This family wine farm is home to a modern, casual country restaurant that makes the most of the sweeping views across the Agulhas Plain.
The menu is light and refreshing, offering generous, crisp salad-style starters and mezze using produce grown in the farm vegetable patch and locally sourced ingredients like smoked trout.
The Black Forest ham salad starter with grilled pears and beetroot is deliciously drizzled with a dark, sweet dressing and is large enough to share without regret. Vegetarians will find the salads and mezze options full of fresh and zesty flavours, and the kitchen is versatile and attentive enough to whip up platters and salads to please all.
The sticky ginger-spiced chicken is succulent, headlining both a Mediterranean starter salad and a main course ciabatta with grilled vegetables, feta, pesto and hummus. Gourmet burgers made with beef and venison range from honest-to-goodness simplicity with onion marmalade to smoky bacon-and-brie extravaganzas. From the kids’ menu, the crispy chicken or calamari options will meet the approval of most children.
The nutty brownies with ice cream are dark and dense, rounding off the meal along with roasty-toasty double espressos.
Black Oystercatcher wines include minerally Bordeaux-style whites, a deliciously dry rosé, sumptuous red blends and a hand-bottled MCC, all of which stand alone or complement the food perfectly. The craft beer selection includes Moer Koffie Stout and Wild Raspberry beer, but the fresh-bready pilsner goes best with the burgers. The local wines and beers are served at cellar-door prices. Basic teas, coffees and juices are available.
Booking ahead by telephone is a good idea if the weather is balmy – make sure to request a veranda table. For cooler weather, large indoor fireplaces and plush velvety blankets keep guests comfortable in the indoor restaurant with its enormous glass-and-steel doors and windows. The young waiters are friendly and attentive.
This restaurant is all about the location, with views across the Agulhas Plain, and elegant wines and beer produced on-site. The big outdoors and fresh, local produce from the land are celebrated and shared.
Family-friendly outdoor lunches that celebrate the best of country fare, with plenty of open space for the kids to run about.
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