The Graaff family of the Historic Farm, De Grendel, certainly has connections. And thank goodness, as with the highly anticipated De Grendel Restaurant, Sir David Graaff collaborates with Jonathan Davies (owner and director of Crown Hotels and Restaurants who owns the Michelin starred The Crown at Whitebrook – voted 2011 Best Restaurants in Wales ) to oversee the running and success of this new venture. The restaurant is situated in the old tasting room, the latter having been relocated to the upper floor, so luckily the spectacular views of table mountain stay intact for both! (Read my review on the farm, its name, heritage and wine tasting experience here).
The decor of the restaurant fits seamlessly with the rest of the estate, stylishly understated with top quality finishes, from the beautiful porcelain under-plates adorned with the Graaff family crest in delft blue (hand crafted by ceramicist Mervyn Gers) to the glassware and the michelin standard cutlery.
The glassed in kitchen makes for excellent chef-in-action watching, the heat and noise strangely contained in contrast with the serenity and calm of the dining area.
Chef Ian Bergh (previously of Five flies, Pure at Hout Bay Manor and La Colombe) has constructed a menu based on classic, locally sourced ingredients, served in popular flavour combinations, with a contemporary uptake on presentation.
On the menu you will find all your favourites, from wild mushroom risotto to steak tartare, grilled squid, smoked salmon, lamb rack, pork belly, veal, tortellini, line fish and prime rib. Chef Ian also supports artisanal and local produce – think hand churned butter and honey, pasture-raised beef, free range chicken, eggs and guinea fowl (with quite a few from the farm itself). Have a look at a sample menu on their website.
And, while you are eyeing the deconstructed menu descriptions (which your waiter will gladly and efficiently explain) and the twinkling lights of the cityscape and table mountain beyond the glass windows, you can sip on the equally acclaimed De Grendel wines, sold at cellar door prices (no mark – up , very commendable). There is also a decent selection of other local Durbanville wine valley producers represented.
Menu priced at 2 courses for R255 and 3 courses for R300. At dinner you can also try the 6-8 course tasting menu.
Tuesday to Saturday: Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30; Dinner: 19:00 – 21:30
Sunday: Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
Closed on Mondays
Eat out: Chef Ian Bergh, who has worked at the Cape’s top restaurants, brings his passion for local, artisan ingredients and sous vide techniques to this smart country kitchen. Simplicity is the hallmark of contemporary fare on a focused menu, which showcases the natural flavours of farm produce …read more
Rossouws Restaurants (1.5 star rating): Views galore of Table Mountain and sea at this winery eatery where the interior is rather less elaborate than one might expect for it being on this historic farm. The menu sticks to well-known flavours and combinations that will appeal to most comers, the presentation is neat and the cooking is generally very accurate. A good wine list, with the estate wines offered at cellar door prices. Evenings feature tasting menus of six to eight courses…read more
Tripadvisor: Wonderful food with great views and really good service with a lovely cool ambiance and not far to drive from Town. We just love it and each time our friends come from Johannesburg we always like one of the choices to be De Grendel. You have to book and be patient, it is worth waiting for a opening and booking……read more
Whalecottage: De Grendel wine estate must have the most beautiful view of all wine estates in the Western Cape, with its idyllic setting looking over Table Bay and onto Table Mountain. Now the wine estate owned by Sir David Graaff has opened De Grendel Restaurant in its winetasting centre, not only offering a magnificent view, but also beautiful food…read more
Good Taste: We’re driving up to the new, eponymous restaurant on De Grendel estate, and my boyfriend and I are trying to unlock what De Grendel actually means when translated into English. It’s a perfect autumn day. Vines the colour of chrysanthemums lead to the restaurant. Inside is warm and cosy, but with contemporary edge…read more