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Terroir

Terroir
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Cost
R250
Ambience
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Food
French, Mediterranean, Modern
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Corkage
R65

Critic's review

Jeanne Calitz

At this celebrated winelands restaurant, chef Michael Broughton serves refined bistro fare with a pronounced seasonal influence.

Food
Over the years, Terroir has become known for several iconic dishes – the prawn risotto being one of them, and chef Michael’s wonderful dessert soufflés being another. Happily, these can still be found on the menu. That fantastic risotto is still as good as ever, served with the perfect sauce Americaine and delicious little pops of sweetcorn for a nice textural surprise. It’s a fantastic way to start your meal here, but the seasonal menu also holds other treats, like the Malay-style baby squid with smoked mackerel, aioli and coconut – a winning dish.

Also known for their duck dishes, you can’t go wrong there, and indeed a dish of confit duck with roasted kohlrabi, rhubarb jus and carrot crumble is expertly prepared, a delight on the plate. Not all the meats receive the same attention though: two servings of rib-eye with butternut terrine and parmesan foam are tasty but not, unfortunately, cooked rare as requested. As for dessert, the soufflé of the day – banana, lime and coconut caramel – is bursting with flavour (if a smidgen undercooked). The true star is the vanilla tart with honey ice cream and almond crumble: truly magnificent. Be sure to ask about the trios of ice cream and sorbets – there are always wonderfully inventive flavours to be enjoyed.

Drinks
Apart from the substantial Kleine Zalze range of wines, the blackboards hold a short but excellent selection of wines – though these do come at a price.

Service
Very welcoming. While helpful and always on stand-by, staff could be a bit more informed about the elements of the dishes, especially where there are many moving parts.

Ambience
This is one of those restaurants that works for all seasons. When it’s cold, ask for a table inside near the fireplace and heaters; when the weather’s sunny, the place to be is outside on the terrace, with it’s lovely views over the estate and the Stellenbosch mountains. The décor is all inviting warm tones, with wooden furniture and touches of red.

Best for...
Perfect for that ‘winelands lunch’ visiting friends from the Transvaal (or UK) will be asking about.

(2018)

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    Food
    There is no fancy entrance to this well-established wine farm restaurant, nor is the interior posh, but the food delivers with refinement and robust flavours. The menu dips into French and Asian influences, which allows for bold flavours like toasted whole brinjal with salty ponzu and bonito flakes. Chef Michael Broughton has a magic touch with his memorable sauces, especially the Sauce Américaine, which is the highlight of his iconic prawn risotto. If you spot it on the chalkboard menu, order it immediately. Tuck in after your snack of smoked olives and slices of tomato focaccia dipped in olive oil.

    Whether it’s a perfectly cooked piece of monk fish with seasonal emerald-green broad beans and a smash of roasted potatoes, or slices of beef fillet with the super finely cut buttery pommes Anna, the flavours will be the highlight – and so will the pops of colour.

    Of the ice cream flavours of the day, which will disappear quickly once they arrive at the table, the banana might turn out tops, though there will surely be fanfare about the marinated strawberry and black sesame flavours.

    Drinks
    The wine list offers great value for money. Enjoy Klein Zalze estate wines by the glass, especially the brut rosé.

    Service
    Lovely and friendly local folk make you feel welcome in a relaxed but professional way.

    Ambience
    It’s cosy inside at night with a glimpse into the kitchen. Lunch outside is a little haven, with a view of a golf course and the manicured garden.

    And…
    Have a pre-meal tasting at the wine cellar.

    (October 2017)

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User reviews

  • Compared to other fine dining experiences a disappointing evening. Neither Service, nor food could convince us.
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  • Cape malay squid starter was exquisite. The confit duck croquettes which came with the duck mains were sublime. As per usual, everything on the plates looked stellar, tasted better and nothing was there just for the sake of using it.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair

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