The Restaurant at Wildekrans Wine Estate

Chef Gordon Manuel prepares a new menu every week for you to EnJoY.
Find the fresh menu on The Restaurant At Wildekrans’ Facebook page

The Restaurant At Wildekrans is Open

Booking is essential!

MENU

STARTERS

Sweet Corn Chowder                                                     R95

Crispy Pork, Softened Potato, Corn Kernels, Croutons

Heirloom Carrots                                                             R90

Salt Baked Baby Heirloom Carrots, Citrus Humus,
Toasted Pistachio, Fine Herbs, Sultana Dressing

Citrus Cured Sea Bass                                                    R95

Pickled Cucumber, Baby Beets, Fine Herbs,
Capers, Wasabi Crème Fraiche, Soy Dressing

Prawn Pakora                                                                    R95

Date & Tamarind Ketchup, Cucumber Yogurt, Curry
Leaf & Chilli Oil, Coriander

Beef Nicoise Salad                                                          R100

Beef Chimichurri, Anchovy, Green Beans, Parsley
Potato, Dressed Rosa Tomatoes, Olives, Herb Aioli

Charcuterie Board                                                           R130

Selection of Cured Meats, Duck Liver Pate, Local
Cheese, Preserves & Home Baked Bread

MAIN COURSE

Chargrilled Beef Burger                                                R150

Crispy Bacon, Jalapeno, Cream Cheese, Pickled
Red Onion, Tomato, Seeded Bun, Hand Cut Chips

Chargrilled Beef Fillet                                                   R230

Braised Oxtail, Rarebit Pap, Wild Mushrooms,
Baby Vegetables, Pearl Onion & Brandy Essence

Slow Roasted Pork Belly                                               R210

Crispy Crackling, Compressed Apple, Wilted Greens,
Cauliflower Puree, Roast Carrot, Burnt Sage Butter

Pan Fried Line Fish                                                          R220

Herb Gnocchi, Oven Baked Ratatouille, Smoked
Olives, Tomato Beurre Blanc

Guinea fowl Mosaic                                                       R210

Cranberry & Pistachio, Crispy Skin, Corn Puree,
Tender stem Broccoli, Thyme Jus

Selection of Wild Mushrooms                                   R195

Char-grilled Wild Mushrooms,
Pak Choi, Chilli, Cashew Nut, Fine Herbs

Roasted Butternut Risotto                                           R185

Roasted Root Vegetables,
Truffle Crème Fraiche, Pecorino, Fine Herbs

 

TO END

Lime Pannacotta                                                              R90

Lemon Curd, Meringues, Raspberry Sorbet

Peach & Frangipane Tart                                              R90

Granadilla Yoghurt Ice Cream,
Overberg Honey, Berry Essence

Valrhona Chocolate                                                        R100

Spiced Chocolate Mousse, Shortbread Biscuit,
Caramelised Walnut Ice Cream, Fresh Berries

Local Cheese Selection                                                                 R110

A selection of Local Cheeses, Fruit Preserves,
Toasted Nuts & Breads

Home Deliveries:

“We can also offer some Cellar priced wine to our deliveries. Just simply add what wine you would like onto your food order.”  See offerings here: https://shop.wildekrans.com/

To gush or not to gush! In this case there is no option. If you happen to have the superior experience of eating at The Restaurant at Wildekrans and you do not gush, you might have to check your pulse for a sign of life.

The Restaurant at Wildekrans ~ an experience you do not want to miss!

Trust the inimitable Wildekrans Restaurant Team to passionately execute the brilliant concept of “Authentic Dining”!

Chef Gordon Manuel exudes a tranquil passion for sustainable gourmet practices and authentic quality food served with wildly beautiful, creative and bewitching plating. 

I suggest that you book your place immediately – once the word is out, there will be a waiting list of foodies, eager to experience the best restaurant experience in the Overberg! I have been impressed by some good fine dining restaurants, such as Waterkloof (Somerset West), and Springfontein (Stanford), but The Restaurant at Wildekrans has shot itself through the roof of my favourites list.

Labeled indigenous trees, 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 at Wildekrans. The beautiful Overberg vistas unfold and somehow embraces one at the same time as inspiring really 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 on this beautiful award-winning wine estate & farm.

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Aldous Huxley
My superior culinary experience at The Restaurant at Wildekrans

There is always a little trepidation of spirit when visiting a new place or a beloved place with a new chef. We all hate to be disappointed – and have to pay for it anyway.  At The Restaurant at Wildekrans there were absolutely no disappointments. Not one. On the contrary! The staff is well informed, friendly, elegantly eager to please, and enthused with their endearing passion for authentic fine dining which shines through in everything they do. That in itself is inspiring, relaxing and soul-calming. You feel to be in very good hands.

We were lucky to meet the new head chef Gordon Manuel and his inimitable wife, Emma. His kind, calm and collected presence could not remotely prepare us for his absolute passion and prowess to deliver plate after plate of farm to table culinary marvels. 

