In the ragged folds of the Stellenbosch Mountain - between fynbos-clad hills and manicured vines – lies a culinary destination beckoning both food & wine aficionados and gastronauts.
Housed in the pastoral allure of a historic barn, Dornier Bodega pursues the perfect marriage between modern food preparation and classic elegance that has come to be expected from Dornier Wines.
Guests are invited to elevate their senses in a relaxed environment and indulge in Dornier's Wines, accentuated by the locally-sourced fresh ingredients of Dornier Bodega’s seasonal menu.
We have enjoyed the wine from Dornier for a few years but never really ventured out to their estate. So we decided that lunch had to be had there.
Luckily for us it was a sunny winters day with clear skies. We sat outside and took in the breathtaking view. For starters I had their Steamed West Coast Mussels and him their
Pan Seared Kudu Tataki. My mussels were fresh and plump. The Kudu tataki also was delicious with it's Japanese flavours coming through. For mains I had their Braised Lamb Shoulder with Aubergine, Baby Marrow, Peppers, Oreganum, Parmesan Polenta and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes. The Parmesan Polenta was soft as pillows and just heaven for the tastebuds. He had the Beef Rib-Eye with Celeriac Purée, Potato Dauphinoise, Baby Rainbow Carrots, Green Beans & Red Wine Jus. The Rib-Eye was cooked perfectly to medium rare.
With just a tiny bit of room left we then had some of their dessert. He had their Dark Chocolate Fondant with Citrus & Ginger Ice-Cream, Cacao Nib Crumble, Orange, Grapefruit & Mint - A perfect fondant that just oozed out chocolate. I had the
Hazelnut Ice-Cream Sandwich with Salted Caramel, Burnt Cocoa Marshmallow, Espresso Jelly & Cocoa Nib Crumble. A dessert I truly enjoyed.
The service was excellent at all times. Our waiter even manage to entice us to buy some of their wine to enjoy at home. Definitely make a booking if you are going to be in the area and have a long as well as relaxing lunch there.
There's so much more to the winelands than wine. This gem is set in the picturesque setting on Dornier Wine Estate. We went there during the week. The head chef was away, but we were still served top class cuisine, each of the three courses complemented with a recommended wine pairing. The chef even presented some of our courses and we were able to chat with him which was special. My potato and leek soup starter was hearty, and with chewy croutons. Next up was Braised Lamb Shoulder. Rich and melt in the mouth as was the Donatus Red wine. There was barely space for Espresso Creme Brulee, but it cracked like a dream and was gone in seconds.
One of the worst meals we have ever had in cape town. Oxtail ravioli is served with mash......an absolute no no. The lamb chops were thin and fatty with burnt potatoes. Calamari salad no dressing and served with deepfried oily noodles. The quality of the food has seriously deteriorated since the last time we went......
A lot of money paid for very average food, as well as service.
This is one of the best meals I have eaten in Cape Town and surrounds, at very reasonable rates.