Waterkloof restaurant degustation menu

After having booked my flights to Cape Town on a whim, the first thing I did was contact Waterkloof restaurant to check if it would still be possible to make a reservation for lunch.

I visited Cape Town two years ago and one of the highlights was the degustation menu at Waterkloof, located in Somerset West, only 45min by car from Cape Town V&A or 15min from Stellenbosch.

The region has quite an amazing food scene and all the popular restaurants require a reservation in advance, for which you need to call, email or tweet. Personally, I would appreciate an online booking module (e.g. OpenTable) which almost none of them have. Anyway, I was delighted that they still had a table available!

Also, if you want the best view over the surrounding area, I would suggest asking for a table in the ‘Glass Box’, which contributes greatly to the already pleasant experience.

Waterkloof restaurant Glass Box

Waterkloof restaurant Glass Box

near the entrance of the restaurant

near the entrance of the restaurant

inside Glass Box - with a view

inside Glass Box – with a view

lunch with a view

lunch with a view

Waterkloof Restaurant Degustation Menu (or Tasting Menu)

When the menu was presented, I already knew what I would be having: the degustation menu including wine pairing, although I only took a sip from each glass. #DriveResponsibly

The degustation menu is R700 (€40) excluding wine pairing & R900 (€50) including wine pairing.

In fairness, the price for the degustation menu (inc. wine pairing) in 2014 was R600, a 50% increase, however the South African Rand has dropped to a record low thus the menu is only 10% more expensive in Euro.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that for a similar tasting menu in Europe, you would need to visit a 1* – 2* Michelin restaurant and it would probably set you back +€180 pp so you’re absolutely getting an incredible deal.  

Degustation Menu

Foie Gras Terrine
hibiscus, apple, pain d’épices
Circumstance Straw Wine 2013

Norwegian Salmon Gravlax
asparagus, salmon roe, egg mimosa, cucumber
Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Poached Kingklip
sweet pepper, meat jus, concentrated tomato
Circumstance Cape Coral 2015

Tradestone Farmed Quail
cherries, red cabbage, butternut
Seriously Cool Cinsault 2014

Belnori Forest Phantom
pistachio brittle, truffled pear
Circumstance Viognier 2014

Blood Peach Panna Cotta
plum, rhubarb, yogurt

Waterkloof restaurant tasting menu

Foie Gras Terrine

Waterkloof restaurant tasting menu

Norwegian Salmon Gravlax

Waterkloof restaurant tasting menu

Poached Kingklip

Waterkloof restaurant tasting menu

Tradestone farmed Quail

Waterkloof restaurant tasting menu-8Waterkloof restaurant tasting menu-8

Belnori Forest Phantom

Waterkloof restaurant tasting menu

Blood Peach Panna Cotta

It was too windy at the time, but the outdoor terrace at the Waterkloof restaurant is great to have your post-lunch coffee fix.

outdoor seating & view

outdoor seating & view

Waterkloof review

Once again, the restaurant at Waterkloof did not disappoint and I had another fantastic lunch by the hands of Chef Gregory Czarnecki

A stark contrast to dinner the previous day, nearby at Equus in the Cavalli Estate and although the scenery & estate were absolutely amazing, the food was… “ok” and I left with a bit of an appetite.

My favourite dishes of the degustation menu were the Kingklip, Belnori (goat’s cheese) and Panna Cotta!

I would never buy or order foie gras, but because it was part of the menu I gave the dish a try, but I ended up sending back more than half as I just don’t seem to like it.

There are some culinary experiences, eateries or restaurants that I consider worth travelling for and Waterkloof is still somewhere at the top of that list because of the food, wine, setting & scenery.  The following are not on the same level playing field, but if you’re ever around or don’t know where to go for the weekend: Daikaya in Washington, sushi at the Tsukiji market, Fergburger in Queenstown, New Zealand, …

Also one of the reasons I prefer to have lunch, is because of the scenery, but maybe next time if I plan my trip well in advance, I can watch the sunset from the Glass Box.

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