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The Restaurant at Grande Provence

The Restaurant at Grande Provence
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Cost
R230 per person
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Jeanette Clark

Food
First to arrive is a serving of melt-in-your-mouth Middle Eastern lavash flatbread with new-bean hummus, followed by two complimentary canapés. The bobotie samoosa and cheese churros kick off the dining experience on just the right umami note.

For starters you won’t go wrong with the flaky smoked snoek, prepared with oyster cream, fish kaiings and Malay onions. It’s a mild and fresh dish, setting the scene for the dining experience to follow.

You’ll be rewarded for choosing the springbok rump with mieliepap, chakalaka, buchu and honey jus for the sheer joy of the combination of flavours, but the taste sensation that is the lamb rump, morogo and rooibos jus is perfection on a plate. The expertly cooked lamb – with a thin layer of crisp and juicy fat on the one side of the medallions – may entice you to disregard all manners and lick the plate clean.

For dessert, the coffee parfait with hazelnut praline, cocoa nibs and tonka-bean ice cream is a sweet sensation and must-have for coffee-lovers.

Drinks
Each dish on offer is paired well with a wine from the estate, but you could also choose a bottle from the wine list, which adds one or two wine options from France and Hungary, as well as various other drinks. The tea selection is definitely something to have a look at, featuring a green tea infused with Japanese sour cherries.

Service
In a word: excellent. The dining experience starts prior to arrival, with a courtesy confirmation call earlier in the day, and extends to a warm and welcome reception at the wine estate’s front gate.

Ambience
On a cold wintery night, the intimacy of the high-backed leather chairs –
cocooning you and your dining party in privacy – along with the ambient noise of the fire licking away in the fireplace make this a cosy and plush affair. Make a quick stop in the art gallery, or admire South African sculptor Anton Smith’s work in the gardens before you leave.

Best for…
Celebrating a milestone or anniversary with your significant other.

(July 2019)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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  • Ilse van der Merwe

    Food
    Lead by Chef Guy Bennett since 2017, the menu at The Restaurant is a testament to global diversity with some strong South African influences, ranging from very fresh and light to rich and opulent in flavour and texture. On the winter starter menu you’ll find Saldanha oysters and Franschhoek trout, but also hot and cold poke with saltwater prawns, tempura vegetables and pickled daikon. The creamy cauliflower risotto with herb butter and brie is a delectable winter favourite, and the tuna tataki is a textural, punchy treat.

    Main courses include their signature dish of braised Karoo lamb neck with sweetbreads, butternut, dukkah and BBQ jus, as well as local line fish with butter poached mussels, chive risotto, lemon and kholrabi. The beef broth is a triumph - a dark meaty broth with exceptional balance, filled with short rib, noodles, shimejis and corn wontons. A vegetarian winner is the pan fried potato gnocchi with cauliflower, peanut crunch, spinach and fior di latte.

    For dessert, choose between three options like the perfectly cooked 70% chocolate fondant with peanut ice cream, orange and sesame or the honey parfait with macadamia crumble, passion fruit sorbet and pear.

    Two options of chicken or fish are available for smaller kids at R120, served with chips and salad.

    Drinks
    Grande Provence offers all of their estate wines on the restaurant’s wine list, including a few internationally sourced items. Wine recommendations are made alongside each dish on the a la carte menu with pricing per glass. Also available is a list of coffees, cold drinks and other popular drinks like beers and liqueur.

    Service
    Service is exceptional in every aspect with very well trained staff.

    Ambience
    This is a premium estate in every way - the grounds, hospitality, food and service. The restaurant interior is modern and light with contrasting visuals between the white leather upholstered chairs and the dark blue walls. Exceptional quality linen and napery is displayed on the tables, speaking of a careful eye for detail and perfection. During winter, a log fire keeps the interior warm and cosy. Large glass door panels can be opened up during summer, linking diners to the pristine garden and massive oak trees outside.

    Best for...
    The Restaurant at Grande Provence is perfect for special occasions or to treat your international guests to the best of the Franschhoek Valley.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • We had a lovely Sunday lunch. The food was well prepared and arrived promptly.
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  • We enjoyed dinner there on Friday 01/11/2018. The ambiance was good and so was the service. The food was delicious. The waiters do not give you enough time in between the courses and we felt a bit rushed because as soon as you finish the starter, the mains arrives and as soon as they take that the dessert is served. Overall a beautiful & cosy restaurant.
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  • The food was delicious and beautifully plated. My only complaint was that we were seated in a gallery section that became bitterly cold in the late afternoon.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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