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De Grendel Restaurant

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Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Phone Number 0215587035 Opening Hours

Monday Closed; Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am to 4.30pm; Tuesday to Sunday 6pm to 9.30pm

Menu

Menu - 9 Course Tasting Menu- Updated October 2019 De Grendel Restaurant Wine List - Updated October 2019 Dinner Set Menu - Updated October 2019 Lunch Menu a la carte - Updated October 2019 Saturday and Sunday Lunch Menu - Updated October 2019 Spring Lunch Tasting Menu - Updated October 2019

Details

Cost
A la Carte : R240; 2 Course R415; 3 Course R450; 9 course tasting menu : R1500 with wine pairing; R1200 without wine pairing
Food
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Corkage
R200 per 750ml bottle
Cost
A la Carte : R240; 2 Course R415; 3 Course R450; 9 course tasting menu : R1500 with wine pairing; R1200 without wine pairing
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Dinner, Dress code, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Zola Nene

A classic fine-dining experience where local flavours meet classic French techniques.

Food

For lunch, choose from the two- or three-course options, with optional wine pairings. First comes the bread course – a dark, delicious home-made walnut and raisin loaf – followed by an amuse-bouche of light and flavourful pea purée, served with mange tout and refreshing mint.

Starters include perfectly pink spiced duck breast served with maple jus, which adds a lovely sweetness, and chargrilled fennel, which in this case was unfortunately barely cooked. The tuna sashimi is clean and fresh tasting, enhanced by lovely pops of juicy melon sweetness and avocado mousse. For a flavoursome, textural delight, try the springbok loin with grilled baby red cabbage and citrus segments – beautifully plated and served with a fragrant five-spice jus.

In the trio of pork, served with apple, plum and sautéed red cabbage, the pork components lack real flavour, though the accompaniments redeem the dish. The rich, comforting rolled Karoo lamb neck, served with yoghurt, is a flavour sensation, while the tasty line fish with Cape Malay curry sauce and crisp vegetables is reminiscent of fresh pickled fish.

For dessert, the Valrhona chocolate brownie surprisingly played second fiddle to the Nutella mousse served beside it. With a banana ice cream and a slightly out-of-place lime gel added to the mix, the portion is very large, especially for such a rich dessert. The cheesecake is deconstructed, comprising raspberry sponge, citrus cheesecake parfait, meringue, toasted almonds and a zingy berry sorbet, all working together in perfect harmony. But the highlight is the ginger cake – a moist, subtly spiced sponge served with cinnamon ice cream, orange segments and a pecan shortbread crumble.

Drinks

The wine list consists of the wide range of De Grendel Wines made on the farm, including an excellent MCC. Each course on the menu comes with a wine recommendation.

Service

After a delay and some confusion about the booking, the service was attentive and quick. The waiters are

knowledgeable about the menu items and able to explain the preparation of each component of the dish.

Ambience

The restaurant is located below ground level, making you feel like you’re dining in the cellar. Depending on where you sit, you may have views of the rolling lawns on the property or the kitchen.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

8 Reviews
    The best dining experience so far. Thank you De Grendel for your total commitment to making the evening special
    My daughter, a friend and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at beautiful De Grendel yesterday. The service staff are amazingly knowledgeable, efficient and rate amongst the best in the world. We tried soft shelled crab which was delicious. The line fish was excellent as was the pork trio and beef fillet. As it was a special occasion we De Grendel’s Cap Classique which is one of my favorites. I tried their Viognier which was so good I bought two cases We chose a perfect day to enjoy the amazing view. Altogether a superb day.
    An absolutely fantastic dining experience! The service, ambience and vibe was world class! The food was incredible with mouth watering explosions of flavor and amazing combinations, thank you to everyone at De Grendel!
    Magnificent view, superb service from our knowledgable, attentive waiter Joshua, delicious food and great wine completed our special lunch at De Grendel. Highlights were the soft shell crab, superb beef fillet and the most delicious trio of sorbet for dessert. Will definitely return.
    The standard remains high. Karoo lamb was exquisite, trio of pork, delight on a plate. Service excellent with attention to detail, thank you Christopher. Chef Ian, thank you for the delightful treat! Another memorable dining out experience @ de grendel restaurant.
    I took my wife there for an anniversary dinner and the staff made the whole experience unforgettable! Wow, the service we received was top notch and the food was unbelievable. The view from the restaurant is something special, overlooking Cape Town and table mountain. We were even treated to a special Happy Anniversary desert plate. Will definitely return for more special evenings.

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