Heading to the Robertson Wine on the River festival this weekend? Just 7km from Robertson, this upmarket bistro is located in a converted barn and is well worth a visit, according to reviewer, Richard Holmes. Here’s why.
In a valley where you’re more likely to find homely comfort food than fine dining, the upmarket bistro offering at Mo and Rose puts it alongside the likes of Reuben’s and Fraai Uitzicht as a foodie destination worth seeking out. A daily menu offers three to five choices for starters, mains and dessert. Expect accomplished bistro cuisine with a strong local twist: the likes of beef fillet with bean cassoulet; ginger-chilli pork belly with cauliflower mash; or the favourite of olive-crusted springbok loin with sweetcorn bread and perfectly-cooked winter vegetables. Vegetarians may want to call ahead as there’s little on offer outside the starters, but it’s the sort of flexible country space where the chef will no doubt conjure up something on request.
A wonderful wine list focused on Breede River estates, but with plenty of far-flung surprises on offer too. Prices are reasonable, vintages are given and the stemware is good. There’s a good offering by the glass, as well as a handful of magnums, special bottles and craft beers as well.
Amiable waiters with great menu and wine knowledge do the rounds, with the friendly owners often in attendance to share the rich history of the property.
The bright and airy barn with glass doors opening onto the remarkable succulent gardens makes a pleasing setting. A fireplace warms things up when the weather’s cold. Look down and you’ll peek into the historic brandy maturation tanks that now house the restaurant’s wine cellar.
The attached guesthouse is delightful, and well worth staying over for.
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