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Overture Restaurant

Overture Restaurant
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Cost
R435 for three-course set menu, R645 for six-course tasting menu (includes complimentary still/sparkling water)
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Payment
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2016 top 10
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
Bertus Basson is back in the Top 10, thanks to his laid-back and seemingly effortless excellence. The chef continues to be a force to be reckoned with on the Cape culinary scene, with his fine food served in a deceptively laid-back manner. The wheels turn effortlessly: rustic plates are imaginatively presented, with knockout flavours and memorable moments – just ask the fans who flock here. The three-course menu commences with irresistible bread and four mini starters, which could play on olive butter, intense dried black olives, hot-smoked cabbage with celeriac and miso. The farmyard terrine, deliciously set in jelly, served with vegetables and home-cured mustard, is a meal on its own. Follow with Chalmar sirloin with short rib, roast cauliflower and gremolata, which is deliciously comforting in its simplicity, or the lamb rib with kidney, celeriac and crispy onion. The pre-dessert amuse bouche of velvety chocolate mousse makes a great foil for guava, custard, passionfruit, tapioca and coconut sorbet – a fabulous melange of flavours and textures, redolent with memories of childhood.

Drinks
A very good list of some of the best in the Cape, including their own Hidden Valley label.

Service
Knowledgeable and friendly.

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It’s a fabulous setting way up Hidden Valley, with a view down to the plains and the distant mountains. Delightful terraces are surrounded by verdant foliage; it’s almost like dining in a forest, which is a real pleasure for city dwellers who want to escape back to nature in style, with great food.

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Booking well in advance is is absolutely essential.

(September 2016)

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  • Cathy Marston

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    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.

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

    (September 2015)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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

User reviews

  • Excellent, we had a great time. Thanks!
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  • 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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  • Booked well in advance for lunch with family visiting from UAE. Starters were OK, but very poorly executed main course (choice of 2 only) of beef entrecote-meat that was not properly matured, nor correctly prepared. Desserts were adequate. They did not charge for desserts as compensation. Very disappointing culinary experience overall.
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  • Ate there 13/10/2013
    What is there to say besides, out of this world amazing... Food, service wine pairing was spectacular! Will definitely be back soon.

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  • Unbelievable lunch on Sunday. We did the 8 course. Probably one of the best meals I have ever had in South Africa.

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  • Superb evening, food was great and service was excellent.

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  • If local restaurants could get Michelin stars, this one would deserve some.

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  • Food and ambience in line with anything in Europe.

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  • I think for about five years, so since Overture opened its doors for the first time (I hope I am correct), my wife and I have been very frequent and loyal visitors of this stunning restaurant.

    The location on Hidden Valley wine farm is like a fairy tale, with fantastic views.

    However, this is only the first chapter of the book. Chef Bertus Basson and his team, are cooking inventive dishes that look like perfect pictures and taste like a dream. The creativity here knows no boundaries. What makes it even more amazing, is that the menu is changing daily and that we hardly ever had the same dish, unless by our special request. Staggering, exciting, amazing, innovative, creative, the list of superlatives of this kitchen is endless.

    Service here is also outstanding. Wine master Thembi is always hands on, while taking his time to explain why he chose to pair his wines with the dishes. But Brenda, Eunice and the rest of the team are always keeping an eye on you and your table and offer great service with lovely smiles.

    Go to Overture for an enchanting, culinary treat!

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  • On 4 occasions we have had splendid meals and service at Overture. On one occasion the meal was spoilt by poor service. Mistakes should never be made in ER or in the operating room, or for that matter, Bertus Basson's kitchen. Unfortunately , they do. On these occasions the response to these mistakes makes the world of difference. We received not only a large discount on our meal, but also a parcel from the chef with a note apologizing for our experience. Overture is an excellent restaurant, Bertus Basson will make the trip worth your while, even if little mishaps spoil the experience.

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  • Overture came highly recommended by our hostess. We arrived with great anticipation and were excited to end our eating-focused honeymoon at such a place. We were met and seated with a lot of apathy and a surprisingly lackadaisical attitude. The waitrons were very underdressed and since we decided to have the winter menu without the wine pairings, we seemed to be shoved to one side and ignored. The food was in the majority, over-salted and understated to the point of being boring and considering the cost of the meal, very disappointing. Will not go back and will not refer anyone. On leaving the restaurant, the outside lights were off and I nearly fell down the stairs several times.

