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Fermier Restaurant

6 Reviews
Fine-dining food, Modern
Phone Number 0760725261 Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 7pm to 10pm (one dinner seating only)

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Menu

Menu - Fermier Menu - Updated in April 2019

Details

Cost
Nine-course Menu R650 per person, Paired Wine: R350 per person
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Corkage
R100(wine) R150(sparkling and champagne)
Cost
Nine-course Menu R650 per person, Paired Wine: R350 per person
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Local cuisine
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Parking, Serves food, Smoking

Location and contact

141 Lynnwood Road The Willows 340-Jr Pretoria South Africa

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Diane de Beer

Chef Adriaan Maree opened Fermier in 2016 and feels they have found their sea legs. He’s right and following his passion, it shows in everything. From the food to the service which is complimented by what can almost be classified as performance art in the open kitchen which is part of the dining area and has the place humming.

Food
From the welcoming hearty, home baked bread with duck liver pâté and fresh butter with a handful of bitesize snacks to the perfectly combined dessert of poached pear, quince purée and salted caramel sauce, the meal is perfection on every level. It is masterfully clear in intent with taste, texture and balance all part of the equation. It runs through from the plating on carefully chosen crockery which has an individual feel about every piece as does everything else about this meal. The octopus with the mushroom, leek and Kalahari truffle is delightfully reminiscent of rich red meat and the lamb with tamarind and cauliflower transports you to the heart of a farm kitchen. Wild boar with broccoli, black garlic and kale goes directly against the name in delicacy and the tuna with celeriac, apple and crab as well as the bouillabaisse with fennel, pearl onion and dill both had veered off in unexpected fashion with individual flair. There is a simplicity yet depth of taste that’s intoxicating and this one meal clearly stamps the chef’s signature with comfortable confidence. Their stated goal is sustainability and much of the fresh produce and fish consumed has been supplied by the aquaponics farm also part of the property. Nine courses can be intimidating to present or to consume, but in both, they have mastered the process with aplomb. Like everything else, it hit all the right marks. Their menu changes seasonally which is also a treat.

Drink
If the wine pairing offered with the set menu does not appeal, (Ambeloui Ashley Brut MCC; Fledge and Co Fume Blanc; Longridge Chardonnay; Fram Dry White; Dorrance Chenin Blanc; Newton Johnson Pinot Noir; TSW Reserve Syrah; B Vintners De Alexandria; and finally Soetkarro) choose from several well-considered wines from the wine list with the help of their sassy sommelier Loraine Magombo.

Service
Their staff (mostly feramle) are engaging and informed creating a warm atmosphere during the meal. They are clearly part of the room yet never intrusive and add to the enjoyment of the evening as they strike the right balance.

Ambience
The interiors are as innovative and individual as the rest of the restaurant with exposed rafters and raw wood, exemplifying the simplicity and warmth of what has been established here. In winter the fires keep the airy venue warm while in Summer, large hinged doors are opened to welcome Pretoria’s spectacular summers.

Best for...
an experience which is perfect from the moment one of the staff welcomes you by torch light to accompany you into the restaurant to every morsel of food and wine consumed. And then there’s the warmth of the chef and his people.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    This was a treat from my boyfriend and boy was it amazing! I think it is by far my favourite degustation yet. When we got there we were greeted with bubbly which was a nice touch. We were seated close to the kitchen so we were thrilled to watch the prep and plating closely. Our waitresses were excellent. I really enjoyed the wine pairing mostly because of the info we received. And then the meals!! All that flavour and intensity really takes one to another level of happiness. There was such a variety of dishes prepared using different cooking methods that the textures of each dish were transformed out of the norm. So much attention and detail to the playing as well. I will definitely be going back once the menu has changed.
    First time at Fermier and cant wait to go back. An excellent experience. Decor smart in its simplicity. Service excellent. A fixed 9 course menu that exceeded our expectations. Presentation excellent. Food excellent. It was so good that we would have loved to start the whole 9 courses again if our tummies allowed it.
    My vocabulary will probably fail me in writing a review worthy of the experience my girlfriend and I had at Fermier. As we were seated, I knew we were in for a special evening... white linen napkins set off by a dark wooden table, with impecably clean glass and silverware, my design senses were tingling and I knew this was a special place. Neither E or I are fans of seafood, but on looking through the menu for the evening, we knew we'd need adventurous palates, and we were not disapointed. The Crayfish was incredible! All in all, the courses just seemed to get better and better. Occasionally looking over my shoulder, it was so cool to see the three chefs masterfully plating each dish on the most beautiful, probably specifically crafted, cermic plates. Our waitresses, Jennifer and Chantelle knew each dish well and recommended two beauitful white wines that both E and I will go out hunting to find again. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who has a love for attention to detail, an appreciation for design and a love of good food and wine. Fermier ticks all the boxes like very few other places can. Chapeau ladies and gentlemen on giving E and I an unforgettable experience!
    What a treat! Definitely worth a try! Loved every dish, most beautiful starter! Also did the wine pairing with and had a few interesting wines. There really isn't anything I can fault with the service or food. Staff where friendly and although the kitchen is in the dining area and open, it's wasn't too noisy and it was nice watching the masters create each delicious masterpiece. Please just put a few stepping stones in the walkway for ladies with heals and a few dimmed laterns would be beautiful beside the path. Thank you for a memorable evening!
    This was the most exceptional meal I've had in a long time. Incredible attention to detail, beautiful flavours and creativity in abundance. How is this restaurant not in the Top 10? A must visit. We will be back very soon. Ten out of ten.

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