Deon and I decided on Friday to visit De Grendel Restaurant in Plattekloof. Before we left, I googled the wine farm and read that it has been in the Graaff family since 1891. Today the farm is owned by Sir De Villiers Graaff and is known for its award-winning wines. The chefs are Ian Bergh and Garth Davids who serve food with locally sourced ingredients, changing the menu every day according to what is available.
As it was a lovely sunny day, we were seated outside where we had a glorious view of Table Mountain and surroundings. Our waitron was very polite and attentive. We ordered De Grendel 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and then had to decide on our meals. We had a choice between Lamb Shoulder, Pork Belly, Line Fish, Beef Fillet and a vegetarian dish.
As I am not fond of Kingklip and vowed to never eat it again, I ordered the vegetarian dish, which was Goat’s chevre roulade, squash, pepper, basil, potato, carrot, radish and artichoke. Deon’s choice was Organic pork belly, pork fillet, carrot, fennel, beetroot, apple, cider and aubergine.
Both dishes were beautifully presented and Deon was very happy with his. My dish was a picture of food with every bite a different experience and taste – and not a sliver of meat in sight. It was perfect and the way I prefer food.
The dessert was just as beautiful. It was difficult to choose between Lime Possets, Valrhona aero chocolate coconut crumble, Smoked cinnamon anglaise, tonka bean, maple nuts, honeycomb and apple pie ice cream and Trio of Sorbet. At last we settled for Coffee bavarois, cake crumble, nougat, meringue and vanilla ice cream which had a distinct coffee flavour and beautiful meringue decorations.
A restaurant with a view like this, good service, excellent wine and food of outstanding quality – what more do you want? De Grendel is definitely one of Cape Town’s best. Well done to them.