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Arrive hungry at De Kelder. Top-quality ingredients and substantial portions are the hallmark of this PE institution. The starter line-up features a mini carpaccio platter of warthog, springbok, crocodile and ostrich. For the less carnivorous there are Turkish cigars – phyllo wrapped around spinach and feta.
Keep it light on summer days with Sandi’s seafood salad in a spicy dressing, or indulge in the delicate sole with fresh asparagus and a creamy cheese sauce. Chicken lovers will enjoy the chicken Jazzi with Roquefort and peach but, truth be told, this is meat mecca. Glorious lamb dishes vie for attention next to wild boar, a venison trio with rooibos sauce, fillet medallions in green pepper sauce and brandy, and a hefty T-bone accompanied by a dazzling choice of sauces and sides.
For sweets, the drama of the flambé trolley doing crêpes Suzette are unbeatable, but the sweet comfort of the orange-flavoured date pudding with ginger and vanilla ice cream is a close contender.
A smart wine list complements the style of the food, which is perfect for business meetings, birthdays and anniversaries; while a legion of different dom pedros is offered to round off the meal.
Warm and stylish hosts and hostesses graciously take care of their guests, looking classy in black and white. Unhurried, but not slow, the service from the kitchen is paced for a long, lingering memorable occasion.
Cushy carpeting, low vaulted ceilings, arches, stained glass and copper utensils from yesteryear on the walls to create an intimate plush old-worldly atmosphere. Expertly crafted yellowwood furniture and comfy upholstered chairs add to the plush experience.
The restaurant is located in the vicinity of some great sea-facing hotels, so you don’t have to travel too far to eat here.
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The level of unintrusive attentiveness we experienced here on the evening of 6 January was quite extraordinary. We had scallops for starters and steaks for mains. Sadly, desserts we could not manage dessert. Throughout the entire evening the only thing that could be faulted, was the bearnaise I had with my fillet. With no sign of an emulsion, it really was just whipped butter with some chopped herbs. I cannot say that I tasted tarragon amongst them either. This really was a great pity as otherwise the experience left us completely elated.
A lovely beachfront restaurant that's perfect for celebrations and special occasions. The menu is mostly seafood – and the prawns divine – but the chateaubriand is also delicious. I'll definitely go back