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The Vine Bistro at Glenelly

The Vine Bistro at Glenelly
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Views
Food
Bistro fare, French
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R75

Critic's review

Ilse van der Merwe

Food
The Vine Bistro delivers on what they’re known for: classic French-inspired bistro fare. With a relatively small menu, ranging from seasonally changing starters like beef brisket consommé, panfried sweetbreads or duck & pistachio galantine, or mains like red stumpnose with a bouillabaisse sauce or braised pork cheeks, there’s no question that they’re owned by a true French madame (May de Lencquesaing).

Although the a la carte menu is not considered cheap, look out for the Winter menu at a very reasonably priced R245 for three courses, with choices between 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts. The pork and pistachio sausage salad is delightfully served with fresh, well-dressed baby greens, and the mains of rabbit & mushroom casserole with polenta will leave you licking the plate.

For dessert, allow an extra 20 minutes for the freshly made apple tarte tatin with calvados and apple sorbet, or try the chocolate and sesame nougat glacé with poached fig and dark chocolate sauce. Everything on the dessert menu looks delectable, and it might be a good idea to return for tasting your way through it.

Ask the waiter for kids options (not on the menu) - they serve delicious child friendly items like grilled fish and potatoes. On Sundays there’s a weekly changing set menu at R350/person or R170/kids under 12 - a great option for treating the whole family. Get the upcoming menu on their website.

Drinks
Glenelly has a large range of premium wines that are all available on their vast wine list. Apart from that, you’ll be able to find a smaller selection of wines from other local estates as well as a few hand picked imported French items. For those who prefer to have something else, there are also beers, gin, whiskey etc.

Service
Service is professional, welcoming and very friendly.

Ambience
Glenelly is a breathtaking, pristine estate. The views of Stellenbosch town and surrounding mountains from the hill where the tasting room and restaurant are situated are fantastic. During warmer months, book a table on the deck overlooking the garden (at night the garden is strategically lit and creates wonderful ambiance), or opt for a spot next to the modern fireplace indoors. Decor is contemporary and cool with a tough of French elegance, as seen in the beautiful modern ceramic crockery and vintage French-style cutlery. Wooden accents and leather couches completes the casually luxurious look.

Best for...
Best for a gathering with friends and family around a large table, celebrating the magic of French simplicity matched perfectly with some of the finest wines made in Stellenbosch.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • Literally on the outskirts of Stellenbosch on the Ida's Valley Road, we at last had the opportunity of visiting the absolutely beautiful French owned wine estate 'Glenelly'. This has to be the find of the year for us. Lunch at 'The Vine Bistro' there - like everything else that has has been created is a stylish venue, with beautiful views, excellent service, and a delicious seasonal and changing menu. Created by chef Christophe Dehosse, remembered for his restaurant in Stellenbosch and in recent times, at Joostenberg. He was there as friendly and welcoming as ever, our food was sublime (as expected, the pork dishes were exceptional), and the most beautiful and satisfying desserts, with wines from the estate. Added to this, reflecting quality and class, the Tasting Room is a cut above those at many other well known estates, and for those not interested only in wine, the unique Glass Museum. Glenelly's owner has a wonderfully curated collection of international and local pieces, professionally displayed where we were greeted by a knowledgeable and welcoming curator. It really is all a revelation, and interesting to see how many obviously 'return' local Cape residents were dining there, not a 'coach in sight' out in the car park. We are just sorry it took us so long to go to this very special property, so conveniently situated.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • WiFi

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