In the final instalment of this series, food blogger Sam Linsell shares her favourite restaurants in the Winelands of Cape Town.
As a food obsessed local Capetonian that has been writing about, blogging and taking pictures of food in the beautiful Mother City for over a decade, I have compiled a guide to my favourite restaurants in and around the city. This is part three where I share the best spots to dine in the winelands.
I love Bertus Basson’s food and his restaurant Overture, on Hidden Valley Wine Estate is his best. Expect South African flavours and ingredients as well as local infusions into his highly innovative dishes. This modern yet comfortable restaurant with beautiful views of the Helderberg Mountains is the place to bring out-of-town guests for a long, convivial lunch.
Eike by Bertus Basson
In the heart of Stellenbosch in an historic building on Dorp Street, Eike celebrates traditional South African cooking with dishes and flavours that conjure up nostalgic memories. This is the best of modern Africana. They serve a fixed menu that changes seasonally.
Jordan – at Jordan Wine Estate
This restaurant has a beautiful setting on Jordan Wine Estate overlooking a lake. It is acclaimed chef George Jardine’s signature restaurant and he produces a world-class dining experience with deliciously contemporary dishes. Various vintages from the wine estate form the base of the wine list, but they do also curate a selection from other wine farms.
This is George Jardine’s more casual restaurant in a quaint heritage building in the heart of Stellenbosch town. Enjoy the same type of innovative dishes as Jordan. Highly recommended.
Delaire Graff Restaurant on Delaire Graff Estate
Dining on the beautiful terrace at Delaire Graff estate with magnificent artwork, gardens and stellar views is a blissful summer experience. Expect favourite dishes with fine dining flair and home-grown produce. There’s an impressive wine tasting room in an opulent setting. Spoil yourself.
Indochine Restaurant on Delaire Graff Estate
This is the other inspiring restaurant on the estate. It offers an Asian-inspired menu that is refined, sophisticated and innovative. Virgil Kahn, Executive Chef at Indochine adds his signature South African twist to dishes that are light but packed with flavour. Ingredients come straight from the Estate’s own greenhouse, including fresh Asian herbs, micro greens and vegetables.
This country eatery on Joostenberg Wine Estate serves long, lazy lunches, Fridays to Sunday. The menu changes weekly and is served family-style in their rustic outside courtyard that overlooks the farm. Bookings are essential for this set menu.
A modern monolith that invites the gorgeous valley views into the minimalist but art inspired interior. Now under the helm of head chef Carolize Coetzee the menu is produce-driven with ties to traditional South African cooking (recipes, ingredients and techniques).
Spek & Bone
A quaint small plates eatery and wine bar tucked away behind Oom Samie se Winkel in the heart of Stellenbosh on Dorp Street. Enjoy an array of amazing South African wines under the oldest fruit producing vine in Stellenbosch. Small plate dining with nose to tail variations.
Cavalli is an equestrian estate reminiscent of a stylish architectural publication with clean lines and white picket fences. Michael Deg’s contemporary menu changes seasonally and offers a wide range of plant-based options as well. Wines from the estate are a good option.
La Petite Colombe
Amongst my favourite in South Africa, this brilliant fine dining experience housed in La Quartier Francaise is a must visit. The menu changes by season and is always inspired.
De Werf Restaurant on Boschendal Estate
This beautiful restaurant and the honest farm to fork food, based on the philosophy of chef Christiaan Campbell, is inspiring. Make time to take a wander through their extensive kitchen garden and around the estate. If you are looking for something more casual they have a deli with their own farm produce and their summer picnics are legendary too.
I’m a fan of Chris Erasmus’ food and as one of the original foragers his utterly unique food style is deserving of his place amongst the top ten in South Africa.
Waterkloof on Waterkloof Wine Estate
The restaurant is housed in an ultra-modern building perched on a cliff overlooking the vineyards and False Bay. They serve dishes that are on point with the latest international trends. Worth visiting for a spectacular wine tasting and cheese board if you are pressed for time.
Camphors at Vergelegen
Set in a beautiful cottage nestled amongst Camphor trees planted in 1700, this estate is redolent with history. Chef Michael Cooke is obsessed with seasonality and base ingredients. Spectacular outdoor dining with some of the finest wines in the country.
Stellenbosch: Tokara Deli, De Vrije Burger, The Deck at Hidden Valley
Paarl: Jewells at Fairview, Viande at Grande Roche
Franschhoek: La Motte, Chefs Warehouse Maison, Le coin Francais Restaurant