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  • We took our father to Overture for Father's Day as a special treat and for our first time visit. The food was great and the chef helped out with dietary requirements but the service really was lacking. We also had to ask any passing waiter to help us from the moment we sat down until the first course came - which was quite a while as we were overlooked a few times. I've been to many of the top 10 restaurants and it's a shame that some of the ones in the overall 20 have better service than a case such as this.

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  • I'm sorry, but an excellent setting and good menu does not compensate for poor service.
    My wife and I dined for lunch at Overture on 18th April, and we were really excited having heard such good things and, having never succeeded in getting a table, we were sure to make the booking well in advance. The setting is splendid, with views overlooking the Winelands. Upon arrival, the welcoming was very polite, but things deteriorated from there. Single glasses of champagne which others were enjoying was not to be found on the menu so we had to ask. When both our starters and mains arrived, the waiter gave us each the wrong meal. Twice we were forgotten about, and when we asked for service from waiters that weren't allocated to us, our requests went ignored. We noticed a gentleman at a neighbouring table having something which we didn't see on the menu, and were told it was available upon request. That with the champagne issue made us wonder what the point of the menu was. At R900 for the lunch, I don't think it is unreasonable to expect more.

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  • It's that simple, Bertus Basson and team are the best in the Winelands. Food is inventive yet classical and simple. 7 courses later, no fault, no dislike and the most favourite was the pickled sardine dish! Service was super friendly and most efficient, it is really nice to be welcomed "back" by the same service team!

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  • What an incredibly special experience. It was our anniversary lunch and we were treated like royalty. We were made to feel incredibly special. The food was sublime! Well done to Chef Bertus and your team! The wine pairing was spot on, the setting so perfect. A very memorable occassion for my husband and I. Thank you. X

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  • Absolutely outstanding - from the service to the setting to the food. We will definitely be back.

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  • If it's time for fine dining, Overture at Hidden Valley Estate is one tempting option. Ambitious menu, well known chef, great wines from the estate itself, and fantastic reviews. The venue itself offers stunning views over wine fields and False Bay. So - we had very high expectations when we arrived for a long foreseen lunch. It was a sweltering hot day so it became a very warm lunch - as Overture does not have air conditioning. Reason is to avoid unnecessary use of electricity. Good enough reason, but very hot. Before the lunch we had a very nice wine tasting, just next to the dining area. Indoors, phew. A restaurant like Overture will have to live with quite a critical eye from its visitors - it's ambition of serving haute cuisine and a high price level. So when the butter is left to melt in the sun onto the table cloth, and the wine arrives after the starter, it's not really acceptable. One of the guests decided to just have one glass of wine of one choice, instead of having the recommended wines that goes with each course. We could all see a raised eyebrow from our waiter, and that is not in place at such a venue. Please. It all started with simple and yummie olive tapas and fresh good bread. Starter with raw tuna was marvelous, while gazpaccio soup was too creamy without the usual punch. Everyone had the most wonderful sweetbreads and polenta pure. Fantastic! Hake was a genereous piece of well grilled fish, matured sirloin with gnocchi was cooked to perfection but not the most tender sirloin we have had. The cheese platter is top top notch! Excellent with great cheeses, figs, almonds - and lots of it! Chocolate tarte was absolutely melting in the mouth, while the tarte with berries and sherbet a little too messy - but maybe it was the heat. All wines good and well chosen. We enjoyed our wine waiter, while the rest of service was not really on top. We had to wait for our water, the black pepper, and we just has a feeling of not getting all the attention you expect in such a restaurant. All in all a nice and delicious experience, but not without room for improvements.

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  • Brilliant food and superb service.

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  • Brilliant food and superb service.

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  • We are frequent visitors of this magical restaurant from the moment they opened their doors. Our experiences at Overture are so superb time and again that we easily tend to take things for granted. However, it was about time to share our experiences with others.

    Everything at Overture is world class, kitchen, service and staff. Add to this the stunning location and fabulous views, and the picture is perfect. Chef Patron Bertus Basson, supported by his great team, is a magician in the kitchen who never stops to surprise us with the most stunningly presented and tasteful dishes. The passion and the innovative cuisine of Overture, with seemingly limitless creativity, knows no boundaries.

