Monday, January 19th, 2015
Reviewed by Eat Out
Offering lovely bistro-chic cuisine in a fabulous setting, the Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant changes its menu according to the seasons. The à la carte menu for lunch and dinner is a relaxed but delicious affair, with dishes like fish and chips, a fine sirloin steak and a very good Caesar salad with parmesan biscuits and a dusting of biltong. The West Coast oysters are always wonderful, and then the menu has a few interesting surprises up its sleeve, like duck leg terrine with homemade brioche and a toasted custard slice with caramel popcorn and banana sorbet. At night, the impressive tasting menu offers a more structured experience. The latter is once again beholden to the seasons, but on occasion has included a goat’s cheese croquette with beetroot mousse, and springbok loin with celeriac purée and fig jus.
They offer an extensive wine list, sourcing quality wines both locally and overseas, with estate wines available by the glass. It’s the kind of list that demands you take your credit card, though – lots of big players here.
Very good: informed, friendly, accommodating.
Like sister restaurant Indochine on the estate, this restaurant boasts fantastic views over Helshoogte. The interior is very smart, with flamboyant flower displays and orange booth seating, while the outside terrace charms with fairy lights all over and a relaxed vibe.
If you’re in the mood for a bit of sparkle, the Graff Diamonds Store is also on the premises, with gorgeous one-of-a-kind watches and jewellery that will make your eyes pop.