After our visit to Jardine Restaurant in September 2016, next on the list of restaurants headed by acclaimed chef George Jardine, had to be The Bakery at Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch.
It is a scenic trip along beautiful vineyards and blue mountains on the way to the restaurant via Stellenbosch Kloof Road. The restaurant itself is situated in a picturesque spot with massive willow trees, green lawns and ducks floating peacefully on the lake. We had a choice between Jordan restaurant or The Bakery. We chose the more informal lunch, al fresco style, on the deck at The Bakery. Baking the finest of breads is one of Jardine’s greatest passions, hence the name of the restaurant.
It was a very relaxing lunch after a busy week. Deon and I both ordered the Fried line fish with wilted spinach and artichoke sauce, served with hand cut chips on the side. It was a perfect meal. The menu changes often, but the platters for two or more are always the same. Deon mentioned that he would order an Aged beef patty on a Hatley’s brioche bun with shiraz onions, bacon, mature Boerenkaas, pickled gherkin and triple cooked chips next time as it looked divine.
The owners of Jordan Wine Estate, who teamed up with George Jardine to open Jordan Restaurant, are Gary and Kathy Jordan and they have been making wine since 1993 on this more than 300-year-old farm. We enjoyed their excellent Jordan Sauvignon Blanc. One day we would like to visit their London restaurant, High Timber, on the banks of the River Thames.
For dessert, we shared a heavenly slice of chocolate cheese cake and sat there for another few minutes, enjoying the view before driving back home. This is not an ordinary restaurant, it is an excellent restaurant with award-winning chefs and great service. We’ll be back!