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The Goatshed Restaurant

The Goatshed Restaurant
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Kids, Quick meals, Views
Food
Bakery fare, Health food, Mediterranean, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R80(wine only)

Critic's review

Tshepang Molisana

Food
I’m a huge fan of anything that involves sharing. Start with a cheeseboard, served with artisanal bread, preserves and your choice of a selection of cheeses. If you’re not satiated, selected a delicious open sandwich, or try the Fairview lamb curry. I was told the curry is a favourite, and it’s not difficult to understand why. It consists of fragrant lamb shoulder, served with basmati rice, poppadum, tomato salsa, coriander, chilli sauce and labneh. Alternatively, if you’re looking to tuck into something warm and comforting, order a Fairview farm pie, made with chicken, lamb, beef or pork. The Pastures section on the menu offers a selection of hearty, farm-style meals to tuck into before selecting a dessert. Dessert options range from a pecan nut and chocolate brownie, to an affogato.

Drinks
The tasting room and cheese deli next door are almost perpetually busy, and it’s clear why. The Fairview wines on offer at The Goatshed range from The Beacon Shiraz, to the less serious, but still good, Goats do Roam Red. CBC craft beers are also available.

Service
This place is busy. Make a reservation to be safe, but you will be well attended to once you are seated. Fairview is a very popular tourist destination there is a level of quality and attention to detail throughout the Fairview experience.

Ambience
The goats are termed ‘the hardest working members of the Fairview team’ and a few of them frolic in the actual goatshed at the entrance. It’s a wonderful attraction for children and a sensational place to enjoy the magic of Paarl with the whole family.

And…
There is so much to see and do at Fairview, pop into the deli to taste the cheeses, and enjoy a Master wine tasting while you’re in the tasting room. There is ample parking, so if you drive dry, you can easily explore the Paarl area.

(October 2017)

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  • Jeanne Calitz

    Food 
    A great way to start your meal here, especially if you’re sharing the table with a group of friends or family, is by ordering a nice big cheeseboard. Pick one from the menu or create your own cheese platter by choosing from their variety of fine offerings. Accompanied by fresh bread, cured meats and preserves,the cheese could make up an entire meal by itself. But if you’re in the mood for something more substantial, this cosy restaurant offers a nice range of what they call bistro meals: chicken and mushroom pie, springbok shank and lamb shoulder, for example. On the cold day of our visit, the lamb curry was the winner, with melt-in-the-mouth meat. Served with basmati rice, a coriander and tomato salsa as well as poppadums, this is a very satisfying dish. The dessert menu is quite straightforward: you’ll find cheesecake, a chocolate brownie, crème brûlée and malva pudding. The selection of the chef’s three desserts of the day may offer more excitement, as well as good value for money.

    Drinks 
    The wine options are, naturally, limited to the Fairview range, but these offer good quality at good prices, and all are available by the glass. Apart from the wines, you can look forward to CBC craft beers, some fine coffee, and, on the soft-drink side, some lovely homemade cordials.

    Service 
    This eatery does brisk business come rain or shine, and fills up quickly especially on weekends, so staff members are visibly busy. With an exception here and there, though, things move swiftly and friendly enough.

    Ambience 
    On cold days the interior with its heated floors and simple wooden tables is the place to be. It really is a roomy, comfortable venue. When the sun is shining, ask for a table on the terrace for a view over the winelands, to be enjoyed with a bottle of white and perhaps some nice chevin.

    And... 
    Needless to say, the place is very family friendly. The offer a kiddies’ menu, there’s lots of room to move inside and space to run about outside. Then, of course, there’s the endless fascination of the estate’s goats, going unhindered about their chewy business as they move about the nearby pen and up the stairs of the little tower which has become the farm’s signature sign.

    (July 2014)

  • Sit out on the terrace and order a platter of charcuterie and the famous Fairview cheeses, washed down with bottles of estate wine. Daily specials could include burgers, excellent pies, salads and pastas. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    The thing to do is order a platter of charcuterie and the famous cheeses from Fairview and pair them with a bottle of wine. Go on to one of the specials for the day, which could be a casserole or two, hamburgers, excellent chicken pies, and fabulous bread right from their kitchens.

    Wine
    The excellent wines of Fairview are, of course, available at good prices.

    Service
    Friendly and efficient.

