Diners are urged to choose from three to five plates across four self-explanatory categories: Garden, Ocean, Pasture and Sweet. Needless to say, there are irresistible winners in each category. For example, from the Garden section, which lists only seasonal produce sourced directly from the Werf Food Garden, comes the charred broccoli with land cress pesto, grape seed oil emulsion, macadamia nuts and roasted garlic. You won’t even know it’s vegetarian – it’s just delicious, full stop.
The star of the Ocean section is the green-listed hot-smoked bake with fire-roasted lettuce, almonds and preserved farm lemons; while the 72-hour sous vide Angus beef with barley ‘risotto’ and Jerusalem artichokes will be your absolute favourite and leave you wanting more.
The Afrikoa chocolate dessert with cardamom-and-rosemary ice cream and Boschendal brandy custard is every chocoholic’s dream.
Diners will be pleasantly surprised to know that while Boschendal makes reputable wines, they don’t limit diners to just choices produced on the farm. The drinks selection is vast, including cocktails, kombuchas, beers and spirits.
The service is efficient and authentic. It has all the warmth and charm akin to small-town hospitality in only the best ways possible. An attentive quorum of waiters is always looking out for patrons needing attention.
The wall-to-wall glass offers ample opportunity to drink up the tranquil views of the farm’s organic gardens or the imposing mountains. But in spring, summer, or a sunny autumn day, the outdoor deck area with large round tables is where you want to be.
A provenance-steeped dining experience.
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My friend and I visited the Restaurant on the spur of the moment to ge feel of the Restaurant. The service was good and the waiter, friendly. However, the cheese board resembled a cheese tasting and there was nothing appetizing about the presentation or offering on the tiny wooden square. Definitely not value for money. Wouldn't be back!
Food was good but the portion sizes are far too small for the price the restaurant is charging. Since December the portion sizes have halved. Won't be going back here. Restaurant is targeted at overseas tourists who don't mind ordering a few main meals. For South Africans very expensive and other than the ambiance no value for money. When we asked the manager he said this is restaurant policy. The portion size is ridiculous
Beautiful restaurant love the interior and the setting at the back with the view on the newly organic gardens and the beautiful mountains. The food was of the highest quality from the home made bread to the desert accompanied by the fine wines of Boschendal. Friendly and attentive waitstaff. Highly recommended!!
Gorgeous, innovative funky colonial environment with attentive and friendly local wait staff and perfect sibilant flavours in all the various courses combined to make a potentially difficult evening really lovely. I have enthused to so many people over this excellent new venue and I will certainly continue to do so. What a gem! As local living in Franschhoek, we are always on the lookout for a quality place that focuses on local, free range ingredients and has a passion for involving locals. The superior wooden dining tables carved in Pniel are luscious. All very well to visit Boschendal for a yummy picnic but this is in a league of magnificent deliciousness that you just have to savour.
Great experience in the new Werf-restaurant. Absolutely delicious. Definately come again.