Traditional, no-frills, delicious dining is what makes Towerbosch in Stellenbosch so deserving of its title as Best Country-Style Restaurant at the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards.
It’s all about traditional South African food at Towerbosch. Sunday asados (Argentinian-style braais) sees meat finished on an open braai and delectable, heaped platters brought to the table. It’s Sunday lunch without the fuss of washing up! Melt-in-the-mouth lamb and sirloin vie for attention between roast potatoes, cinnamon butternut and French beans. Desserts are as traditional and yummy: think malva pudding, rose geranium milk jelly or cheesecake. It’s no-frills fare, but you’re guaranteed freshness and a good dose of nostalgia. The food is served on old-fashioned China that makes you feel like you’re in your granny’s home. During the week, the à la carte menu echoes the Sunday best, with salads, soups and a roast.
All Knorhoek estate wines are available, as well as a full bar as this space also doubles as a function and wedding venue.
Friendly and helpful service gets guests in a relaxed mood.
The thatched boma-style interior is smartly decorated with wood, leather banquettes and Persian rugs on the white screed floor. The place to be, though, is underneath the oak trees, while the little ones will love the massive lawn, jungle gym and pool.
Bring the kids’ cozzies (and your own) for jumping into the pool. It’s perfect for big and small, with a little splash and paddling area.
It’s all about traditional South African food, like meat finished on an open braai and heaped old-fashioned China platters brought to the table. Melt-in-the-mouth lamb and sirloin vie for attention with roast potatoes, cinnamon butternut and french beans. It’s no-frills fare, but you’re guaranteed freshness and a good dose of nostalgia. Order malva or cheesecake for dessert. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
The Sunday menu is a substantial three-course feast. It continually changes, but always features two meats, like the outstanding whole roasted sirloin done on the braai and seared in a very hot oven, and the five-hour roasted lamb that just falls off the bone. Veggies are roast potatoes, boere bone (green beans with potato and onion), and sweet and buttery pumpkin done country-style. The starter might be roasted tomato soup with homemade bread and butter, and dessert could be really good crème brûlée or apple pie and custard – all are very satisfying and irresistible.
Excellent wine from the Knorhoek estate is the thing to have and the range has something for everyone.
Friendly and rustic.
This is the old farm boma, painted white inside and brought delightfully up to date by renowned decorator Neil Stemmet. The walls are covered with many examples of gorgeous old crockery and some of it hangs whimsically from the rafters.
Check out the menu when making your booking to see what’s on offer. (GL, October 2012)
I had my birthday party there and what an experience. Friendliest staff, amazing food and the decor is absolutely beautiful. You feel like you have walked into Wonderland once you step inside. A world class experience!
Chic farm style. There’s a set menu for the day and everything is made from scratch, like soups with fresh bread and roasts in winter. The meals are tasty and traditional, but with a touch of finesse. Staff are knowledgeable and the chef is very passionate about his heritage. Great for a drive out to Stellenbosch for the day; it’s always packed on Sundays.
Outstanding simple country fare, watch out Mariana's there is competition in the winelands, beautiful setting and decor, wonderful music and ambience, laid back service , excellent crisp wines, a must for Sunday lunch, we will return, and return
What a pleasant experience! First of all full marks to the person who converted an old roofed boma into the current slick establishment - what vision! Look out for the candelabra out of tea cups, other crockery and cutlery. The food is plain and flavoursome in an honest way; the service is exceptionally warm; on sunny days it is lovely to sit outside in such a tranquil setting, and as already mentioned I just loved the interior. Expect asado meat (braaied the Argentinian way, and they really did a good job of this!) with typically South African veggies and salads. Starters and desserts also served as part of the deal - take your parents, in-laws, and overseas guests!
It was an absolute pleasure to visit Towerbosch restaurant. The setting outside under the trees was absolutely stunning! The food was excellent - and the staff were very friendly.I would recommend anyone to pay them a visit. Thanks to Jorisna and everybody that contributed to a wonderful lunch. Consider yourselves the stars of the month!
Country Feast: When visiting Towerbosch on a Sunday for a lazy lunch, you can expect their delectable Country Feast, served per table. The meal will kick off with artisan breads made using only organic stoneground flour or their special spelt-flour breads, made with their all natural yeast starter, accompanied by home made butter and preserves or jams. Starters will be something out of the pantry, think pickled vegetable salads, home-made cured meats or maybe something smoked. In the winter, a flavoursome soup or a smoked haddock soufflé.
Mains is where things get serious: Slow roast Lamb, sticky Beef short-ribs, slow braised Pork cheeks, Chicken and wild-mushroom casserole, traditional Cassoulet, all served with the likes of Aubergine bake, Truffle gratinated Cauliflower, Duck-fat roast potatoes heirloom veggies, or whatever they have growing in abundance in our organic vegetable garden.
You have to leave space for the sweets, as they dish up anything from Dark Valrhona Truffle tart with salted caramel, Rose water poached seasonal fruits with a light Vanilla bean panna cotta, to preserved quince’s and Tonka bean cream, and making use of their 100 year old fig tree’s harvest in our special Frangipani tartlet.
The Country Feast is served on Sundays. Price per head is R200. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.