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Towerbosch Earth Kitchen

Towerbosch Earth Kitchen
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Cost
R120 avg main meal off a la carte menu; R200 Sunday set menu
Ambience
Authentic culture, Family friendly
Food
Bistro fare, South African
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500

Critic's review

Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche

Food
Classic dishes are served in a country style with skill and panache. He is known for his excellent smoked and cured products, as well as a menu that changes with the seasons. Dishes like home-cured bresaola or lightly smoked hake are served in combination with vegetables freshly harvested from their own garden. When available, forest mushrooms are a delectable option on the menu. On Sundays, a special feast is served family style, with large platters of food on the table. Starting the Sunday feast with bread, flavoured butters and soup, this is followed by roast meat and vegetables. Expect meat dishes like roast sirloin with mushroom butter, or slow-roasted lamb shoulder served with potatoes done in duck fat, accompanied by homely and very tasty vegetable dishes.

Drinks
The wine list is dominated by Knorhoek’s own wines and there are some hidden gems to be found, like the unwooded Chenin Blanc. Do not let the price be an indication of the quality of wine. Priced from R50–R210, this is excellent value for money and top quality.

Service
The service is friendly and eager to please, befitting their country style and ambience.

Ambience
The restaurant setting is beautiful and serene, with an outside area from where you can soak up the tranquil surroundings while keeping a watchful eye on the little ones, splashing in the rockpool. The interior is eclectic, with lots of quirky miss-matched cutlery, crockery and silverware, even on the walls and hanging from the roof. A lived-in, welcoming ambience beckons.

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The utterly delicious family feast offered on a Sunday is the nearest you can get to treating your guests to a homecooked lunch, without lifting a finger.

(October 2015)

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  • Greg Landman

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    Wisely deciding not to fix it if it ain't broke, chef Wesley Muller continues to serve what has made this place a favourite for some years, and the winner of the 2013 Best Country Style Restaurant Award. This is Cape comfort food at its best, with no frills and fancies, but an emphasis on generous portions and plenty of meat dishes.

    You start with homemade bread and country butter with delicious preserves. Go ahead – indulge. Though the menu changes seasonally, during the week you might have excellent, home-cured bresaola with pea shoots from their garden, or a cos lettuce and smoked chicken Caesar salad with a white anchovy dressing, or rich wild mushroom and leek risotto (as a main or a starter). The meat course of aged beef sirloin, started on an open fire and finished in a hot oven, served with hand cut chips and truffle butter, is irresistible, as is the lamb shoulder served with potatoes done in duck fat. If that isn’t enough, try the free-range pork chops (from a secret supplier), served with cider braised cabbage and wholegrain mustard.

    Drinks
    The brilliant wines of the estate are available at excellent prices either by the glass or bottle, including their delicious pink bubbly called Konfetti. Enjoy some KWV brandy for afters.

    Service
    Friendly and professional in the country style.

    Ambience
    It’s wildly popular with families on Sundays when the gargantuan Sunday country feast is served, with much splashing in the pond and so on. The boma itself has been quirkily decorated with delightful old pieces of porcelain, some of which actually hang from the rafters, while others are used for serving. The theme continues with mismatched cutlery, some with bone handles, all very much used, creating a deliciously eccentric ambience.

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    You might prefer to go during the week when things are definitely more sedate.

    (July 2014)

  • Lisa van Aswegen

    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.

    Food
    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.

    Wine
    All Knorhoek estate wines are available, as well as a full bar as this space also doubles as a function and wedding venue.

    Service
    Friendly and helpful service gets guests in a relaxed mood.

    Ambience
    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.

    And…
    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.

    (December 2013)
  • 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)
  • Food
    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.

    Wine
    Excellent wine from the Knorhoek estate is the thing to have and the range has something for everyone.

    Service
    Friendly and rustic.

    Ambience
    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.

    And...
    Check out the menu when making your booking to see what’s on offer. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • 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!
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  • Celebrated my father's 80th birthday at this wonderful location. Everything from the food, dècor and service was amazing.

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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • 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!
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  • Child friendly
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Wheelchair
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