A Lovely Languid Lunch at Panorama Restaurant
Entering through the welcoming open gate on the R43, just 8 minutes from Stanford, the first inkling of the quirky elegance at Bellavista Country Place is the ‘Slow Traffic Ahead’ signs with an image of a tortoise. The slow drive up the hill takes you through acres of serene silence and those soft earthy aromas of Fynbos. Nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking views from the top! Getting out of your car and looking back, a vista will open up to reveal 180-degree views of rolling slopes of Fynbos veld, the majestic Atlantic Ocean skirted by beautiful mountains to form the renowned Hermanus Walker Bay.
As cool and calming as the views are, as warm and hearty the welcome you will receive from owners Georges & Marcelle and the staff.
Chef Eben is deceptively creative and equally eager to please. He is a true artist and quite flamboyant with flavours, consistencies, textures, colours and unique combinations of herbs and spices. He has a magical flair for intricate combinations as much as for elegant simplicity.
The sensual and beguiling feast of tempted senses started with the visual appeal of excellent plating. I was tickled as pink as the smoked salmon! The use of fresh organic herb garnishing from their garden complimented every dish in beauty and flavour.
Like the self-proclaimed hedonist I am, I wanted to taste everything! Look at the starters menu! We ordered a selection, choosing to share plates to optimise the opportunity to taste maximum options. Please click on the images to enlarge the photos, you will understand the truth of my excessive salivating.
*SMOKED SALMON TROUT R95
Simple, fresh and delicious. Thoughtfully presented in perfect bite sizes.
*THINLY SLICED VENISON CARPACCIO
with GRUYèRE cheese flakes R90
Delectably made and presented with a genius caper compote.
*FREE RANGE CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT R85
Perfectly balanced textures and flavours – Natural Umami deluxe.
*THAI FLAVOURED ASIAN BROTH with vegetables and noodles R75
My favourite – Spicy, complex yet light – Uber Umami!
The accompanying crisp Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc wine from Lomond pleased and soothed our palettes, clearing the way for the next taste sensations.
The company became more animated. So much good food and wine cannot be subdued.
The masterfully prepared main courses we chose were
*OUDTSHOORN OSTRICH FAN FILLET SEARED MéDAILLONS
fondant potato, vegetables and pan jus R234
(I asked for medium-rare to rare and it was done to perfection!) This dish is a symphony of exquisite tastes and textures.
*LOCAL FREE RANGE CHICKEN à la Chef Eben R198
Not even the beautiful presentation and the impressive butternut tagliatelle could prepare you for this gentle succumbing into the bliss of this hearty meal. Surrender and enjoy!
Obviously, no-one at the table could be hungry anymore, other than the desire to taste more of the marvels created in the kitchen. So we ordered the indescribably brilliant and unique *CRèME BRÛLée Ice Cream served with pear poached in red wine and topped with white pear shavings dusted with secret deliciousness R70
The unique and magical alchemy of Bellavista and Panorama Restaurant is made up of very interesting components of Swiss precision, good taste, relaxed elegance, creative genius, warmhearted intelligence and a setting fit for Kings & Queens.
I will be back! Many times!
Panorama Restaurant is open from October until the end of May every year.
Fresh seasonal produce is sourced daily from their huge organic garden and surrounding vendors. Click here to view the enticing Panorama Restaurant menu.
Our working days and hours:
Open every day except Wednesdays.
Lunches from 12.00 to 14.30 last order 14.00
Sundowners from 17.00
Dinners from 18.00 to 21.00 last order 20.30
Bookings: +27 (0)82 901 76 50
On the R43,
8km after Stanford to Gansbaai,
follow signs BELLAVISTA
P.O. Box 53 Stanford 7210
Western Cape – South Africa
Fax.+27 (0)86 500 45 66
Mobile: +27 (0)82 901 76 50
Click here to e-mail us.