    We went for Sunday’s lunch together with friends and after sitting down at our table we were having a glass of bubbly together with the most delicious bread, combined with a homemade rillette with gherkins and a superb garlic emulsion. Most of the time we prefer the four course Chef’s Menu with wine pairing and also this time my wife and I sticked to that. Coincidently the both of us chose exactly the same dishes this time and we started with a Springbok tartar, crisp sweatbreads, beetroot, balsamic onion and Parmesan. Wine steward and host Thembi, who displays loads of passion for ‘his’ wines, paired this excellent dish with a Hidden Valley Pinotage 2009, which was a perfect companion. Our lovely waitress Eunice advised us the swop our second and third dish, and we love good advises. The beef fillet and mushroom cromesquis with potato gallet and celeriac puree, combined with the delicious Hidden Valley Gems 2008 was very good, but we were blown away by the dish that followed, crisp, smoked pork hock with Asian flavours, coriander, coconut rice and cabbage and radish slaw. Rich in flavour and expertly prepared, this was one of the best dishes I have ever had in a restaurant. The Collaboration Chenin Blanc 2011, which by the way is great, ‘struggled’ to keep pace with the power of this fantastic food creation. But in all honesty, every wine would.

    In the mean time I heard very positive comments about other dishes our friends chose, being an asparagus velouté with garlic and thyme ice, a pea risotto with roasted plum tomato and parmesan crumbs and hake with crushed potatoes, olive tapenade, sauce vierge and smoked aubergine.

    We all rounded off with another high-light on the menu, being a vanilla soufflé with caramel ice cream and butterscotch sauce. Well balanced and perfectly executed, and combined with a Bottega white chocolate grappa, this dessert offered a perfect conclusion of a fantastic lunch.

    How we love this sublime restaurant!

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  • Excellent, maybe the best restaurant in which we have dined in South Africa. One of us was vegetarian and the chef made a lovely menu for her (although we forgot to inform the restaurant in advance on this and the restaurant was fully booked). It was a pleasure dining in Overture, we will be back!

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  • This restaurant is in one of the best settings around and beautifully decorated. I was very impressed with all of the courses except for the last course which was a little disappointing. The service was unfortunately a little too relaxed. On the whole it was a very pleasant dining experience and I will definitely be back very soon.

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  • The very best in this Valley! You have to have the ravioli of tomato, it is a delight and if you are a fan of tongue, this dish was outstanding. Great service and of course the setting is totally amazing.

