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Summer Dining – Alfresco Style

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa share a summer because we are all in the Southern Hemisphere. It is at this time of year that the weather warms up and our thoughts turn to outdoor activities, eating alfresco and three fantastic months of getting out and enjoying the summer months.

The warmer months draw a lot of tourists to South Africa where they can participate in adventure activities, go on safari and indulge in the world class food and wine of South Africa has to offer.

No matter where your South African summer adventure takes you, be sure to bring your appetite because you are going to want to take part in everyone’s favourite activity whilst on holiday; eating and drinking.

The Garden Route is a popular driving route and is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. There are plenty of towns to stop at on your drive where you can enjoy a relaxing lunch and marvel at the view.

Serendipity restaurant located in Wilderness has a gourmet South African inspired menu which uses fresh, locally sourced and seasonal produce. Serendipity believes that South Africa has a wealth of culinary gems – mostly unknown to the world and they are passionate about showcasing them in a unique and innovative way. Serendipity currently holds the number one spot on Trip Advisor as the Best Garden Route restaurant. You can check out some reviews here.

Serendipity

Image source: Serendipity

If you’re after a more casual dining experience, East Head Café is just outside of Knysna and overlooks the sea – with a breathtaking view through Knysna Heads. The café supports local suppliers who source responsibly and describes their menu as “simple well-made food with an accent on flavour and freshness”. They have indoor and outdoor seating options, but no matter which you choose your meal will be accompanied by the most spectacular ocean views!

East Head Cafe

Image source: East Head Cafe

Bramon Wine Estate is the only Wine Estate located in the middle of The Garden Route. The restaurant is set in the vineyards and overlooks the Tsitsikamma Mountains and The Elephant Sanctuary. The wine menu compliments the menu of tapas, local cheeses, oysters, meat and freshly baked homemade bread. If you’re looking for a relaxed, long lunch after driving along the Garden Route – the atmosphere at Bramon Wine Estate is sure to help you unwind. While there, be sure to visit the cellar and sample their range of Vukani Empowerment wines. Vintner Peter Thorpe established this line in 2004 and named it after the Xhosa word for ‘wake up’. A percentage of all these wine sales enable local projects, especially the training and development of local farmers.

Bramon Wine Estate Food

Image source: Silke Marshall Marketing

Bramon Wine Estate

Image source: Silke Marshall Marketing

Did you know that Western Cape restaurants frequently feature in the prestigious San Pellegrino World’s Top 50 Restaurant list? A visit to this region is a must for any foodie visiting South Africa.

The food of the Western Cape is heaven for adventurous eaters. The province is blessed with an abundant agricultural bounty, from both the land and the sea. Whether you feast on multi-course tasting menus in Franschhoek at the popular Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais or wolf down mouthfuls of umngqusho (a traditional Xhosa bean stew which was reportedly Nelson Mandela’s favourite dish) in Gugulethu, there is something to suit every mood, palate, and wallet.

Desert 2

Image source: The Tasting Room

The West Coast also offers up the traditional cuisine of the Sandveld (sand bush) at eateries such as Bosduifklip where delicious meals are served straight from the coals and Geelbek which is named after the Cape salmon. Eat just-caught seafood and spit-roasted lamb at the Musiboskerm and Strandloper restaurants near Lambert’s Bay. If you still have room, Paternoster’s quirky clutch of delicious delis and restaurants are not to be missed and can offer up a number of great snacks for the car!

Image source: Strandloper

Image source: Strandloper

Summer lunches mean one thing to South Africans, New Zealanders and Australians – fresh seafood! Seafood is prepared in many ways in South Africa – braaied (barbecued) on an open fire; battered and fried; drenched in Cape Malay pickles and curries; cooked Cajun-style; grilled and sauced with lemon butter; and, more recently, prepared Asian-style. You’ll find excellent seafood restaurants both on the coast and inland to suit any taste and budget from haute cuisine to the freshest of no-frills fish and chips

Inland, Johannesburg’s Fishmonger in Illovo is packed on a nightly basis, while Montego Bay Seafood Restaurant, Sushi and Oyster Bar on Nelson Mandela Square does brisk business. Portuguese, Mozambican and Brazilian restaurants in general are renowned for excellent shellfish.

Have we got your mouth watering?

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Summer Dining – Alfresco Style

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa share a summer because we are all in the Southern Hemisphere. It is at this time of year that the weather warms up and our thoughts turn to outdoor activities, eating alfresco and three fantastic months of getting out and enjoying the summer months.

