Cape Town is blessed to have many outstanding restaurants. The Vineyard at the Vineyard Hotel in Claremont must rank as one of the very best.
Parking was a breeze, with a very friendly guard directing us. The hotel itself has a very welcoming ambiance, and the buzz generated by patrons enjoying a welcoming drink served by friendly and knowledgeable staff on a Friday evening, was awesome. The sense of excitement intensified as we were introduced to winemaker Carsten Migliarina, who wines would be enjoying later.
The evening would see us feasting on four set courses, each paired with a specially selected wine.
First course consisted of chevin-parsley wontons, mango puree, roast onion and cashew. Paired with Migliarina Pinot Gris 2017, this was very well received and set the scene for a feast!
The second course was a serving of butter pork curry, coconut jasmine rice, coriander poppadum and sambals. The butter pork was a variation on the more common butter chicken, but proved delicious, especially paired with Migliarina Chardonnay 2013.
The third course was an absolute highlight. Braised lamb shank, butter bean cauliflower mash, beets and thyme jus was awesome. Tasty, tender, beautifully presented, it was close to perfection. Perfection was achieved when paired with the Migliarina Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.
Up to this point the evening was fantastic – wonderful setting, fantastic food, great company, and the bubbly ambiance enhanced by the wonderful tunes emanating from the well-placed piano.
Then came the fourth course – dessert. What a treat! Black forest dark chocolate creme, vanilla-kirsch bavarois, cherry gel, devil’s food cake and caramelia sorbet – all placed artistically on a plate. Again, what a treat!
A beautiful evening was had by all. Great ambiance, great setting, wonderful food, wonderful wine, wonderful company. What more could one ask for on a Friday evening. I suppose one could ask – Looking forward to the release of the 2019 dates…
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Restaurant Info: Square Restaurant,The Vineyard Hotel ,Colinton Rd,
Tel No: 021 657 4500
Monday to Friday from 06h30 to 10h30. Weekends & public holidays from 07h00 to 11h00.
Monday to Saturday from 12h00 to 15h00. Sundays & public holidays from 12h30 to 15h00.
Served daily from 15h30 to 17h30.
Served daily from 18h00 to 22h00