The Table at De Meye

The Table at De Meye
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R355 for three-course set menu
Groups, Special occasions
Bistro fare, Modern
Mastercard, Visa
R60 (wines and MCC's not produced by the farm)

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Comforting country fare has become the hallmark of this much-loved winelands restaurant where chef Jessica Shepherd, together with husband Luke Grant, has created an idyllic farm-dining destination. Each week Shepherd conjures up a three-course set-menu of seasonally inspired dishes, served family-style. Depending on the season, and what’s fresh out of the couple’s extensive kitchen gardens, the menu could begin with savoury tomato tart, baby leaf salad and wood-fired sourdough, before moving on to slow-roasted flat-rib of grass-fed beef. On the side, platters arrive piled with potato dauphinoise, baked quince, roasted aubergines or garden salad to keep hungry diners happy.

While there’s certainly no rush, dessert can never come quickly enough here. Shepherd’s a dab hand in the pastry section, and the likes of chocolate pavé or citrus cake present a perfect end to the meal. Advance bookings are highly recommended.

A small list focused on the accessible well-priced wines of De Meye, with a handful of craft beers and ciders.

Befitting the laid-back venue the service is relaxed, yet friendly and attentive.

The Table is idyllic in summer when tables are set on shaded lawns beneath the oak trees, while winter offers the cosiness of rustic farm dining rooms and the cheer of a wood-burning stove.

Although it’s a set menu, with advance notice chef Jessica is happy to cater for most dietary requirements.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

  • The Table at De Maye offers farm to fork dining at its finest. This idyllic working farm, with its own boutique winery, exemplifies the way we should be eating - consciously, with ceremony and celebration. A three-course menu is created weekly by chef power couple, Jessica Shepard and Luke Grant, based on what's available in the kitchen garden that week, together with responsibly sourced seasonal produce from other local farms. Sumptuous, sharing-style platters are served with a breakdown of where each ingredient comes from, while you sit back and feast to your heart's content. Expect hearty, honest, generous home-style fare at its absolute best - where simple, quality ingredients shine through. You can truly taste the love and care that goes into every bite. While the menu is set, with prior warning they kindly cater to special dietary requirements and therefore you can always invite that one friend (you know which one). Summer offers idyllic dining under the trees, while on colder days the indoors offers a haven of farm-house cosiness. While you're there, stock up your pantry with the beautiful selection of jams, preserves, olives, pasture-reared eggs, and other treats. As a tough critic, I recently procured some of the best marmalade jam I have ever had. In a nutshell, a celebration of ingredients and life, a special experience to enjoy with the ones you love. *Booking in advance is recommended. Open for lunch from Thursday through Sunday.
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  • Imagine summer in Europe, tables set under trees, sunshine sifting through the leafs and wholesome family meals - the Table at De Meye is Al Fresco dining at its best. You can expect a 3-course set menu made from ingredients either grown on location or sourced from local famers. We had the best beetroot tarte tartin, slow-roasted lamb and berry coulis for dessert. Big shareable plates offer more than enough for everyone, and the carefully curated menu brings surprising, yet enjoyable flavours that keeps both the traditionalists and modernists satisfied.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

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