The warmer months draw a lot of tourists to South Africa where they can participate in adventure activities, go on safari and indulge in the world class food and wine of South Africa has to offer.

No matter where your South African summer adventure takes you, be sure to bring your appetite because you are going to want to take part in everyone’s favourite activity whilst on holiday; eating and drinking.

The Garden Route is a popular driving route and is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. There are plenty of towns to stop at on your drive where you can enjoy a relaxing lunch and marvel at the view.

Serendipity restaurant located in Wilderness has a gourmet South African inspired menu which uses fresh, locally sourced and seasonal produce. Serendipity believes that South Africa has a wealth of culinary gems – mostly unknown to the world and they are passionate about showcasing them in a unique and innovative way. Serendipity currently holds the number one spot on Trip Advisor as the Best Garden Route restaurant. You can check out some reviews here.

Serendipity

Image source: Serendipity

If you’re after a more casual dining experience, East Head Café is just outside of Knysna and overlooks the sea – with a breathtaking view through Knysna Heads. The café supports local suppliers who source responsibly and describes their menu as “simple well-made food with an accent on flavour and freshness”. They have indoor and outdoor seating options, but no matter which you choose your meal will be accompanied by the most spectacular ocean views!

East Head Cafe

Image source: East Head Cafe

Bramon Wine Estate is the only Wine Estate located in the middle of The Garden Route. The restaurant is set in the vineyards and overlooks the Tsitsikamma Mountains and The Elephant Sanctuary. The wine menu compliments the menu of tapas, local cheeses, oysters, meat and freshly baked homemade bread. If you’re looking for a relaxed, long lunch after driving along the Garden Route – the atmosphere at Bramon Wine Estate is sure to help you unwind. While there, be sure to visit the cellar and sample their range of Vukani Empowerment wines. Vintner Peter Thorpe established this line in 2004 and named it after the Xhosa word for ‘wake up’. A percentage of all these wine sales enable local projects, especially the training and development of local farmers.

Bramon Wine Estate Food

Image source: Silke Marshall Marketing

Bramon Wine Estate

Image source: Silke Marshall Marketing

Did you know that Western Cape restaurants frequently feature in the prestigious San Pellegrino World’s Top 50 Restaurant list? A visit to this region is a must for any foodie visiting South Africa.

The food of the Western Cape is heaven for adventurous eaters. The province is blessed with an abundant agricultural bounty, from both the land and the sea. Whether you feast on multi-course tasting menus in Franschhoek at the popular Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais or wolf down mouthfuls of umngqusho (a traditional Xhosa bean stew which was reportedly Nelson Mandela’s favourite dish) in Gugulethu, there is something to suit every mood, palate, and wallet.

Desert 2

Image source: The Tasting Room

The West Coast also offers up the traditional cuisine of the Sandveld (sand bush) at eateries such as Bosduifklip where delicious meals are served straight from the coals and Geelbek which is named after the Cape salmon. Eat just-caught seafood and spit-roasted lamb at the Musiboskerm and Strandloper restaurants near Lambert’s Bay. If you still have room, Paternoster’s quirky clutch of delicious delis and restaurants are not to be missed and can offer up a number of great snacks for the car!

Image source: Strandloper

Image source: Strandloper

Summer lunches mean one thing to South Africans, New Zealanders and Australians – fresh seafood! Seafood is prepared in many ways in South Africa – braaied (barbecued) on an open fire; battered and fried; drenched in Cape Malay pickles and curries; cooked Cajun-style; grilled and sauced with lemon butter; and, more recently, prepared Asian-style. You’ll find excellent seafood restaurants both on the coast and inland to suit any taste and budget from haute cuisine to the freshest of no-frills fish and chips

Inland, Johannesburg’s Fishmonger in Illovo is packed on a nightly basis, while Montego Bay Seafood Restaurant, Sushi and Oyster Bar on Nelson Mandela Square does brisk business. Portuguese, Mozambican and Brazilian restaurants in general are renowned for excellent shellfish.

Have we got your mouth watering?

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Wining and dining in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world’s exquisite cuisine and wine regions.

The food and wine route in South Africa offers culinary experiences which will awaken and excite.