    Ambience
    This spot is wildly popular, especially in the summer, when sitting outside in the large enclosed courtyard with its festive umbrellas is first prize. The kids will love watching the goats climbing up and down their tower while peacocks strut around.

    And...
    Take home some cheeses and wine from the adjoining wine and cheese tasting rooms. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • This past Sunday we visited The Goatshed for the 1st time.
    Sadly it was one on the worst dining experience we have had, especially after the awesome food at Dutch East Restaurant in Franschhoek on the Friday.

    The service was non-existent, the food was delivered at different times, 2 guests food was almost done by the time by husbands food arrived. The food arrived with no cutlery so we had to wait for that to arrive.
    My fillet was supposed to be medium it was brown right through, no pink in sight. It had no flavour at all.

    The Sunday special which we asked for was sold out at 2.30pm but was still being advertised on the boards.
    When I asked for something else with mash I was told that they could substitute, my fillet arrived with potato wedges.

    The other guests found the food to be bland and ill prepared.

    We had just come from the Spice Route where the staff there are friendly, efficient and hospitable.
    The Goatshed Restaurant was overall a very unpleasant experience.
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  • This is worth the trip out of the city. Loved the cheese tasting – perfect if you have vegetarians along. It’s a pity that you can buy the cheese but not the delicious orange preserve.

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  • For the first two years we ordered the same dish every time we went - we could not believe that another dish could be as good - until our friends ordered different items and gave us a taste when they lauded the dish - so now my favourite is the roast duck and I'll go all the way from Cape Town just to have that pleasure. It's on the musts of all our overseas friends' lists of places to go... and we have never yet been disappointed - that's after probably 20 visits at least. It's one of the few restaurants I know of where quality of food and friendliness of service is never compromised, and as far as value for money goes, even with the cost of petrol we still get a bargain. Please don't ever change, Shannon! I rate service a 6/5, food a 6/5 and ambience a 6/5.

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  • The food for the adults might be tempting, but they totally forgot about the little ones. While they tell you how important it is to fight against obesity in kids and they therefore don't have fries and burgers on the menu they don't offer many healthy choices instead. They have only two dishes on the menu that you can get as a kids size portion (no special children's dishes at all) and that is spare ribs and one beef dish. What child is eating that? What would be wrong with a chicken dish or scrambled eggs? That is also healthy. We decided to not go there because we won't enjoy our food if our kids are sitting there starving.

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  • As always, the food and ambience at Fairview was fabulous. We booked for lunch and when we arrived the restaurant was already packed. We figured we would be in for a wait with food and beverages... and Roger our waiter even warned us they were really busy that day and things might take longer than usual. Roger was super efficient, and even though the restaurant was busy, we hardly waited for our drinks or our food. The cheese and cold meat platters were delicious served with a mountain of fresh bread. The wine is very reasonable, with the rose at R40. A great lunch that does not cost an arm and a leg.Will keep returning!
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  • This is one of those easy-going, down-to-earth barnyard eateries that cater extremely well for lunchtime tourists as well as it does for locals who want to laze over a cheese platter and a couple of carafes of wine on a Saturday afternoon. The popularity amongst the large tour companies make it essential to make reservations in advance. Despite the foul weather, the entire restaurant, except the outside area, was packed to capacity, probably by the occupants of the 3 coaches parked outside.Our waitress, Bongi, was clearly out of her depth as far as service was concerned and I had to call her on a number of occasions to perform various service duties. A little bit of training will also go a long way when it comes to wait staff reciting specials of the day.Notwithstanding below-standard service, the food was good. The “Chef’s choice cheese platter for 3” (R58) was served with fresh bread and wine that was way too cold for a Merlot. Possibly someone put the container in the fridge and forgot to take it out before service. “Lamb Rump with Thyme and parmesan polenta set on aubergine compote with Olive jus” (R89) was quite rare but very tasty and more than acceptable for farm food. My guest was very happy with her “Smoked trout set on baby leaves and seasonal fruits” (R66) and my “fragrant shoulder of lamb with basmati rice, fresh coriander, caraway yogurt and manganello seed bread” (R85) was rich, delicious and most enjoyable, even though the rice was either undercooked or reheated.With hindsight, the cheese platter would have been more than adequate as a light meal, but it did not stop us from finishing the rest of our order with delight.Great for no-nonsense, good value-for-money farm fair as long as you don’t mind the throng of tourists.
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