All of this accompagnied by great wines served by Thembi (and his team). Had a great afternoon taking it easy from half past 1 until half past 5 (hope we didn't overstay our welcome). Another wonderful Cape Food experience.
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  • Hands down the most amazing food ever. Thus I have returned as often as I can. The people I have recommended this place to have all come back amazed - simply THE best food - they NEVER disappointed, not a single course - always always a special meal - I wish they were based in JHB!!!
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  • This will go down as one of my favourite restaurants. The combination of a chilled, informal ambiance with excellent food and service is difficult to beat. We were a group of around 10, so we covered most of the menu. There was not 1 disappointing or mediocre dish served amongst us all, and we had at least 2 courses each. I definitely recommend Overture. 
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  • What should have been a special celebration with friends turned rather distasteful after being treated as second-rate citizens when foreign tourists demands dictated the ambience of the evening.
    There are many other restaurants that offers far better menus and definitely better service. And for the view...don't bother...that plastic curtain came down so quickly...and then the show is really over. We will not return.
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  • Dinner
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  • Wheelchair
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