Somerset West International restaurant
The word lavigna means 'dweller near a vineyard' and whether they had this in mind upon christening, it certainly is apt. La Vigna is located at the Lord Charles Hotel and provides diners with an unforgettable dining experience in upmarket, yet casual surroundings.
The stylish, modern interior incorporates a minimalistic approach and exudes a chic, exclusive feel. The menu is extensive and varied and include dishes like Peking duck with noable Asian flavours, as well as gourmet burgers, ideal for the ravenous.
The wine cellar is next to the restaurant and a huge selection is available, catering for all tastes and levels of connoisseurs.
The service strikes a fine balance between professionalism and warmth and attentiveness. Treat yourself to a culinary experience in this award-winning restaurant.
Franschhoek International restaurant
Mange Tout is the French word for ‘small peas eaten in a pod’.Also known as snow peas or directly translated the word means ‘eat everything’, this beautifully appointed restaurant gives full expression to spectacular valley views.Mange Tout is a fine dining restaurant in every aspect. The room has an elegant Provençal feel that is matched with a skilful touch and contemporary design.The menu is an ever evolving work in progress, wherever possible focussing on the finest seasonal ingredients available. The team whole-heartedly endorse environmentally friendly farming practices as well as humane free range animal rearing and much of the produce used reflects this. Wherever possible, the chef will always accommodate special requests and/or dietary requests. Vegetarians are entitled to imaginative good food and cooking as well.With choices such as ostrich carpaccio, ostrich skewers, herb jelly, sweet and sour reduction, green pea risotto, fresh peas, pea shoots, pea sorbet and pea-mint “spoom” or organic duck breast, confit duck leg cannelloni, braised lettuce, caramelized pears and Cape 5 spice jus or you’ll be hard-pressed to decide on just one. You’ll also find the chef’s choice of desserts such as granadilla soufflé, buffalo yoghurt ice cream, cream filled brandy snaps or strawberry and red wine “soup”, red wine parfait, strawberry gel and chocolate tuiles irresistible. The a la Carte menu offers a 3, 4, or 5 course menu option, complemented by an award winning selection of quality wines, imbued by the soothing tinkling of pianist Alfio Sartirana’s live music.Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 12:30 - 14:00 - Closed Monday - FridayDinner: Wednesday - Sunday 19:00 - 21:30 - Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Wellington International restaurant
This great, traditional restaurant is situated in the heart of the beautiful town of Wellington, part of the much visited wine route. Two dine for is unpretentious, yet offers style and simple elegance to diners. All kinds of dishes are served, making sure that every palate is catered for.
The house speciality is worth a mention though - the Open Lasagne, sheets of lasagne with basil pesto, chicken strips, grilled vegetables and parmesan. The pasta is homemade and this adds to the authenticity of the taste and flavours.
The steaks are also legendary and the most tender cuts are cooked to perfection, which means, to your liking. Try a delectable cheese cake for dessert and wash down your meal with a great vintage from the area.
Definitely worth a stop on your way through the wine route.
Restaurants near Cape Winelands
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant
Stellenbosch(1.2 km from Cape Winelands)
Apprentice Restaurant, formally known as L’Olive, situated on Stellenbosch’s bustling Andringa Street, is a sought after dining establishment. Home to the Culinary Institute, this restaurant offers food that appeals to the senses.
The restaurant is training school for students who have chosen cooking as a career, but patrons would be far off the mark to expect anything less than being plated up food of exceptional quality.
Not only is breakfast, lunch and dinner served in style, the décor of the eatery is bright and inviting in a relaxed upmarket manner, however, the best seats remain out of house on the pavement, where guests can soak up the Stellenbosch vibe.
The dinner menu is offers a selection of meat dishes from Lamb Rump, Kudu Loin to Quail. Desserts are wickedly decadent with impossible to resist choices like Chocolate Marble Pavlova and Tiramisu with Rum and Espresso.
Since the restaurant is a learning arena, the menu also has a glossary of terms (in case the menu is all French to you).
Stellenbosch Italian restaurant
Stellenbosch(1.5 km from Cape Winelands)
The Vines is an Italian wine bar and eatery that combines a traditional Italian feel with modern, innovative food and decor. The food is typically Italian and reminds of home cooking every time. Try a gorgeous pasta with a sauce of your choice or a simple sarmie made with freshly baked foccaccia. Pair any dish on the menu with an authentic Italian or South African wine, or even a potent grappa. The popular Dalla Cia Grappa is served as a digestive, as a caffe’ corretto, as ice cream, or even as a Grappa tasting dessert menu.
Stellenbosch French restaurant
Stellenbosch(1.7 km from Cape Winelands)
Café Dijon is a pocket of Paris in the heart of Stellenbosch. Ideally located at the centre of town, this quaint eatery is a gem for food lovers who enjoy true French cuisine. Its indoor café is perfectly Parisian in décor and ambience while being seated outside, under ancient oak trees and umbrellas, allows for a relaxed reflection of passers-by on the street in true European style.
Expect an impressive and authentic French menu. There are classic hors d’ oeuvres and salads such as Pear, Parma ham and Gorgonzola that are designed to please the palate. The main course selection and restaurant specialties are extended to include regional French dishes to the likes of South West of France Cassoulet.
The multi-dimensional menu has an array of asides and desserts and caters well for those who like to round off their eating experience.
The combination of true French style and food makes this bistro style establishment a delight any time of day – breakfast, lunch or dinner.