Brilliantly balanced & daring flavours, colours and textures.
The Restaurant At Wildekrans Gordon & Emma Manuel

Befitting to the Overstrand being a UNESCO Creative Area of Gastronomy, the spotlight is on sustainability and growth of the area. The Restaurant at Wildekrans’s produce is mostly sourced from local artisans and farmers. Their chefs prepare it daily using old world techniques with modern inspiration and follow the ethos of promoting a sustainable, authentic and unique dining experience. 

Gordon Manuel: “I don’t believe in any smoke and mirrors and all that type of thing. It’s really earthy good cooking, presented in a subtle way.the main thing for us is, the produce must speak for itself.”

The Welcome At The Restaurant At Wildekrans

AND SO IT BEGINS

Home-baked sourdough bread and the crunchiest, most delicious seed loaf in the world, served with perfect little domes of rosemary butter. A bowl of Wildekrans’s renowned olives tossed in gentle chimichurri. On the side also some award-winning Wildekrans olive oil and balsamic to dip the bespoke bread into.

Marveling at the tranquil surrounds, we settled into our chairs to study the enticing and refreshingly non-greedily priced menu-items. A fresh and frosty, ice-cold glass of Wildekrans Brut MCC 2015 arrived as a welcome, followed by some teaser pre-entré amuse-bouche delights.

The Amuse-Bouche

 Cold Avocado Soup

A delicious Chilled Avocado Soup, served in elegant little glass balls with a Tomato & Cilantro Salsa, Sour Cream and Crispy Prosciutto. 

Beautifully presented and as dreamy and promising of more to come as a yearned for commitment ring. This Game was ON, with all my senses fully engaged! 

The Restaurant At Wildekrans

Ensalada Caprese

A little spoonful of ensalada caprese constructed out of the elements of a big salad. One perfect mouthful of magic. A synergy of flavours, served on a porcelain spoon. You actually have to close your eyes and shut out all exterior interruptions, wanting to savour and swallow in slow motion. Made with crumbed, deep-fried bocacinni, some chickpea hummus, some olive tapenade, and some marinated tomato. Then finally to finish it off, balsamic pearls which explode in your mouth, setting free yet another layer of flavour. 

The Starters

Rooibos Smoked Duck

Duck breast slow roasted in Rooibos Tea. Duck legs, slow roasted and candied with plum sauce. Home made Duck liver parfait. Herbs and plumbs from the farm. Served with drizzles of plumb glaze. 

Tender, full of flavour and contrast. Beam me up Scotty! 

Parma Ham 

Prosciutto. Melon compressed with aged Balsamic. Matured Feta. Olive Tapenade. Greens, flowers & herb oil. 
 
A delightful combination of flavours and textures.
I got very little of this as my guest tucked in with elegant vigour and left me to do the filming while she was oohing and aahing, smiling, savouring and nodding approval.


Salmon 

Farm fresh. Cured with citrus. Yuzu pearls. Pickled cucumber. Skin crackling. Citrus tones. 

This dish is so aesthetically pleasing that it is truly hard to break the wildly perfect ensemble with a fork. Almost like fiddling with the notes of a beautiful piece of ethereal music. 

But when you do, there is no stopping, as the notes create an overture and then turn upbeat, zingy and Jazzy. Once again the beautiful balance of flavours, contrasts, textures and colours cuts out all the noise in your head. 

The Main Courses

Beef Fillet

Beef poached in red wine. Braised oxtail. Parsley Puree. Roasted Onion. Baby Vegetables. 

The perfect consistency. Gently cooked into sublime tender submission without losing its healthy grassfed attitude.

Dorado

Farm fish. Ginger & carrot puree. Mango Salsa. Green beans with black Sesame. Fine herbs from the garden. Pepper sauce. Home made Wasabi mayonaise.

The balance of crunchy skin, tender meat, fresh greens, creamy puree and enhancing flavours makes this dish a favourite. 

King Oyster Mushroom

Fine herbs. Bok choy. Chili. Truffle. Cherry Vinegar. 

This totally Vegan meal, layered with exquisite flavours, is moreish beyond my greatest effort or capacity for detached moderation. The texture is wonderfully enhanced with perfect cooking to reach a soft but dense mouthful of munchy, mushroomy magnificence. It is subtle yet punchy… words fail me a little here. Best keep quiet and enjoy!


The Desserts

Peach & Frangipane Tart

The gentle sweetness of this tart is like a homecoming. Slightly crunchy on the outside, slightly mushy on the inside, it lures one to the next bite with involuntary obedience.

The Pistachio ice cream is equally magnificent. My, by now, overwhelmed taste buds ignore my satiation signals and I see my hand reach for just a little more. 

Raspberry Sorbet

Although slightly too sweet for my taste, the delicious freshness of this sorbet combines perfectly with the baby meringue and the pomegranate and Elderberry consomme. 

Blueberry Pannacotta

Gentle, soft, sexy and irresistible! 

Four Chocolate Truffles served with  Cognac or Brandy

Elegant little truffle balls made with Valrhona French premium chocolate. Each one infused with a different delicate flavour. Coconut, Pistachio, Kahlua and Dark Chocolate. 

The Restaurant at Wildekrans is a gastronomic experience of inventive creativity you will not forget and I will be back for many more!