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Austrian chef, Edgar Osonjik, has been following the seasons with his fine dining menus in this Constantia Valley destination for more than two decades.
There are two menus – Rustic Affairs and Indulge – both of which highlight the very high level of classical skill in the kitchen. Dishes like a Thai-marinated ostrich carpaccio with black garlic and sesame; and the complex and layered M-S-G (mielie, spinach and garlic soup with lamb fillet, pesto, pine nuts and flammkuchen) show the extent to which Edgar’s culinary imagination is fired by his Austrian roots, his South African home, and the rest of the world. This is fusion of a unique and thrilling kind. Fresh tuna is seared and served with guacamole and seared baby gem lettuce, all brought together with a bracing citrus dressing. Sea bass also gets an Asian touch, while perfectly cooked duck is more traditionally served l’orange. The menu changes seasonally but regular visitors can always expect old favourites like springbok in port wine sauce, and fillet pan fried in Café de Paris butter. The dessert options are either Asian-influenced, like lemongrass ice-cream with banana ravioli and spiced pineapple or straight from a chocaholics fantasy, like either the Valrhona chocolate brownie or the chocolate variation, which even Willie Wonka would have genuflected in front of.
The Estate’s own (excellent) range of wines takes pride of place, but there is also a thoughtful assembly of wines from the rest of the Constantia Valley, and the Cape Winelands. A sommelier is able to offer advice on food and wine pairings. Mark-ups are in keeping with the elevated tone of the place. Buitenverwachting is also making a very good craft gin.
The staff are all highly trained and very knowledgeable about the intricacies of the menu. They are observant without hovering.
Elegance is the watchword here. Crisp linen, high quality stemware, magnificent mountain views.
A special occasion with budget not being a consideration. A perfect venue in which to impress visitors.
The food was excellent and the staff went out of their way to make us feel special after getting engaged on the estate. Super!
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