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  • Had an awesome dinner last week. Food was excellent and wine pairings where spot on. Will definitely be recommending a trip to Overture to all my friends. well done to chef Bertus and team for exceeding my expectations.
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  • Went to Overture restaurant recently and Im sad to say that it did not live up to my expectations. Although the food was pleasant; in my opinion it didnt justify the high prices which are charged. The bill for two people came to just under a R1000 including tip. We both had the four course menu, I had it with the wine pairing and my wife had a passion fruit and lemonade. I dont mind paying for fine dining but I was expecting more from the menu at these prices. Also the choices were very limited. In conclusion I dont think Ill be returning to Overture.
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  • This restaurant is outstanding and Bertus Basson a genius!
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  • My wife and I shared an amazing dinner at Overture. Our table was amazing, right on the corner of the patio with awesome views and perfect weather. Thank you Bertus and your team for a truly great experience. We cannot wait to return!
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  • Brilliant as always! Wonderful view, skillful cooking. Delicious tuna, pork belly and desserts.
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  • What views and what food - all four of us (seasoned restaurant goers) were highly impressed with our luncheon today and found Overture to be of outstanding value.
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  • Good service, tasteless but beautifuly presented food.
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  • We had the 3 course menu with paired Hidden Valley wines and most of us stayed with the traditional route of voor-, hoof-, nagereg. It was a sublime experience and everyone was ecstatic about their choices. This is definitely (food, ambience, service included) one of the best restaurants in the world.
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  • I visited Overture for lunch last Sunday and what a perfect day for lunch given the sun was out! The service and ambience were first class but found the food to be rather pretentious. My colleague and I struggled to select a dish that really stood out and the menu was somewhat bizarre! My first 2 choice restaurants were fully booked but decided to give Overture a second try but it still failed to meet expectations as a top 10 restaurant on the food front.
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  • Finally, an EAT OUT Top Ten that truly deserves the distinction. Understated sophistication is the only term that one can use to describe the food, the setting, and the service. From the kingklip ceviche with sweetcorn to gnocchi with wild mushrooms that literally takes ones breath away to the utterly gorgeous braised pork belly with raisin, everything was immaculately prepared, thoughtful, innovative yet soul-warming. If there was one misgiving, the anaemic pork crackling served with the pork belly should have been discarded. It was like styrofoam and otherwise tasteless. But this is a pure niggle. When we finished with the rum souffle, still soft and slightly foamy in the center, we knew we had found a gem that truly deserves an ovation.Kudos to the professional, charming waitstaff and kudos to Overture. We look forward to returning.
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  • Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Overture this week with the 8-course tasting menu. At first I didnt think it was possible to eat 8 courses, but I was wrong. Each course was light and full of flavours - absolutely delicious! The waitrons are professional and not intrusive. After each course you are given the opportunity to let them know when you would like the next one. A nice touch is the chefs coming out of the kitchen to the table to present some of the courses and answer any questions. I only eat vegetarian dishes and fish, so owner Bertus created flexible dishes for me within the set menu. Finally, it seems that Bertus purchases his ingredients locally where possible and uses organic herbs and vegetables when available. Both of these attributes are as important to me as the great quality dishes. I should also mention the wonderful view from the Hidden Valley Estate! Thank you for a wonderful lunch.
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  • I ate at Overture on 30 April 2010. I have lost track at how many times I have been to Overture.............and it is still absolutely brilliant. For those who have not discovered this gem, you need to make sure it goes on your list as one of the Capes top restaurants to try. Bertus and his team are inspirational. Each day the team assess what fresh ingredients they can get. From what they have found, the reinvent the menu. As such, every time you go, you get to try something new. This may sound like a lot of work for a restaurant - however what it does is keep creativity at the top of the list. You can see that the team are having fun in the kitchen - each day they can express their creativity. And by visiting you get the opportunity to taste the results of the creativity - which is great fun and keeps pulling me back. The best thing is to watch the faces of your friends as they taste each creation - I have been with people who are just so blown away by the flavours that they can barely talk to you while they are eating. On Friday I worked my way through a couple of the dishes. My first dish was calamari done on a salsa with lovely little knobs of avo dotted around - the calamari was so tender it melted in my mouth, the flavours combined and added to the taste sensation. Next I had the risotto with baby marrow........the description sounded dull - and I had no expectations of what was coming - this dish is the best dish I have eaten in months - in fact if it was on the menu permanently, I would head back their weekly to have it. This was a jaw dropping foodie moment of complete heaven. The dish had shelled beans on top and asparagus - simply amazing. If you see risotto on the menu on a visit to Overture - definitely make sure it is ordered immediately. My third dish was a slow roasted lamb dish, that once again melted in my mouth and was so tender it just fell apart when I cut into it. This was all tied up with a gentle panacotta at the end - a superb end to a great meal. For those who have not been to Overture - the location is jaw dropping - it is located on top of a mountain and boasts sweeping views of the Stellenbosch valley. Even if the food was not good - you would head to this restaurant just to enjoy the views. It is located on the Hidden Valley wine farm which has built a cellar that is integrated into the building where the restaurant is and for anyone who is into gorgeous architecture and fantastic interior decor - this is a must do visit when in the Cape Winelands. I would highly recommend that you book before going - the secret about Bertus and his teams great food is out - so in season book well in advance. Note that this restaurant is affordable for locals - they offer excellent value for money. Three courses paired with wine is around R250 per person - it may sound high - but it is a fair price to sample the food of one of our countrys top chefs. I would definitely recommend it for a romantic day out in the winelands or for a group of friends celebrating a special occasion. Thank you Bertus for many delicious meals and for many happy times at Overture!
