Idiom Fine Dining Restaurant

3 Reviews
Fine-dining food
Phone Number 0218581088 Opening Hours

Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am to 5pm; Monday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm


Menu - Menu not currently available.


Fine-dining food
Groups, Views
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Ilse van der Merwe

Idiom’s pristine venue - housing their winery, restaurant and tasting centre - opened in 2016, set at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass village. Although it’s a steep drive, the views alone are absolutely worth it.

Sporting a relatively small menu (lunch only), Idiom’s food immediately comes across as a clever contemporary combo of SA and Italy. Starters and mains both provide four choices of vegetarian, fish, pork or red meat and all include a wine pairing suggestion. The starter of Parma ham linguini with red chilli, basil, parmesan and cream is delightful (also good as a very light main course). Or try the lamb ragu paccheri with salsa rossa, bone marrow, mint gremolata. For mains, the pork belly comes highly recommended, served with pork fillet, spiced butternut, black garlic and candied aubergine.

Pizzas with a flaky crust (light as air) are tantalizing. With eight available choices like the Sicilia with courgettes, toasted pine nuts, gremolata, feta, white anchovies or the Toscana with portabellini mushrooms, caramelized onions and wild boar salami, everybody will have their favourite.

For dessert, choose between the delectable chocolate nemesis (with blueberry ice cream, violet streusel and pimento sponge), pistachio & olive oil cake (with yoghurt sorbet, lemon curd & elderflower) and asiago four ways (soufflé, mandazi, crème caramel and veloute).

Owned by the Bottage family, you can expect to see the full list of their wines and prosesscos on the wine list. With a choice ranging between R125-R500 (most also available per glass or carafe), you’ll be able to find the right wine for your occasion and pocket. A wine tasting comes highly recommended, so book an Uber and take full advantage of what the estate has to offer. Spirits, beers, cooldrinks and coffees also available.

Service is efficient, swift and professional.

After producing ten vintages of award-winning wines, Idiom now have the venue to match (since 2016). Spectacular views of the majestic Helderberg basin mountains will astound guests. Look the other way and you’ll see the breathtaking full profile of the Cape Peninsula from Table Mountain to Cape Point. The architecture mirrors old world Roman arches and stone clad porticos, cleverly marrying contemporary timber and concrete. Inside the venue, the feeling is contemporary, premium and uncluttered, featuring a lot of glass windows and massive wooden beams. Remember to take a look at their Italian wine collection on the bottom floor, as well as their perfume and leather offerings.

Best for...
This is probably the perfect spot for a wowing first date, or even to pop THE question. Still, it also suits groups of families or friends for a relaxing outing within a really pristine, memorable environment.


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User reviews

3 Reviews
    What a beautiful setting! I just cant believe more people dont know about this gem. Its probably because its quite a drive to get here. You get the feeling that the owners might be Italian because its shown in the names of the wine blends and the food on the menu. We decided to try everything and I promise they have some of the best pizzas in the Western Cape. The woodfired pizza with sourdough base and interesting toppings is really what this restaurant is about. I loved the combinations of starters and mains as they are written on the menu - definitely fine dining style fo whats currently on trend being eastern asian flavours like miso and yuzu- but starters are a let down so rather skip them and opt for mains which were far more satisfying.
    Another top-class restaurant overlooking Gordon's Bay in the distance, situated high up on the Hottentot Hollands mountain range. This is not only a fine-dining restaurant, but also a bistro/pizzeria fulfilling the needs of those with a limited food budget. Following a superb wine tasting we ordered pizzas that could not be faulted. Thin baked crusts and a wide choice of toppings. We were able to order a pizza without cheese for one of our party who is allergic to cheese. The full menu has a pricing structure and food options at every level, including a children's menu. There is a 2 or 3 course wine pairing menu which we will partake and review later, but from what we heard from other diners, we don't expect to be disappointed. Its Italian ownership and overall influence is reflected in both its food as well as its wines. The setting is superb and the magnificent new building, architecturally superb, housing the restaurant and wine tasting facility further enhances the continental feeling. An exciting addition to the dining out options of the Helderberg Region.

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