The Pool Room Oak Valley Estates

Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Country-style fare, French
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Food
This restaurant, located on the Oak Valley wine estate in Elgin, is famous for their charcuterie platter, which features products made from acorn-fed pork and grass-fed beef, with Wagyu beef being available every now and then. The more than 4000 oak trees here give the pork its own distinctive flavour. On the platter there is also excellent duck liver pâté, local cheese, homemade preserves and irresistible bread from their wood fired ovens, the smell of which assails the nostrils as you enter. The vegetarian version features spanakopita, dips of the day, roast vegetables, grilled halloumi and marinated olives. The seared beef carpaccio, served with green olive tapenade and marinated artichokes, and the Norwegian salmon tartare with chive crème fraiche, make delicious light starters. Mains of slow roast pork belly or neck with a pear and apple cider purée, and the hefty burgers, will please any carnivore. But if you are really serious about meat, ask for the cuts of the day and have them done on the wood fired grill, lending it a unique flavour. Add sides of your choice and you will be smiling. The baked cheese cake with berry compote is a good way to end.

Drinks
Only the famous wines of Oak Valley are on offer by the glass or bottle, except for some bubblies from other suppliers in the area. No BYO

Service
Smooth, relaxed and friendly.

Ambience
With a gorgeous blue and very large pool as its raison d’être, obviously the best time to be here is in the summer, when you can get some eye candy along with your meal. Even so, the views through the trees are wonderful any time of the year.

And …
There is also a kiddies’ menu; the Pears soap in the wash rooms shows you where their hearts lie.

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  • Greg Malan

    Food
    This restaurant, located on the Oak Valley wine estate in Elgin, is famous for their charcuterie platter, which features products made from acorn-fed pork and grass-fed beef, with Wagyu beef being available every now and then. The more than 4000 oak trees here give the pork its own distinctive flavour. On the platter there is also excellent duck liver pâté, local cheese, homemade preserves and irresistible bread from their wood fired ovens, the smell of which assails the nostrils as you enter. The vegetarian version features spanakopita, dips of the day, roast vegetables, grilled halloumi and marinated olives. The seared beef carpaccio, served with green olive tapenade and marinated artichokes, and the Norwegian salmon tartare with chive crème fraiche, make delicious light starters. Mains of slow roast pork belly or neck with a pear and apple cider purée, and the hefty burgers, will please any carnivore. But if you are really serious about meat, ask for the cuts of the day and have them done on the wood fired grill, lending it a unique flavour. Add sides of your choice and you will be smiling. The baked cheese cake with berry compote is a good way to end.

    Drinks
    Only the famous wines of Oak Valley are on offer by the glass or bottle, except for some bubblies from other suppliers in the area. No BYO

    Service
    Smooth, relaxed and friendly.

    Ambience
    With a gorgeous blue and very large pool as its raison d’être, obviously the best time to be here is in the summer, when you can get some eye candy along with your meal. Even so, the views through the trees are wonderful any time of the year.

    And …
    There is also a kiddies’ menu; the Pears soap in the wash rooms shows you where their hearts lie.

    October 2015

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User reviews

  • What a beautiful location, sitting around the pool in the gorgeous gardens! The service is personal and attentive and the food is delicious, this is a gem of a restaurant! Do go and enjoy!
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  • We took the day off to go to The Pool Room, which we got to know under a different name and management and was sorely disappointed by their food. My friend got a piece of fish with a smattering of mash underneath and had to fill up on bread and some of my chips. I had a hamburger, also very disappointing in taste. We left and at Kleinmond we both had to run to the loo with upset stomachs. We had only had food at the Pool Room that day. When I complained to the owner the following day she had more to say than I did and I could barely get a word in edgeways. She also demanded a doctor's certificate from us. I was disgusted with her lack of tact and suggested that she needs to learn how to handle clients, also that her food was inferior and made us sick. The food is also totally overpriced and not in a five star category at all!! After that unpleasant experience I shall never go there again and wont recommend it to my friends either. Her restaurant spoils the lovely setting there. Some of the reviews were written concerning the previous restaurant which was super. This owner has only recently taken over and has to brush up her cooking skills because service is not the only thing which counts, especially at the exorbitant prices which she charges - R185 for a piece of fish! What a pity. Ursula Light CT
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  • Our family usually picks a spot in Elgin/Grabouw where we can meet up as it's a way to spend time together for us who live so far apart. We picked the Pool Room for this reason, but our reason for wanting to return is certainly not the same. The setting sets the tone from the start. Beautiful tables arranged around a sparkling blue pool, with ample umbrellas to see to the shading. We tried to coordinate ordering a variety of dishes amongst ourselves so that we could have a maximum experience of the menu, and in each instance that was no loser around the table. Each dish delivered in terms of presentation and flavour, from the acorn fed pork & pistachio terrine starter to the delicious Wagyu Beef steak. I should add, the Cape Malay curry cream served with the Kabeljou went sooo well with the hand cut chips! The dark chocolate and coffee dessert was a great match for the Oak Valley Pinot Noir. I can't wait to make up another excuse the head over the mountain and visit them again.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, Charcuterie platter for the table with "to die for" ciabatta, carpaccio stunning, gnocci with wild mushrooms, Steaks for mains - delicious, oven roasted beetroot with sour cream & chives, the best handcut chips ever, literally had to make space for dessert. 8 of us gave it 10/10
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  • The expectations are high because of the setting, the friendly service and the owner always being in attendance.
    The food was disappointing. Sorry, no fillet, no fish and the calamari comes pan fried. Well, I wish. As a non meat eater, and not keen on a starch only pasta option, it was salad or calamari. It was slimey, barely cooked, pale tubes in cream. The other guests settled for steaks that were mediocre and the side salad (only option) unless you order expensive sides, consisted of greens a few tomatoes and sprouts. Sad, as this is a beautiful place.

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  • Absolutely wonderful! Not pretentious, great food, stunning setting. A real find for us.

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  • This is a beautiful country restaurant to head out to on the weekend for pure relaxation. It is quite simply gorgeous and is located next to the old family pool house. Decor is relaxed and refined and the food is simple and delicious. I am a huge fan of Chef Nicole Precourdis! Her food rocks! Look out for her charcuterie products in the deli and make sure you stock up to take some home! This is quite simply my new favourite summer restaurant!

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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