Chapter 4: Somerset West
Giorgio Nava’s latest project continues the traditions that make 95 Keerom and Carne so exemplary: top-quality ingredients and authentic Italian flavours. But here, the overall experience is enhanced by the spectacular scenery that surrounds this serene lakeside eatery.
Here, the tried-and-tested Mediterranean fare is served in an idyllic setting on the Morgenster olive farm and, as such, each of the estate’s famous olive oils feature heavily in nearly every dish. It’s a match made in Italian food heaven.
a: Vergelegen Avenue, Off Lourensford Rd, Somerset West
t: +27 21 204 7048
h: Tuesday—Saturday: 12pm–3.30pm, 6.30pm–9pm, Sundays: 12pm–3.30pm
This venerable place has been part of the fabric of Somerset West for so long that they must be doing something right. The many people who love coming here adore the country flavours and generous portions as well as the decades-old favourites.
The chef only uses fresh, often organic and, where possible, local ingredients to prepare the dishes that you can find on the menu. They are inspired by South African favourites and flavours from around the world. The fresh seasonal and inspirational menu changes almost every day, and the main menu four times a year.
a: Zandberg Farm, Winery Road, off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West
t: +27 21 842 2020
h: Monday—Saturday: 12pm–10pm, Sundays: 12pm–3.30pm
Vergelegen produces classical wine varietals and the ever-changing menu reflects a modern take on classical international and local food dishes, specifically designed to complement Vergelegen’s award-winning wines.
The restaurant overlooks expansive lawns and beautiful trees complementing the overall dining experience and creating an ambience never to be forgotten.
a: Lourensford Rd, Golden Acre, Somerset West
t: +27 21 847 2131
h: Wednesday—Thursday: 12pm–2.30pm, Friday—Saturday: 12pm–2.30pm, 6.30–8.30pm, Sundays: 12pm–2.30pm
Besides plating up perfect dishes, chef Michael Deg’s arrival at Cavalli has brought a palpable buzz and engendered a newfound interest in the restaurant’s progressive food philosophy.
Added to the now quotidian ideology of foraging, Chef Michael uses as much produce from his kitchen garden as possible, with vegan dishes becoming integral to his menu.
a: Strand Rd, Somerset West
t: +27 21 855 3218
h: Wednesday—Saturday: 10am–10pm, Sundays: 10am–3pm
Sporting a relatively small menu, Idiom’s food immediately comes across as a clever contemporary combo of South Africa and Italy.
Flaunting its own spectacular panoramic views of the majestic Helderberg basin as well as the Cape Peninsula region stretching from Table Mountain all the way across to Cape Point.
a: Sir Lowry’s Pass, Knorhoek Estate entrance Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West
t: +27 21 858 1088
h: Tuesday—Sunday: 10am–5pm
George Jardine’s latest restaurant boasts an ever-changing à la carte menu, in the style of the French brasserie. It works just as well for a casual one-dish lunch, or a leisurely and convivial three-course dinner with friends.
George Jardine is the soufflé master, so for dessert, it’s imperative that you order the mandarin and Grand Marnier soufflé.
a: Shop 7 The Avenues, 1 Drama St, Somerset West
t: +27 21 851 3146
h: Monday to Saturday: 6pm–8.30pm
In a shining glass tower in Waterkloof Wine Farm, French wizard Gregory Czarnecki conjures up recipes inspired by his food-loving homeland, paired with wines from the estate’s own cellar.
There’s a tasting lounge on the estate, warmed by a roaring fireplace during winter, where diners can sample some of the region’s finest wines.