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The Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild

The Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food
Payment
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Critic's review

Lentswe Bhengu

Food
Local produce shines on the plates of chef Carmen Muller – 2015’s Eat Out Rising Star. It’s a tough choice between the Rupert & Rothschild and the Wines of the World food-and-wine pairings. The former includes tasting glasses of three local wines produced on the estate, each paired with a dish. Baroness Nadine Chardonnay partners with beautifully cooked Franschhoek trout with a tonka bean velouté and an almond gremolata; Classique (a Bordeaux blend) with barn-raised quail, purple fig-and-pomegranate glaze and spiced red cabbage; and Baron Edmond (Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) with braised veal brisket, pickled wild mushrooms and celeriac purée.

Alternatively, choose from the chef’s menu, which includes two starters – a vegetarian tart and the Franschhoek trout – and larger portions of some of the dishes from the tasting menu for mains. Other options include a deliciously caramelised roast lamb served on melt-in-the-mouth ricotta gnudi with a parley velouté, topped with cured egg yolk. Another standout is the pasture-reared pork belly coated in pork crackling “popcorn” and served with Puy lentils and an heirloom carrot purée.

Vegetarians will love heirloom pumpkin with field mushrooms, gnocchi and a sage beurre noisette. For dessert, choose between the dessert of the day, which may be a decadently dark chocolate torte with peanut butter ice cream and nuggets of fudge. There is also a fabulously fragrant cheese platter, with a choice between local or imported cheeses.

Drinks
A small, but excellent, wine list consisting of the three locally produced wines from the estate, plus four imported from New Zealand, France and Argentina. The Wines of the World pairing includes the three local wines, plus a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a Malbec from Argentina, a red blend from France and a Champagne, and their accompanying dishes.

Service
Knowledgable and friendly.

Ambience
Stylish, light and airy, with beautiful views of the Franschhoek mountains.

And…
Save space for the complimentary petits-fours served with coffee.

(September 2016)

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  • Graham Howe

    Food
    The fare at new restaurant Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons in the Cape Winelands is layered with flavour, showcasing classic French technique.
    The menu at this brand-new winelands venue showcases the wine, tempting with an à la carte menu and two variations on food and wine tasting menus focused on either local Rupert & Rothschild wines or wines of the world. In an unusual take, the wine is the headline, matched below to dishes specially created by talented young chef Carmen Muller (former pastry chef at Terroir).

    Everything is made from scratch in this country kitchen, starting with wholesome wholegrain breads baked from stone-ground flour, served with salted truffle butter and duck pâté. The style is contemporary bistro with the accent on the natural flavours of signature South African ingredients like grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, pork, springbok, Karoo lamb and farm duck.

    The tasting platters are exquisitely presented, pairing wines with bite-sized dishes like pumpkin-and-corn croquettes in leek cream, crispy pork belly with quince glaze, and smoked hake with pea velouté. The main ingredient in each dish is enhanced with earthy, smoked flavours, slow-braised, roasted textures, and heirloom root vegetables, which complement the big red wines. Don’t miss the signature duck, cherry and juniper berry pie with roasted savoy cabbage. The Franco-South African synergy of food and wine at this delightful newcomer to the Winelands is as refreshing as the real ratatouille on the menu – or the flute of Barons de Rothschild Brut Champagne served with cold-smoked salmon in a gingerbeer glaze. Vive la difference!

    Drinks
    An exclusive connoisseur’s wine-list features renowned labels in the Rupert & Rothschild stables from the Cape, France, Argentina and New Zealand, served by the tasting glass (with individual neck tags for each wine) and bottle.

    Service
    Sleek and attentive, with great attention to detail.

    Ambience
    The chic new restaurant offers picture-postcard views of the Simonsberg with a garden terrace for long summer lunches, and a fascinating Huguenot print gallery.

    And…
    If you miss lunch, try the imported fromage platter with freshly baked breads (R155) or the petit dessert plate of macarons, madeleines and Valhrona chocolate brownie (R40), both of which are served all-day.

  • Graham Howe

    Food
    The fare at new restaurant Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons in the Cape Winelands is layered with flavour, showcasing classic French technique.
    The menu at this brand-new winelands venue showcases the wine, tempting with an à la carte menu and two variations on food and wine tasting menus focused on either local Rupert & Rothschild wines or wines of the world. In an unusual take, the wine is the headline, matched below to dishes specially created by talented young chef Carmen Muller (former pastry chef at Terroir).
    Everything is made from scratch in this country kitchen, starting with wholesome wholegrain breads baked from stone-ground flour, served with salted truffle butter and duck pâté. The style is contemporary bistro with the accent on the natural flavours of signature South African ingredients like grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, pork, springbok, Karoo lamb and farm duck.
    The tasting platters are exquisitely presented, pairing wines with bite-sized dishes like pumpkin-and-corn croquettes in leek cream, crispy pork belly with quince glaze, and smoked hake with pea velouté. The main ingredient in each dish is enhanced with earthy, smoked flavours, slow-braised, roasted textures, and heirloom root vegetables, which complement the big red wines. Don’t miss the signature duck, cherry and juniper berry pie with roasted savoy cabbage. The Franco-South African synergy of food and wine at this delightful newcomer to the Winelands is as refreshing as the real ratatouille on the menu – or the flute of Barons de Rothschild Brut Champagne served with cold-smoked salmon in a gingerbeer glaze. Vive la difference!

