Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Michael Deg is the new head chef at Delaire Graff Restaurant and he’s knocking up some amazing food. With a view that has to be the most spectacular in the Cape Winelands and nestled in the most beautiful setting, you really should put it on your agenda to visit.

Michael Deg, Executive chef, Delaire Graff Restaurant

Michael has some impressive work experience in Ireland under his belt and has been working at Delaire Graff Estate since the beginning of 2014 as sous chef. He took over from Christiaan Campbell to carry on the tradition of sourcing the most ethically farmed food to produce chic bistro style dishes that are packed with flavour and beautifully presented.

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

I was thrilled to have been commissioned to shoot the estate, the chefs, the greenhouse and of course the food. I tried to take pictures of the views, but fear as I’m no landscape photographer, that I haven’t quite captured their utter magnificence. It was also a cloudy day, but I hope you get the picture. 

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

I tasted everything I shot and was blown away by it all. The Karoo lamb neck will be something I order again if it’s still on the menu. Things will change with the seasons, but you can always expect a few classics like Caesars salad, beer battered fish and chips and oysters.

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

The desserts are inspired and amongst the best I’ve tasted anywhere. A visit to Delaire Graff Restaurant should  not happen without ordering at least one, but I would suggest a few to share and try. Pastry chef André Steyn is amongst the best in the country and his work is a sensory delight.

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Here are my pictures which tell more of a story.

(To see the Delaire Graff Restaurant chefs in action click here)

Buffalo mozzarella, marinated tomatoes from our green house, basil mousse and black olive puree

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Goats cheese croquette, variations of beetroot, apples and walnuts

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Roast Springbok loin, pickled cabbage, purple cabbage puree, num nums and liquorice jus

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Braised Karoo lamb neck, smoked tomato arincini, feta puree, baby leeks and black olive jus

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Tonka bean parfait, mango, tarragon frozen yoghurt and honeycomb stones

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Coconut namelaka, mango spuma, lemongrass jelly, lychee sorbet

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Custard slice infused with toast, praline mousse, caramel popcorn and banana sorbet

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Passion fruit parfait, earl grey and chocolate mousse, coconut sorbet and olive oil sponge

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Art on a plate.

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

The estate has an über impressive vegetable garden and greenhouse where they grow their own food. There is a baby leaf nursery too for all the flavour packed micro leaves they need to garnish the plates.

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restuarant, Stellenbosch

the wine tasting room at Delaire Graff estate

the wine tasting room at Delaire Graff estate

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restaurant, Delaire Graff Estate

11 Comments

  1. Nathalie

    Sam, utterly amazing shots. Delaire graff should be very proud of these incredible dishes. A sure place to visit soon. Extraordinaire!

  2. This is simply stunning. The food, the scenery: everything looks gorgeous and your photos do it all justice!

  3. Celebrated my husbands 65th birthday there in 2013. The most amazing place and the most amazing food Can’t wait to go back when we return to SA for a visit in December!

    Love your photos.

  4. Sam

    Thanks Elna – glad to hear you had a good time and that you are coming back.

  5. Stunning photos. I had the chance to have dinner there in March and the food was just as amazing as you said. We were wishing we could see the place in daylight, and thanks to you, now I have!

  6. Sam

    Im so glad you enjoyed – thanks for the comment.

  7. This place is nothing short of spectacular Sam, & my word your photography us genius

  8. Sam

    Thank you so much Usha – that is very kind x

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