It was a beautiful early Winters day and my friend John and I headed to the Stellenbosch for a lunch at Terroir. I had been invited to taste the Winter menu and sample some of the wine.
Both John and I being avid ‘happy-snapper’s’ wandered around the estate taking pictures of the beautiful scenery and autumnal colours.
Yes, we got a bit carried away as you will see.
Reasons to visit Terroir: #1 ~ the wine
We kicked off with a wine tasting in the tasting room and uncovered a few gems. The Kleine Zalze 2008 Chenin being one of them and now my favourite Chenin. We also enjoyed the Sauvignon blanc and brought home quite a few bottles of both to see us through the coming winter months.
#2 ~ the vibe + #3 ~ the value
I really love Terroir. Its unpretentious and casual whilst offering up delectable cuisine that solidly falls into the fine-dining side of the culinary spectrum. This winter you can take advantage of Chef Michael Broughton’s Winter special with dishes that will change according to availability but include seared salmon on Puy lentils with Thai green curry flavours and bacon foam or tempura-style caramel and ginger calamari with Yuzu mayo (totally delectable).
#4 ~ food provenance
Almost everything is home-made at Terroir, from the bacon to the bread.
#5 ~ Winter fun
As Capetonians we have a tendency to hibernate in Winter so we often need a little push. If this isn’t a gentle nudge to get to Terroir for their limited menu special then I don’t know what is. The Winter Special includes a choice of three starters, three mains, two desserts and a cheese board, with dishes changing according to seasonal availability of ingredients. Two courses costs only R175, three courses costs a reasonable R198. Both deals include a complimentary glass of award-winning Kleine Zalze wine to set the mood. Bargain!
#6 – fireplace + #7 ~ scenery
They also have a fireplace inside the restaurant if you are looking for a more cosy environment. However, if its a sunny day I can highly recommend sitting outside on the patio and admiring the views.
#8 ~ great service
I can often be hyper critical about bad service, but when its good, my oh my am I happy. It is something that can never be under-rated. Everyone was so friendly and nice, but I must mention our waitress on the day, Osmeline. She was simply superb, highly knowledgeable and extremely charming. Probably one of the best service professionals I have seen in a long time.
Here are our pictures from the lunch. They speak for themselves, and will hopefully give you a few more reasons to head out to Kleine Zalze.
John took a plethora of pics, so here are a few of his from the day, edited in his special way.
The Winter Special may be ordered by tables of eight or less guests, and is available from now until 30 September 2012 from Monday to Saturday at lunch and dinner (excludes Sunday lunch). To reserve a table, please call 021 880-8167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org