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The Table at De Meye

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

Critic's review

Jess Spiro

Housed on the idyllic De Meye wine farm, The Table is easily one of the most unassuming spots to head out to for lunch. Yet, this farm-to-table restaurant, run by Jess Shepherd and her husband Luke Grant, delivers every single time.

Food
Where most restaurants are capitalising on the farm-to-table movement by using the odd organic vegetable and secondary cut of meat, these guys are the very embodiment of it. Their veggies and herbs come from their own abundant garden, while every other ingredient comes from a nearby neighbour, such as meat from Ryan Boon or supplementary veggies from Boschendal. It’s because of this reliance on the season and the gardens that Jess’s menu changes weekly. You never really know what you’re going to get, which is part of the appeal, but for those who like a heads up, her dishes could include twice-baked cheese souffles with a perfectly-dressed garden salad or a tomato tart with Jess’s famous homemade pastry. For mains, look forward to something meaty and slow-cooked, like lamb shoulder or beef shin, with a potato bake or something equally deliciously carby alongside it. Not that anyone needs convincing, but Jess’s world class skills become most apparent when it’s time for dessert – which could be a just jiggly-enough panna cotta or a plum and frangipane tart. Everything comes sharing-style, except for desserts, which is probably a good thing as those could cause irreparable friendship rifts.

Drinks
As you’re on the De Meye farm, their wines are the only ones available and are perfectly quaffable – particularly the Trutina, a red blend. On the bubbly side, there are a select choice of local MCCs, as well as a number of local craft beers. For designated drivers, there’s a choice of cordials – either lemon or sweet geranium and rose.

Service
Nothing about The Table is stuffy or uptight, and the service echoes this – the front of house team is equal parts professional and efficient and laid-back. Lunch is expedited by Luke, who serves each course and meticulously explains where each and every component on the plate comes from, as part of their commitment to provenance.

Ambience
When you’re seated outside, under the expansive trees, there’s arguably no better place to spend a lazy lunch than at The Table. Whether you’re after a romantic day for two, somewhere to let the kids (and dogs) run wild or have a celebration of any kind, this is the place to be. After lunch in summer you’re encouraged to spread out on the provided blankets and bask in the afternoon sun. During winter, you can look forward to a cosy spot next to the fireplace. Either way, you’ll arrive as a customer, but leave feeling like family.

Best for…
Lazy winelands lunches with the whole family.

(2018)

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  • Richard Holmes

    Food
    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.

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

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

    Ambience
    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.

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

    (October 2017)

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

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User reviews

  • Lunch at The Table was sublime - served outside at tables spread under the shade of the trees. Each course of the the three course meal was carefully planned and delicious. The attention paid to each locally sourced ingredient was apparent and combined to make a culinary feast. Well done Leigh, a fabulous hostess , you made us feel so welcome and thank you to Brendon for a beautifully executed meal! Thank you to all the friendly staff that made Sunday lunch and afternoon very special!
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  • Family Favorite! We love going here. Food and service always outstanding
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  • 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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Menu

Set menu - Menu currently unavailable.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

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