Hartebeespoort Dam and its surrounds are bursting with new developments, which is good for the restaurant and other trade, but it means you must book in advance here.
The food is contemporary and modern, with starters such as smoked salmon terrine served with beetroot carpaccio, cucumber and litchi salsa, and a Mediterranean platter of flat bread, chickpea fritter, smoked paprika hummus, tapenade and marinated artichokes. Presentation is always both expressive and impressive. Main course options that always hit a high note are chicken breast stuffed with olives, peppers and feta, served with honey and whole grain mustard sauce, balsamic mash, parmesan crisp and dried Serrano ham; or lamb shoulder slow cooked in red wine, with crushed butternut, roasted onion mash and Moroccan mint tea raita. For dessert, baked butternut, honey and ginger cheesecake is a winner.
The wine list is comprehensive, informative and detailed, making selection easy. Look out for Little Flirt from Elgin, The Vinoneers Orpheus, Raven No 42 Chenin Blanc, Paul Wallace Brave Heart Pinot Noir and many more. There’s also an impressive Portuguese Cellar selection.
Devon Barton oversees the service and front of house. On weekends this can become a busy stop, but the waiting staff is efficient and accommodating.
Although this is obviously a farmhouse turned into a restaurant, the interior is elegant and comfortable. The buzz from the kitchen gives you comfort that chef owner Leon Nel is in full control of every meal leaving the pass. They have lovely gardens for busy days when tables spill out onto the lawn.
Walk down the most wonderful orchard of citrus to find their newest addition, Almost Orange, tucked away among hundreds of orange trees. It’s a relaxed venue that was designed to host large groups for special events, but is open to serve glorious drinks and cocktails along with large platters of Mediterranean food in a beautiful space.
An individualistic menu in a creative country setting.
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