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.
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Ilse van der Merwe
Husband and wife team Luke and Jessica Shepherd run a tight ship as the formidable host and chef behind The Table Restaurant. They’ve always had a strong and loyal local following since their days at Nook Eatery, making guests feel at home with their honest hospitality and undeniably delicious food.
The Table only serves lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – best during summer for the magical setting under the oak trees. Bookings are essential and the menu is restricted to a generous three-course feast (set menu) that allows you to settle into a lazy and relaxed Winelands daze. Tables are served platter-style which allows for a generous, no-rush approach of extended hours around the lunch table with family and friends.
Jess’s background as a pastry chef allows her to create truly skilful pastries (savoury tarts as well as decadent desserts), but it is her understanding of ingredients and flavours that makes her an all-round master chef. The approach at The Table is down to earth, unpretentious and absolutely scrumptious.
The menu changes weekly, but a winter example might include the following: leek, potato and parsnip soup with homemade sour cream, fried sage from the garden and truffle oil; pasture-raised beef braised in red wine, roasted carrots, organic pumpkin barley risotto, candied beetroot salad with fennel and radish, white chocolate panna cotta with garden kumquat and passionfruit jam and olive oil shortbread crumb.
The beetroot tarte tatin with homemade creme fraiche and micro salad is an absolute dream, using beetroots straight from their new vegetable garden. All ingredients are sourced from the best producers, including Farmer Rico’s huge free-range chickens from Boschendal – magnificent in a white coq au vin. Jess’s winter puds are to die for, especially the warm apple cake with cider butter sauce and homemade lime yoghurt ice cream. This is some of the best country-style food that you’ll find in the Winelands.
The wine list showcases De Meye’s wines, also including an MCC from Villiera.
The service is warm, relaxed, attentive and informed.
The Table is most loved for their lazy outdoor summer lunches under the beautiful oak trees at De Meye – a very special setting that induces tranquility and relaxation. In winter they move indoors to their rustic farm dining rooms with the cosiness of a Queen Anne wood-burning stove and eclectic vintage crockery.
Don’t forget to mention any dietary requirements on making a reservation – they will accommodate as far as they can. Your “properly supervised and well-behaved children” are welcome to join and will be charged 50% of the set menu price. They also have certain dates when well-socialized dogs are welcome.
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