Cape Winelands has 18 official wine routes and two brandy routes which are nestled among the most scenic and historic wine estates which date back centuries. The Cape is a premier Western Cape visitor attraction offering tours ranging from wine tasting to wine making. There is also excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively creating an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Wine Route, which is South Africa’s oldest, was founded in 1971 and is known to produce a world-renowned sparkling wine. It is located in Cape Winelands and has been awarded the Best Wine Destination in 2012 by Trip Advisor and just like a fine wine, the  town has only gotten better with age. There are a range of wineries to visit ranging from large estates to smaller independent wineries.

For elegant alfresco dining under the oaks, splendid vineyard views and sublimely prepared seasonal fare, try Terroir restaurant at Kleine Zalze wine. Similarly, the restaurant at Jordan winery offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch, with a daily blackboard menu to complement Jordan’s acclaimed wines.

Stellenbosch WineryIf your palate prefers white wine, we recommend visiting the town of Franschhoek which is commonly referred to as South Africa’s gourmet capital boasting dozens of award winning wineries and restaurants which source local produce to create their menus.

Franschhoek Valley

What makes this food and wine route in Franschhoek special is you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The heritage can be felt in this picturesque town and, yet, it’s only 45 minutes from Cape Town! The main road is lined with restaurants, some run by award-winning chefs like Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s Restaurant and Margot Janse van Vuuren of Le Quartier Francais, where it’s well worth trying to secure a table.

Franschhoek

In addition to its wine, the Wellington region in The Cape is famous for its brandy. The Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Estate in this area is owned and run by former and current international rugby players, Schalk Burger snr and his son of the same name.

There are many beautiful wineries in The Cape which will steal your heart with amazing hospitality, delicious cuisine and beautiful drops of red, white or sparkling!

Restaurants

Terrior Restaurant at Kleine Zalze
Phone: +27 (21) 880-8167
Email: info@wineorders.co.za

Jordan Restaurant
Phone: +27 (21) 881 3612
Email: restaurant@jordanwines.com

Reuben’s Franschhoek
Phone: +27 (21) 876 3772
Email: reservations@reubens.co.za

Le Quartier Francais
Phone: +27 (21) 876 2151
Email: res@lqf.co.za

Wining and dining in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world’s exquisite cuisine and wine regions.

The food and wine route in South Africa offers culinary experiences which will awaken and excite.

Cape Winelands has 18 official wine routes and two brandy routes which are nestled among the most scenic and historic wine estates which date back centuries. The Cape is a premier Western Cape visitor attraction offering tours ranging from wine tasting to wine making. There is also excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively creating an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Wine Route, which is South Africa’s oldest, was founded in 1971 and is known to produce a world-renowned sparkling wine. It is located in Cape Winelands and has been awarded the Best Wine Destination in 2012 by Trip Advisor and just like a fine wine, the  town has only gotten better with age. There are a range of wineries to visit ranging from large estates to smaller independent wineries.

For elegant alfresco dining under the oaks, splendid vineyard views and sublimely prepared seasonal fare, try Terroir restaurant at Kleine Zalze wine. Similarly, the restaurant at Jordan winery offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch, with a daily blackboard menu to complement Jordan’s acclaimed wines.

Stellenbosch WineryIf your palate prefers white wine, we recommend visiting the town of Franschhoek which is commonly referred to as South Africa’s gourmet capital boasting dozens of award winning wineries and restaurants which source local produce to create their menus.

Franschhoek Valley

What makes this food and wine route in Franschhoek special is you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The heritage can be felt in this picturesque town and, yet, it’s only 45 minutes from Cape Town! The main road is lined with restaurants, some run by award-winning chefs like Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s Restaurant and Margot Janse van Vuuren of Le Quartier Francais, where it’s well worth trying to secure a table.

Franschhoek

In addition to its wine, the Wellington region in The Cape is famous for its brandy. The Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Estate in this area is owned and run by former and current international rugby players, Schalk Burger snr and his son of the same name.

There are many beautiful wineries in The Cape which will steal your heart with amazing hospitality, delicious cuisine and beautiful drops of red, white or sparkling!

Restaurants

Terrior Restaurant at Kleine Zalze
Phone: +27 (21) 880-8167
Email: info@wineorders.co.za

Jordan Restaurant
Phone: +27 (21) 881 3612
Email: restaurant@jordanwines.com

Reuben’s Franschhoek
Phone: +27 (21) 876 3772
Email: reservations@reubens.co.za

Le Quartier Francais
Phone: +27 (21) 876 2151
Email: res@lqf.co.za