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Open Dining at Wildekrans Restaurant


Book your table: Tel: 079 700 9472
Location: Wildekrans Wine Estate
Opening hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11:00 – 16:00
Thursday & Friday: 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 08:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00
Wildekrans website

White rocks and white strips around the bottom of the trees lead the way from the wide, welcoming gates all the way down to the Restaurant. The beautiful Overberg vistas unfold and somehow embrace one at the same time as they inspire exhaling and deep breathing. It is a beautiful setting. I distinctly got the feeling that my mother was there júst the day before, re-telling all staff how to tenderly tend to every single little detail. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Well – no wonder one is welcomed with the sense of sublime open-lung breathing – even the air is clean.

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And then the human interaction experience commenced. I got the impression that Corné manages with a very gentle but very firm hand. Open-faced, at ease, down to earth, friendly and look-you-in-the-eye staff elegantly made us feel at home. Here you have to understand that my dearly beloved lunch-date friends are seasoned ‘specials’ who demand to be pleased. The terrace table was ‘a bit wonky’…it got propped-up with a smile. We need to smoke…ashtrays were provided. We are a bit cold…the fire got packed and lit. All was handled with good humour and gentle grace. Only a mortally impossible-to-please person would not find relaxation slowly stealing into their veins.

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The wine was more than pleasant. The food was more than pleasing. The most ‘special’ of my friends forgot to look for something to be displeased about. It simply wasn’t present.

I had the Wildekrans Pinotage poached pear with crumbed Gorgonzola, celery & walnuts drizzled with a raspberry vinaigrette served on salad shoots (R80) It was delicious. It actually looks like beetroot until you taste the almost too sweet pear, Pinotage combination, but it is well balanced by the other ingredients. I was quite a bit disappointed with the blue cheese replacement of my beloved Gorgonzola but the adorable young chef, Pieter Louw, explained that Gorgonzola is hard to find at the moment. I forgave him instantly.

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The ‘specials’ both had the Cider glazed pork belly served with crackling & apple confit. (R110) Conversation all but ceased. They were both too beguiled by their palates. It was clear from their consenting umh-ing and aah-ing. The main courses were accompanied by the garden-grown vegetables of the day – it could be a delicious meal all on its own.

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Marmalade & Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet cleared and prepared our palates for the next onslaught of enthralling taste bud explosions.

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Pieter is also a specialized chocolatier and I dare any iron willpowered ‘special’ to decline the complimentary home-made truffles that accompany the bill.

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In fact, at the mention of our unassuming chef’s experience as a confectionery artist and chocolatier, his stint in Brussels and the wonderful little gift awaiting us, we immediately asked for the dessert menu and each chose something different.

I had the fresh panacotta with an almond praline and a Merlot reduction served with a cinnamon tuile and it was so sexy and good that I was very reluctant to share.

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I had a tiny taste of the lovely Gelato trio of espresso, lavender cream & wild berry set on a vanilla tuile with a balsamic berry coulis.

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My third taste and choice was the Botrivier baked cheesecake topped with a burned cacao Pinotage truffle. I cannot say that the encore whiff of Blue cheese in it was a happy surprise but its presentation and consistency was masterful. It was refreshingly rather fragrant than sweet.

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Special mention.
This coffee accompanying cookie looks as innocent as a young Yugoslavian maiden but oh boy does she bite back! It was sent around and around the table and got chiselled at by eager-for-more teeth. It is simply divine. Please bake it, bag it and sell it Pieter!

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On the downside, I wanted to mention that my Cappuccino was very good but slightly not hot enough and as I wanted to write it, it struck me! At arrival we were warned that the water was off and that they could not make us coffee. It is a farm! I suddenly have huge appreciation for the very good albeit not scalding cappuccino!

I highly recommend this restaurant and I will be back…many times!

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Book your table: Tel: 079 700 9472
Location: Wildekrans Wine Estate
Opening hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11:00 – 16:00
Thursday & Friday: 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 08:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00
Wildekrans website

 


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