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It just seems meant to be that the location of Roca on Dieu Donne is actually translated as Rock on God Given land. This becomes apparent on first observing the iconic views of the Franschhoek Valley from the upper deck of the double volume Roca Restaurant.
Went for lunch at Roca on Dieu Donne Wine Farm on the 07/01/2013. We arrived at 1pm, ordered wine and water for the whole table immediately and food by 1,30pm. Our drinks took over half an hour to arrive and it took another 10 minutes for the waiter to find all the glasses required. Through the rest of the day each time our glasses were empty we had to request a top up or do it ourselves. Our starters arrived at 2,45pm and our mains at 3,45pm. On arrival of the mains, one of the dishes was forgotten and only arrived once the entire table had finished the meal. I had the sole, which was mushy and lacked flavour of the herb butter with which it was meant to be stuffed. To be honest it tasted like cardboard. The veggies, which could easily have been frozen mcain veg, was watery, cold and tasteless. The chips were also cold and not even golden brown in colour. Considering this dish cost R160, I would recommend you never go to this spot for food. The best part of the meal, according to the whole table, was the ice-cream which according to the waiter is bought rather than made on site. Once we had paid, the manager asked how we had enjoyed the experience- his first time showing face the whole day- and proceeded to give every excuse in the book. It sadens me, because Roca is situated in a beautiful building, with a stunning view and atmosphere and the experience is ruined by terrible management and one very lost chef. My boyfriend- a qualified chef who works in Cape Town, was even tempted to offer his help to the chef or find the owners and offer a better service. Don't waste your money here- Woolies ready-made meals beat the food hands down!