Yesterday, I joined a group of foodies at a lunch hosted by the Restaurant Week team at the Durbanville Hills wine estate. Their restaurant was the runner-up for Best Dining Experience last year at Restaurant Week, and is a returning venue for the special dining event at the end of October this year.
The middle-sized wine estate is a well-known name in the wine spheres, and one of the ‘northern’ wine estates bordering the Winelands. Set on top of one of the hills is their large complex, a multi-floored venue consisting of their cellars, distillery and a restaurant with a killer view.
Before feasting on the newly crafted menu, we were given a comprehensive tour around the complex to learn all about Durbanville Hills’ large production of wine. Come lunch time, we were given a good amount of Sauvignon to ‘clean the pallets’ and were seated in the high-ceiling dining space which overlooked the hills, ocean and Table Mountain.
Our light starter was pan-seared scallops and prawns on an onion confit (such a good combo!), lovely paired with a light wine, and a great appetizer to the main. I chose the Beef fillet with roasted pearl onion & garlic, wild mushrooms and Biltong and truffle jus. Come to think of it, mention the word truffle to me and I’m instantly sold. To finish the delight, I was given a beautifully plated dark chocolate and hazelnut tart with ginger syrup and Chantilly cream (yes please). Not many words are needed, I’m going to let the images speak for themselves here
We had the fortune to be accompanied by the entertaining and knowledgeable team of Durbanville Hills, the informative partners of Restaurant Week and Streetsmart (which is, by the way, such a noble cause), and an amicable group of foodies. The food and wine were delicious, the service was absolutely spot on. My special thanks goes out to the host and the organizers for the event who made us feel so welcome.
I was certainly spoiled yesterday, and if you have the chance to drive north to check out this estate and its wines, make sure to have a sit down and enjoy some of their great food as well. Once you’re there, please don’t forget to pause and enjoy the views