The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, Light meals, Modern
Phone Number 0218704207 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast: Monday to Sunday from 8am to 11am (Last orders by 10h00)

Lunch: Monday to Sunday from 12noon to 5pm (Last orders by 15h30 | 14h30 on Sundays)

Dinner: Thursday to Saturday 6pm to 10pm (Last orders by 21h00)

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Lunch & Dinner Sharing Plates Menu: 4 plates R520, 7 plates R570; Sunday Sharing Lunch Menu: Adult R420, Kids under 12 R210; Werf Burger Menu: R200 avg
Bistro fare, Light meals, Modern
Lunch & Dinner Sharing Plates Menu: 4 plates R520, 7 plates R570; Sunday Sharing Lunch Menu: Adult R420, Kids under 12 R210; Werf Burger Menu: R200 avg
Family friendly, Groups, Kids, Special occasions, Views
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Breakfast, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, WiFi

Critic's review

The philosophy at Boschendal is all about soil-to-fork provenance with The Werf Restaurant (one of two on-site restaurants) delivering a contemporary farm menu using the best quality ingredients sourced from like-minded suppliers. Much of the produce used is grown on the property. The Werf Restaurant is situated inside the original cellar of the manor house, which has been sensitively renovated keeping the incredible history of the property intact. The menu offers small sharing plates, as well as larger signature dishes, and there are plenty of vegetable-only options if you’re not keen on too much meat. Kick off with small plates such as fireside roasted cabbage with lentils, red onion and herb mousse, which is pleasantly smoky, or try Jerusalem artichokes – deliciously caramelised and served with toasted hazelnuts and a creamy dressing. The flavours are well-balanced without being too heavy. Tandoori cauliflower is large enough for a main course, and is well-spiced with good texture. Pair it with a garden salad and fire-grilled asparagus, with a slow-poached free-range egg, hollandaise, pistachio and chilli for a fully vegetarian feast. Mussels with white wine are served in a creamy parsley sauce – order the farm-baked sourdough with roasted bone marrow, garden pesto and whipped butter for dunking. Boschendal grass-fed beef is simply served with chimichurri and harissa to allow the flavour of the meat to take centre-stage. Other signature dishes include free-range farm chicken with honey-roasted parsnips, mustard and hazelnuts, and Duroc pork neck stuffed with sage, citrus, onion, sourdough and bacon. Add sides, such as corn on the cob with Cape Malay spiced butter and crushed poppadoms, a Gorgonzola salad with pears, dates and peppery leaves, or the potato side of the day with garlic aioli. For dessert, try the chocolate parfait: chocolate ice cream enrobed in dark chocolate, served over a chocolate crumb and rosemary honeycomb. Preserved guavas with custard, galangal, vanilla ice cream and almond-and-oat crumble are deliciously nostalgic, while lemon polenta cake with ricotta and mint is a fresh option with just the right level of indulgence.

The wine list is devoted to wine produced on the estate, with a range of white, red, sparkling and dessert wines available. There are also spirits, beers and ciders, a few cocktails and soft drinks on offer.

Service is friendly but can be slightly slow at busy times.

The restaurant is a beautiful, well-lit space, which brings the outside garden in. The view of the surrounding mountains makes a gorgeous backdrop for the food.

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    We were 6 people last night at the restuarant. The food was OK, except the deserts which were just not good, the "wine pairing" was disappointing (we literally couldn't drink the deserts-paired wines ) and EXTREMELY over-priced . we paid R1000 per person, for 3 small courses and 2 glasses of wines. Never again
    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.

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