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The Restaurant at Newton Johnson

The Restaurant at Newton Johnson
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Cost
R300 for two courses; R350 for three courses lunch; R595 for a six-course lunch; R460 for a four-course dinner; R595 for a six-course tasting menu (excluding wines)
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Modern, South African
Payment
Diners, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

Food
A concise menu, with only a few options per course, means that the kitchen team hones its skills on each and every plate of food that leaves the pass. With special attention to the provenance of ingredients, seasonal and often lesser-used items find their way onto the menu, and the results are nuanced and delicious. Look out for dishes such as the smoked False Bay mackerel with borscht and horseradish chantilly. For mains, there is generally a choice of four options. The braised free-range pork cheek, tongue and sirloin with caramelised Packham pears and cauliflower is wonderful, as is the perfectly prepared Chalmar beef with three types of onions, and the chickpea fries accompany anything really well. Don’t think that just because the savoury courses are so good you can skimp on dessert: the Hot Chocolate, with soft molasses nougat and kumquat is a must, or if you don’t have a sweet tooth, the locally selected cheese platter is an excellent choice.

Drinks
The majority of vintages on the wine list are from the estate, with the rest predominantly coming from the surrounding Overberg region, with many available by the glass. There is also usually at least one artisanal beer available, and a good selection of spirits.

Service
Professional, polite and very efficient. Members of staff are well trained and happy to answer questions about the menu.

Ambience
Spectacular views of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley are framed by large sliding glass doors, and the muted tones of the interior thankfully mean they go unrivalled. The atmosphere is relaxed, slightly at odds with the level of cuisine, but it works, and guests can watch their food being prepared in the small open kitchen and pass.

And…
You’ll want to take home a bottle or a case of any of the estate's top pinot noirs.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • The views from the tasting room and restaurant are spectacular and that in itself is a reason to visit this estate. It’s a bonus that the food at the restaurant is so delicious. The menu is small, but this does not mean it’s not good. The coffee is excellent too. The service is friendly and attentive and we left happy and full. (Just a tip: The side order of fries is enough for the table, especially if you have two or three courses. We made the mistake of ordering a portion per person and it was way too much!)
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  • Disgraceful meal-- A shame to serve gnocchi with pickled cauliflower described as deep fried cauliflower???? Complained to waitron and no one bothered to address our complaint!!! WILL NEVER RETURN
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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