Camphors at Vergelegen

5 Reviews
Fine-dining food, Modern
Phone Number 0218472131 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday 12noon to 2.30pm

Dinner: Friday and Saturday 6.30pm to 8.30pm


Menu - Camphors at Vergelegen - Menu - Updated in February 2018 Camphors at Vergelegen wine menu - Updated February 2018
PDF - Summer 2017-18


Set menu at R495
Fine-dining food, Modern
Set menu at R495
Groups, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Fireplace, Licensed, Parking, Wheelchair, WiFi

Owner's description

The Camphors at Vergelegen signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant camphor trees, planted in 1700, situated in front of the historic Homestead.  The restaurant overlooks expansive lawns and beautiful trees complementing the overall dining experience and creating an ambiance never to be forgotten.

After only a year of operation, Camphors was awarded eighth place in the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa, in The Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2013, as well as being the Regional Winner – Wine Tourism Restaurant – in the 2014 Best of Wine Tourism Awards, Great Wine Capitals.

Vergelegen produces classical wine varietals and the ever changing menu reflects a modern take on classical international and local food dishes, specifically designed to complement Vergelegen’s award-winning wines. Executive Chef Michael Cooke, and Restaurant Manager Christo Deyzel, work closely together with the restaurant team to guide diners through the menu and recommended wine selections to ensure a relaxed and memorable food and wine experience.  This experience is tailored for both wine and food connoisseurs and everyday visitors alike who want to enjoy an unpressured dining experience.  Regrettably, Camphors is not child-friendly.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Probably one of the finest food experiences in the Western Cape is to have a tour menu with house wines at Camphors. This is a tasting journey through some of the best fresh produce of the Cape where chef Michael and his team pair extraordinary combinations of food and wine to give exceptional flavour sensations which are also visually exciting. It is beyond me to describe in detail the courses, my son draws parallels with michelin starred restaurants in Europe. The Vergelegen website spells the menus in detail. It is a hidden gem of the Cape which should be on every person’s agenda who appreciates fine culinary arts. The staff are exceptional and knowledgeable enthusiasts,try it once and risk addiction!
    I felt compelled to write a review after reading the less than fantastic reviews from other diners. I ate here twice foregoing a night in cape town to dine a here a second time. It didn't disappoint I've been lucky enough to dine in many Michelin star restaurants and this bettered most of them for its innovative and devine food. We ate from both the a la carte and the tasting menu and recommend them both. The wine matching only enhanced the food. Regarding the entrance fee, if that's the price you pay to dine here then I would gladly pay it every time. I will make this a destination when next I'm in or near Capetown.
    This restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked away in the spectacular Vergelegen Estate gardens. The Food was beautifully presented with some incredible flavor combinations and the kitchen team delivered on all fronts. The muscles with bone marrow, lemon marmalade and kale was a mind blowing combination and an absolute must. The service was equally fantastic and Anthony did an incredible job. This must surely be one of South Africa's best lunch destinations.

    The venue is great, decor a little old school, but a great improvement on the old restaurant. For the rest I was so disappointed. I had high expectations, but the food was bland and some of the dishes at the table were really not very nice. The service was fine, but even after someone at the table said a dish was horrible, not even an apology was made. PS. remember to take R10 per person cash for entrance at the gate...which I found slightly rediculous if you are just going to the restaurant.

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