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Towerbosch Earth Kitchen

Towerbosch Earth Kitchen
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Cost
Two-course lunch R150; three-course lunch R200
Ambience
Authentic culture, Family friendly
Food
South African
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Critic's review

Food
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.

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

(July 2014)

User reviews

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    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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Specials

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.

Facilities

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  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
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  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair

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