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Ilse van der Merwe
This restaurant has been an institution for Stellenbosch and Somerset West diners for the past 21 years. Contrary to popular belief, the name does not refer to the street number, but rather to the year it was founded. Their unpretentious country style lends an immediate relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for gatherings with friends and family.
Warm buns with truffle infused olive oil for dipping comes standard as a welcoming gift from the kitchen, or order from the “nibbles” menu while you browse for a starter and main course. For starters, the beef tartare is a must (also available as a main course) - well seasoned, with all the trimmings. The steamed mussels and venison carpaccio are also very popular starter items. For mains, take a look at the chef’s specials - the superbly cooked fish of the day (sometimes featuring kingklip with a sweet potato red curry coconut sauce and crisp steamed greens) comes highly recommended. 96 Winery Road has always been famous for their delicious duck and cherry pie (confit duck in a black cherry and port sauce with cauliflower cream and green vegetables), and you cannot go wrong with their meat dishes like the venison loin (with red cabbage, garlic & parmesan potato bake and naartjie jus) or pulled pork rillettes (with potato gnocchi, butternut, baby leeks, sage butter and mascarpone). Portions are generous, the menu changes according to the seasons and there’s an air of old-school hospitality that makes you feel truly at home.
For dessert, choose from a few classics like creme brulee, chocolate mousse or malva pudding (or opt for the dessert tasting platter with a bite of everything on offer).
Kids menu items arrive in a colourful box (ready to take leftovers home) including free ice cream and other treats.
With around 250 wines on their wine list, many also available in small and medium caraffes, 96 Winery Road is showing off their passion and commitment to the industry.
Service is friendly, informal and welcoming.
The restaurant interior is cosy, with a crackling large fireplace during colder months. Contemporary South African art graces the walls, with a lot of warm wooden accents. A feeling of old-world charm is created with the Boma-style interior.
hearty gatherings with family and friends.
(22 October 2019)
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This is my favourite restaurant on earth! The service is always wonderful. The waiters are always prompt and extremely attentive - they anticipate your every need before you even realise you have a need. The waiters are also very well informed about the menu, and are happy to take the time to explain each item.
The food has always been wonderful. The only thing they could do differently is to offer more vegetarian options.
Their famous duck and cherry pie is to die for!