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  • I waited a full month to dine at the esteemed Overture and it was well worth it. We dined alfresco on a perfect day with great service, exceptional food and brilliant wine pairings. Phenomenal, would do it again if I can get a table.
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  • PERFECT SUNDAY LUNCH - visited yet again and this time with some clients. The entire meal was sublime - and as always the service team remembered us and Chef Patron Bertus spent 20 minutes with us. This artist is at the Top of the Pops.
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  • My partner and I have wanted to go to Overture for some time now and made our reservation for end Dec 2009. Our original booking was for outside and although the weather was fine, the wind was blowing a bit and thus they moved us inside. We had the table right next to the open kitchen, which ended up being wonderful. What we absolutely love about the 3 course menu is that you can choose it as you wish. You can make any combination of 3 dishes for your meal in any order, and this was very refreshing, as were a bit tired of the old set courses and are not big dessert eaters. Thus we ended up ordering 2 starters and 1 main. My partners first starter made him cry (of pure brilliance) and mine was an orchestra in the mouth. The food only proceeded to better itself with every course. We were completely blown away by the food of chef Bertus Basson, and cannot wait to be back.The service was also extremely attentive, and we appreciated the sommelier explaining each wine and why it was paired with the food. The complementary glass of bubbles in the beginning was also a nice touch.And the best of all....at R300 for a 3 course with wine...worth every cent! I will definitely be back every time Im in the winelands.
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  • We celebrated my husbands birthday at Overture. What a great evening! At first disappointed to be seated just in front of the kitchen, it turned out to be the most entertaining of tables. The chef and kitchen staff move with incredible focus and precision. Each plate is a work of art. Businesses should learn from their teamwork! Every course we ordered was absolutely perfect - and the tastes sublime. We cant wait to go back!
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  • Absolutely fantastic experience. Must be the no 1 restaurant. Food & service really amazing experience.
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  • I have eaten at Overture more than 50 times since it opened so it is apparent that I am a huge fan. Always an inspired and creative menu that changes daily. Clever wine pairings and faultless service. Chef Bertus Basson is without equal.
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  • Dear Ms English. Thank you for your very kind compliments on our Wine Makers Platter.I am afraid that we only serve the platter in summer when the weather allows guests to sit outside. The purpose of these Platters is to serve guests who might not have a reservation, and it is supposed to be a more casual dining option.We might have had open tables, but we only seat 45 guests per service, we do not turn tables or rush guests. We also like Americans. Please join us for a great dining experience, but please book in the summer months as the restaurant fills up very quickly.Kind Regards Bertus Basson Chef/Owner OVERTURE
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  • Dear Ms English. Thank you for your very kind compliments on our Wine Makers Platter.I am afraid that we only serve the platter in summer when the weather allows guests to sit outside. The purpose of these Platters is to serve guests who might not have a reservation, and it is supposed to be a more casual dining option.We might have had open tables, but we only seat 45 guests per service, we do not turn tables or rush guests. We also like Americans. Please join us for a great dining experience, but please book in the summer months as the restaurant fills up very quickly.Kind Regards Bertus Basson Chef/Owner OVERTURE
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  • As a South African who recently returned to South Africa, I asked a good friend of ours to recommend a few places to eat in the Winelands. I brought my American family to SA as well and they truly enjoyed every minute of their time visiting.We werent able to get a table, only an outside seated wine and cheese platter tasting. Because we did not have a reservation we couldnt have a dining experience but by the time we had left, there where still tables open - a little odd. We had some wines, not great but not bad either. The cheese platter was phenomonal and HUGE. They recommended one for the 4 of us, we ended up having two because it was just so beautiful and after all, had to serve as a meal. I have had the privilege of dining at fabulous places, and my family from all over Europe, all agree this was the most amazing platter- I think I remember a curry kind of relish too - I take it, a Cape Malay influence? Even though I was disappointed in the seating dilemma, which is truly a mistake on our part, and left annoyed because we wanted to maximize our day by sightseeing a little more and asked for the rest to go to snack on as we drive- and they wouldnt offer a to go package- we will go back only because it was so truly relaxing and beautiful. All they are lacking is the 5 star service to make them truly impecable. Perhaps because I spoke with an American accent and there is a stereotypical mindset of Americans, I dont know?
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  • The only thing that disappointed me about Overture was that it wasnt open on Monday so that I could share this AMAZING find with my parents!
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  • I had a great Lunch at Overture last week. I went down to Cape town for bussiness and one of my friends suggested we try this outstanding restaurant. The drive was mesmerising (compaired to Mellville koppies) the food was so tasty and the wines were all great. It was like nothing Ive experienced before. The chef even came to our table and presented the dessert which was a soufflé thats crowned with an ice cream that he plunges (for the lack of a better word... sorry chef?) into the middle of the soufflé... all done right there at our table! Great... simply great!Will be back soon!
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  • Never before have I tasted such exquisite flavours and unique combinations of food. Every dish was a dream. Well worth the drive. Loved the Spoam.
