Food & Drinks

Bosman’s at Grande Roche

Bosman’s at Grande Roche The late Bosman’s chef Frank Zlomke left some pretty huge culinary shoes to fill, but his successor Roland Gorgosilich is certainly doing a stand-up job. Continuing in the same vein, incorporating local, seasonal produce into his fine-dining fare, gourmands can expect the likes of poppy seed and black pepper springbok loin with butternut and ginger purée and balsamic...

Backsberg Restaurant

Backsberg Restaurant This wine estate eatery is renowned for its spit-braai lamb, which takes centre stage during Sunday’s ever-popular buffet lunch, an event that comes with a side of live music. The summer menu features platters filled with charcuterie, cheeses and preserves, and sumptuous smoked trout with a creamy basil and chardonnay sauce, whilst the winter bill stars heartier eats...

Ye Old Tavern

A newbie on Montagu’s dining front, plying comfort staples like steaks, burgers, bobotie, fish and chips and pizzas. Prices are reasonable, the vibe is laid-back and the unique touches by chef Sonya Ribeiro – like complimentary starters of petite vetkoek with home-made chilli jam; and warm, crusty garlic bread served up with pasta dishes – have patrons lining up outside...

Die Stal

This country restaurant is definitely worth the drive out of town. Chef Suzanne Venter’s black-board menu changes daily and the fare is mouth watering – think grilled pork fillet with red wine-spiked pears, walnuts, blue cheese and mash or lamb and litchi salad. Dishes are presented with flair. There’s also a kiddies’ menu and play area to amuse the little ones. Open 8am...

Mimosa Lodge

Mimosa Lodge Well known in foodie circles, this award-winning haute cuisine spot is headed up by Swiss chef Bernard Hess. Mimosa offers a four-course set menu, paired with a selection of fine wines, and on arrival diners are treated to complimentary welcome drinks. Want to make a weekend of it? Book yourself into one of the lodge’s twenty-three stylish double rooms. Open Season 7-8....

Jessica’s Restaurant

Jessica’s Restaurant Much loved by locals, this dining favourite is named after the owners’ bulldog, Jessica. The vibe is romantic and unpretentious and the cuisine, dished up by chef Heinrich-Werner Blom, is continental with Eastern influences. At the time of writing, Blom was planning a sousvide menu (slow cooking under pressure), but a regular à-la-carte fine-dining menu will still be...

Huguenot Fine Chocolates

Huguenot Fine Chocolates This old-style chocolatier comes alive at Easter, but any day of the week there’ll be a crowd choosing their favourites from the glass display case filled with handmade goodies. Real chocoholics should sign up for the half-hour Chocolate Experience (R25pp), which tells the story of chocolate and ends with a demonstration and tasting. Open 8am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat...

The Riverside

This family-friendly spot is decidedly laid-back, with a safe children’s play area so parents can relax and tuck into the restaurant’s legendary bobotie or chicken pie. There are also braai-equipped riverside picnic spots on offer, with spacious lawns for tossing a Frisbee. Open 8am-5pm Wed-Sun. Main courses R65.

Rickety Bridge Restaurant in the Vines

Rickety Bridge Restaurant in the Vines Wonderful vineyard views come standard at this unassuming Winelands restaurant where the focus is firmly on hearty country fare. Picnic baskets are a good option in summer, and the boules court amongst the vines is a great way to work off lunch. Don’t forget your beret! Open Noon-4pm daily. Main courses R100.

Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant One & Only Cape Town is now home to one of South Africa’s most loved and award-wining chefs, Reuben Eiffel, Reuben’s serves deceptively simple, wholesome bistro fare, with fresh flavours, generous portions and beautiful-plated dishes. The restaurant has a sophisticated, but unfussy, brasserie feel and the food provides an exciting combination of local flavours. Award-...

The Restaurant at Grande Provence

The Restaurant at Grande Provence There’s a strong Asian influence on the menu at this historic wine estate where diners are invited to create their own menu from a selection of 20 or so meal options. This is fine dining made fun, with the likes of duck and rabbit gateaux. Enjoy at delightful tables under the oaks, with local art and sculpture in the garden and visit the acclaimed gallery. Open Noon-2.30...

Mont Rochelle Country Kitchen

A relaxed way to enjoy the great views from Mont Rochelle is the country kitchen next door to the estate’s wine-tasting tables. The small chalkboard menu has a distinctly Mediterranean slant, with some great vegetarian options. Gourmet picnics can also be ordered to enjoy at the designated picnic spots. Open 10am-9.30pm Mon, Tue; 10am-7pm Wed-Sun. Main courses R90....

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards & Mange Tout Restaurant

Mange Tout Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards Despite offering five-star bells and whistles, Mont Rochelle still retains the relaxed feel of a rambling country house. Sixteen bedrooms all have a cosy country charm, but the six plush suites are the pick of the bunch, offering stupendous views across the valley as well as private splash pools. There’s also a small wellness...

Lecca II Gelato

Lecca II Gelato You won’t want to share your scoop of dark-chocolate-and-orange ice cream, but luckily there are around 70 other flavours to choose from at what is easily one of the best ice-cream shops in the Cape. Grab a sugar cone for your stroll up the Main Road, or park off and enjoy on the tables outside. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Thur; 9am-6pm Fri-Sun. Price From R16 per scoop. No...

Le Bon Vivant

Le Bon Vivant A classy art-filled restaurant that spills onto a wonderful shaded terrace. The discreet open kitchen allows you to keep an eye on Dutch-born chef/patron Pierre Hendricks while he whips up dishes that balance Asian and European flavours with fabulous local produce. Excellent value for the gourmet artistry on offer. Open Noon-3pm, 7-9.30pm Thur-Tue. Main courses R80.