    Drinks
    An exclusive connoisseur’s wine-list features renowned labels in the Rupert & Rothschild stables from the Cape, France, Argentina and New Zealand, served by the tasting glass (with individual neck tags for each wine) and bottle.

    Service
    Sleek and attentive, with great attention to detail.

    Ambience
    The chic new restaurant offers picture-postcard views of the Simonsberg with a garden terrace for long summer lunches, and a fascinating Huguenot print gallery.

    And…
    If you miss lunch, try the imported fromage platter with freshly baked breads (R155) or the petit dessert plate of macarons, madeleines and Valhrona chocolate brownie (R40), both of which are served all-day.

    October 2015

  • Graham Howe

    Beyond expectations, the fare at newcomer Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons in Klapmuts is exquisitely layered with flavour, showcasing classic French technique in the kitchen, says Eat Out critic Graham Howe.

    Food
    The menu at this brand-new winelands venue showcases the wine, tempting with an à la carte menu and two variations on food and wine tasting menus focused on either local Rupert & Rothschild wines or wines of the world. In an unusual take, the wine is the headline, matched below to dishes specially created by talented young chef Carmen Muller (former pastry chef at Terroir).

    Everything is made from scratch in this country kitchen, starting with wholesome wholegrain breads baked from stone-ground flour served with salted truffle butter and duck pâté.

    The style is contemporary bistro with the accent on the natural flavours of signature South African ingredients like grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, pork, springbok, Karoo lamb and farm duck.

    The tasting platters are exquisitely presented, pairing wines with bite-sized dishes like pumpkin-and-corn croquettes in leek cream, crispy pork belly with quince glaze, and smoked hake with pea velouté.

    The main ingredient in each dish is enhanced with earthy, smoked flavours, slow-braised, roasted textures, and heirloom root vegetables, which complement the big red wines. Don’t miss the signature duck, cherry and juniper berry pie with roasted savoy cabbage.

    This Franco-South African synergy of food and wine at this delightful newcomer to the Winelands is as refreshing as the real ratatouille on the menu – or a flute of Barons de Rothschild Brut Champagne served with cold-smoked salmon in a gingerbeer glaze. Vive la difference!

    Drinks
    An exclusive connoisseur’s wine-list features renowned labels in the Rupert & Rothschild stables from the Cape, France, Argentina and New Zealand, served by the tasting glass (with individual neck tags for each wine) and bottle.

    Service
    Sleek and attentive, with great attention to detail.

    Ambience
    The chic new restaurant offers picture-postcard views of the Simonsberg with a garden terrace for long summer lunches, and a fascinating Huguenot print gallery.

    And…
    If you miss lunch, try the imported fromage platter with freshly baked breads (R155) or the petit dessert plate of macarons, madeleines and Valhrona chocolate brownie (R40), both of which are served all-day.

    (August 2015)

User reviews

  • My boyfriend and I enjoy good wine, and we have always enjoyed Rupert & Rothschild wines, so we were very excited when we stumbled upon their beautiful farm in Franshoek. The waitress was very attentive to our taste for wine and brought us only the best to taste. The menu that was given to us only had the prices of the bottles on it, and not once was any price of tasting mentioned to us, thus we presumed it was free- as many wine tastings are if you purchase wine. Whilst tasting, we got rather peckish, and the waitress suggested a cheese plate- again, no mention of the price. We chose two of the more affordable bottles to take home (R150/bottle) as well as a bottle of olive oil (R 95). When the bill came we were shocked. R 800- the price of an extravagant lunch at any good restaurant!!! When we examined the slip, we were shocked to see we had been charged per glass for wine tasting and R 190 for a cheese plate!!! We enquired about the cheese, and the manager informed us it was cheese imported from France. My boyfriend, being French, commented that the cheese was plasticey tasting and definitely not of French origin. Although delicious wine, Rupert & Rothschild is not worth the visit!!! They are clearly trying to milk their customers for all that they are worth.
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  • Lovely wine, great food pairing. Thandiwe was a great guide to our dining experience.
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  • Rupert & Rothschild what a Splendid place to enjoy lunch on any season - quite good wines and the food is fantastic, the grounds are breathtaking. The service, ambience and setting is outstanding. A must see while you visiting Cape Winelands. Easy to access via R45 from N1.
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  • My husband and I decided to try a new dining experience and were very pleased that we had chosen Rupert and Rothschild which is situated in the Cape Winelands. We loved the fact that it was sophisticated and elegant dining...and yet so cosy and comfortable. The R&R Baroness Nadine wine and Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut are delectable and I would definitely recommend it. We thoroughly enjoyed the Confit Pasture-Reared Pork Belly which was served with dainty vegetables. Our compliments go to the Sous Chef, Arista Du Plessis. It was truly a very enlightening and enjoyable experience.
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  • From the moment I walked in I felt welcome and in awe. The service was excellent and the food was delicious and innovative. The wines . . . superb. The outdoor dining areas are gorgeous and the general vibe is all about great food/ wine, but in a relaxed and welcoming environment. I highly recommend this experience to anyone that wants a quality dining adventure.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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