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Gabriëlskloof has been one of my favourite restaurants for years. I love the food, I love their wines and most of all I love the vibe: this is relaxed country dining at its best.
Breakfast holds the usual suspects, but you’ll also find trendy additions like a quinoa bowl, a savoury waffle with tomato jam and poached eggs, and a banana bread French toast. For lunch, there’s an a la carte menu with some more serious items to choose from, or an accessible deli menu with burgers, salads and great platters. On the former, starters include delicious items like salt-and-pepper calamari with smoked lemon and thyme aioli, and pickled fennel. On the mains side of things, there is almost always a pork belly to be found, as well as duck (today, it’s confit duck with potato and butternut dauphinoise). A cut of the day (rib-eye, grilled perfectly medium-rare), shares the plate with a piquant artichoke and rocket salad, and fat chips. Portions are ample, so pace yourself.
A chocolate marquis sandwich with berry compote and braaied marshmallows is every bit as decadent and moreish as it sounds, and a fitting end to the meal. That is if you manage to resist the nostalgic allure of a mosbolletjie bread & butter pudding with mascarpone and hanepoot jam … Don’t leave without popping into the deli – the estate olive oil in particular is a wonderful addition to the kitchen.
This being a wine estate, it’s mostly the Gabriëlskloof wines on offer, but this is no hardship – their wines are wonderful. If you’ve the time, start with a wine tasting in the tasting room – the wine service is excellent. You might even end up having lunch there, as the deli menu is available to order and the sharing platters are delicious.
Hearty – staff are welcoming and happy to oblige.
Inside, things are a bit more formal, with crisp tablecloths and gleaming glassware. (This is a lovely, cosy option on colder days.) Outside, the atmosphere is very rustic – you can’t help but relax when sinking into one of the comfortable couches, or settling in for a lingering lunch. It’s a kid- and dog-friendly spot, with the owners’ own pets doing the rounds and plenty of space to run around. Come long weekends and holidays, you’d be wise to book in advance – they’re super popular, and for good reason.
A long, loud lunch with the whole family, and the dogs as well.
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If you are travelling between Cape Town and Caledon (or Hermanus) or if you are just an avid day tripper (like us) you must treat yourself to lunch at Gabrielskloof. This hill top venue is stunning and run by a very talented and dedicated couple. Frans is an amazing chef and delights in offering mouth-watering treats that will ensure you return again and again. The deli is well-stocked and so temptingly displayed that you will leave with an armload of goodies to remind you of the great food experience. An absolute gem.