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Latin inspired mexican in the winelands. Situated on Noble hill wine farm between Franschhoek and Paarl, Cosecha is a breath of fresh air in this opulent ‘french’ valley.

The al fresco restaurant is basically a deck closed in by 2 walls and a ceiling, open to its surroundings with tall trees and views of the farm’s reservoir and gardens, as well as the Kanonkop and Simonsberg mountains.
The interior draws on the feeling of freshness and closeness to nature with the use of lots of natural textures, light wood furniture, potted herbs and succulents, and natural stone. Tables and chairs are designed by Pierre Cronje & Sumi Gous and dishes by Di Marshall of Wonki Ware fame. The floor boast a large glass ‘window’ looking down into the winery’s barrel maturation cellar.

The word cosecha means ‘harvest’ in latin, and reiterates the concept of farm fresh produce. They have a large veggie/pepper/chili patch behind the restaurant where most of the ingredients come from. The menu is , as you have probably guessed, latin/mexican inspired and features lots of ‘bocaditos’ (meaning morsels, meant to be shared – though not so morsel like in actual fact!) and dishes like ceviche*, carpaccio with aged olive oil and tequila!, tacos (chicken/beef), quesadillas (prawn/mushroom), fajitas, fillet enchiladas and a pulled pork sandwich which looks fantastic. They also do breakfast and guacamole prepared table-side by their ‘expert conquistadors’ (looked like the waiter to me…cant comment on the level of expertise). Daily blackboard specials crafted according to availability and freshness of ingredients. Have a look at the full menu

On arrival you receive fresh tacos with cumin infused cottage cheese, which is a nice touch. Don’t eat too much of it though as most of the food is served with the same kind of condiments and you don’t want to satiate your palate too soon.
From the bocadito options we shared the Chorizo dates: Stuffed medjool dates, streaky bacon, & paprika tomato sauce R48, Carne asada: soft tacos with grilled beef, refried beans, avocado, goat cheese, & pink onions R48, Toasted quesadilla: Flour tortilla & sharp cheddar with prawn or mushroom R56.
From the blackboard menu we had a jalapeño platter with half chili poppers and half bacon wrapped jalapeños in a smoky paprika sauce. You can choose small or large but the waiter suggested small (R25) with a sidelong smile (he knows the portion size of course…). The food was lovely if maybe a bit plain as most of the flavours are the same, although our selection might have been to blame as I am sure the ceviche, carpaccio and calamari would have had entirely different flavours. Desserts are limited to chocolate brownie and daily specials (a red velvet cheesecake, nachtmusik milkshake, cocoa macadamia meringue and Mississippi mud pie on this occasion).

On to the liquid refreshment side of things. A wine list featuring estate wines are available by the bottle (R55 – R120) or glass (most at about R36) and as they have quite a range you will surely find something to your taste. They also serve Cap Classique (from local Cap classique master Graham Beck) by the glass or bottle, Sauvignon blanc sangrita pitchers, Corona (mexican beer) and a variety of local and mexican tequila (yippee). Corkage, if you insist, is R50. Why not head on over to the winery and do a wine tasting while you’re here?

Go on a sunny day as the restaurant is *slightly* exposed to the elements. They do have lots of gas heaters for winter and the waiter ensured me the cold has never been a problem, just eat more chili! You can also pre-book a bespoke picnic to be enjoyed either in the garden at a table with an umbrella, or on a blanket somewhere under a tree on the lawn. Kids will also love the lawns and a kids picnic basket with hot dog or sandwich, yoghurt, chips and juice is offered at R45.

Watch this video from BottlePlatePillow to get a feel for Cosecha @ Noble hill.

Open for lunch Wednesday – Monday from 10h00 to 17h00. Advance booking is recommended. Noble Hill is 45km from Cape Town and 20 km from Franschhoek on the Simondium farm Road. Click here for the google map.

Email: info@cosecharestaurant.com or phone +27 21 8743844
Website:  http://www.cosecharestaurant.com/

*Ceviche: fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices such as lemon or lime and spiced withchilli peppers. Additional seasonings such as onion, salt, coriander/cilantro, and pepper may also be added.

What others have to say:

Wine times:  Forget the boring, overpriced “haute cuisine” associated with a wine estate restaurant: cosecha is adding some spice to the Paarl wine route with its new summer menu! Top on the list of new items perfect for a hot summer day are the selection of latin-inspired bocaditos, “morsels” meant to be shared. These small plates explore the culinary range of latin cuisine and are perfect for a light lunch or afternoon snack…. read more

Eat out: Go easy on the complimentary nachos and delicious cumin-infused cottage cheese dip, because the food deserves your full attention. The bocaditos (supposed to be mere morsels) are surprisingly substantial, perhaps to accommodate the South African appetite. The kingklip ceviche is tangy and tasty, bathed in limejuice and livened up by finely diced pepper chunks, and presented in a small shot glass. The crispy chicken tacos are delightfully spicy, but diners can have them mild, medium or hot. Calamares a la plancha is succulent with rustic sweet potato and spring onion cakes, and a dollop of sour cream…Read more

The Foodie: One of the best meals I had last year was in December at Cosecha restaurant in the winelands. I’d driven past the place loads of times. It’s on that narrow road that connects Klapmuts to the R45 on which you always drive as fast as the N1 but really shouldn’t because it’s bumpy as all hell. Naturally, because you’ve got your steering wheel in a white-nuckle deathgrip, you miss the small sign that says ‘Cosecha’ on your right as you hurtle along. You’re going to kick yourself for missing it: the place is a gem… Read more

Tripadvisor: We are ‘regulars’ at Cosecha Restaurant, at Noble Hill Vineyards, just outside of Paarl. The owners are a mother-son duo who have a real love for Mexican-inspired food. As far as we know, there is no other restaurant in the Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, area that can touch them when it comes to Latino inspired food. Their menu is always tasty (and reasonable), the waiters are excellent and welcoming and helpful (especially Morton and Jay), and there’s lots of grass for the kids to play. Today I had a chimichanga w/ chicken and black beans and roasted bell peppers, w/ sour cream and fresh guacamole. Excellent!!!! And, the fresh brownies w/ vanilla ice cream hit the spot. If you call ahead, you can also order picnic baskets – tables w/ umbrellas, or blankets for the lawn are readily available. Best to visit on a day when it’s sunny and warm. The restaurant is covered, but open to the elements. Plenty of heaters around, but can still be a bit chilly on cold days. Wine tasting also available. Well worth the drive!!! Read all 8 reviews