On a very cold Friday we decided to have lunch at the Crown Restaurant. It is situated on the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville. The picturesque farm is one of the oldest wine estates in the country and dates back to 1702.
The estate has a chapel for weddings; a hotel, deli and restaurant. It also has a mountain bike trail, that explained the many bikers we saw. First of all we went to the deli, called Carlucci, but I decided that I wanted to have lunch at a restaurant with a fireplace on this cold day. We then were told that there was a fireplace at the restaurant on the estate.
We dashed through the rain to the Crown restaurant and the fireplace was indeed huge and burning with an inviting fire. We were seated next to the fireplace in the huge restaurant. It was very quiet at first, but eventually more people arrived. This is clearly a venue for family outings, parties or huge weddings. In summer there are umbrellas on the lawn under which you can enjoy lunch while the children are playing on the jumping castle or jungle gym. Inside it is elegantly decorated with interesting little bicycles and mirrors as wall decorations.
Our waitron was very informed and polite. We were treated with hot bread rolls, served with home made butter, as soon as we were seated. The local wines on offer were impressive.
Deon decided on the Braised Lamb Shoulder, slowly braised and flavoured with thyme and garlic, served with butternut purée, hassel back potato and a garlic and thyme jus. My choice was the Chicken Roulade, stuffed with mushrooms and spinach, wrapped in streaky bacon and served on a sundried tomato and chorizo risotto. The chicken was a very good choice.
For dessert we decided to share a Meringue Tower. Unfortunately we were told that they did not have the promised honey and hazelnut ice-cream. When we asked them to improvise, a meringue tower with pink sorbet was presented. Maybe we should have chosen the cheese platter for dessert.
Overall, a good experience. I loved the fireplace. They should just stock up on hazelnut ice-cream.