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  • Went to Genot a few weeks ago and recently my husband treated me to yet another dining adventure at their sister restaurant, Overture. What an amazing experience. The staff handled themselves very well, the wines available was great and pairing done very well. The food there was served the way food should be served... extremely tasty, fresh and original. The fireplace was burning and despite the rain falling outside we had an intimate and rewarding experience. Thanks Overture, we will be back soon!!
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  • I made a booking at Overture and had to wait for two months to experience their food. Well worth the wait. The staff were friendly and very attentative but not irritating. You cant even notice them while dining. The food was amazing. So many diffrent flavours bursting in your mouth, complementing each other every bite you take.You can see that the Chef is in control reflecting in the service atmosphere and food. I would love to eat there every month if it were possible.Looking forward to the next time. Please do something about direction boards a little bit confusing at times.
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  • Superb... Great food, great service with superb waiters, great prices. The rest of the competition need to pay a visit to this place and learn how a proper restaurant should be run. The nearest to Michelin-style food I have had in 4 years of living here.
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  • An overwhelmingly hot day this past Sunday was tempered by a close to perfect dining experience at Overture. Six of us ventured to the restaurant at Hidden Valley, and I was eagerly awaiting my first experience having heard it popping up in quite a few conversations recently. The menu was sublime and I love the concept of choosing what and how you want to eat. The portion sizes are perfect to experience the daily changing menu to its fullest, and so guided by the waitress I opted for 3 savoury courses, mosaic of trout, lamb fillet, and then pork belly. The food was nothing short of sublime, the textures and flavours being perfectly balanced. On the wine front we started with a bottle of the winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and then decided to continue with the paired wine options for each course – a pleasant change to see this being a reasonable option to go with. The waitress also offered us the option to swap and change the wines as we pleased, and still managed to get everyone’s pairing perfectly right. Which leads me onto the service which is so efficient and seamless you hardly notice it - perfect for the setting and not a small achievement. Well done to the team. Can’t wait to be back.
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  • A culinary experience that will be hard to beat. Bertus and his team continues to amaze with the dishes they prepare. The textures, the colours, the tastes, the ambience and the service are unrivalled. I have been searching for the perfect three-mushroom Risotto and alas, I found it! We will return forever!
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  • Wow! Most stunning restaurant. They dont only serve the best and most beautifully presented food, but they also regularly change their menu and the service is always outstanding. While I have the feeling some of Cape Towns former top restaurants are going down, Overture always delivers! Even the prices are comparably good. Thanks for all great dinners I had there! Ill be back.
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  • Stunning ...As restaurant owners we were so pleased with our experience. Good food, good service and good memories. We enjoyed a 4 course food and wine pairing. Lunch... we have already booked our next table. Well worth the visit.
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  • What a stunningly sited restaurant – it really must have one of the best views in the Western Cape. Table appointments and terrace setting were equally pleasing and the food and service did not disappoint. Very good home-made bread, estate olive oil and an amuse bouche of foamy cauliflower soup started what was a most enjoyable Saturday lunch. The daily changing menu is concise and inviting without any rigidity as to starters, mains or puddings – one just chooses 3, 4 or 5 courses. All are matched by an appropriate wine (if desired) but the additional charge for wine matching is so modest that this option is a bargain. Some highlights were, a lovely minty and aromatic salad of Chokka (small squid); beautifully fresh and perfectly cooked Red Steenbras with smooth pomme puree and sauce vierge; and succulent De Denne duck, cabbage and pomme dauphine (can’t remember when I last had those!). A great destination for a splendid lunch in the Winelands – not to be missed!
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  • Truly a cullinary experience hard to beat. Bertuss passion for his ingredients shines through in his sublime creations. Thanks again Bertus, can see why you are rated one of the best chefs.
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  • Had a lovely lunch at Overture. Amazing flavours in dishes with a view to match this.
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  • Chefs Bertus and Craig - well done! The word is out hat this is THE restaurant to go to. The best part is that it is concistently fantastic. Often restauranteurs and chefs conveniently forget that value for money is important. At Overture, this concetp is not forgotten, but ebraced. It is an absolute pleasure to have such a great place where the taste of the food is stlill pleasntly lingering when you get your credit card statement. I have had the priveledge to dine at Overture 3 times since their opening in November. every times were awesome - the creative, ever changing menu forces you to book immediately for the next cullinary tour de force. Keep it up, boys, and we will continue to frequent your restaurant.
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  • Great place!It was dark when we arrived, and I think it would be much nicer to come during daylight (given the view). A bit noisy inside, but we were treated very well by knowledgeable staff. Food excellent if not quite stellar, but the cep ravioli were gorgeous. Would be good to have more vegetarian options.
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  • Wow!! Truly fantastic experience,beutifully cooked food , great sevice and a view of note. The best meal in Cape Town for a long time ps, superb bathrooms
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  • Breathtaking view, awesome contemporary architecture, a chef who changes the menu every day based on what it fresh and prices that truly are good value for money. A winning combination - it is going to fly - book immediately
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  • Awesome new restaurant - Superb food, excellent friendly service and a relaxing atmosphere. A perfect combination for a feast. Would definitely visit again. Thanks Bertus and Craig!
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  • Excellent food, excellent service and a truly breathtaking location.
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