(Image courtesy of The Kitchen at Maison)
96 Winery Road
This cosy country restaurant serves hearty classics with a twist, inspired by local flavours, and French bistro cuisine. Relax by the roaring fire and enjoy their Winter Warmer set menu at R320 per couple for two courses or R400 per couple for three courses. The menu includes dishes like smoked pork loin, springbok carpaccio and Thai chicken curry. For the month of July, they also have a gourmet burger and beer lunch special from Monday to Friday, and Tuesdays and Thursdays you can order their signature Hollands pepper fillet or a duck and cherry pie at 21% off the normal price for lunch or dinner.
The esteemed fine dining restaurant will be offering a Winter special over both lunch and dinner up until 30 September. Order a two-course meal from the à la carte menu, served with a glass of Kleine Zalze wine for R295. The four-course tasting menu is priced at R395 without wine and R495 with wine.
Benguela on Main
The ever glamourous Benguela offers a lavish Winter culinary experience. Choose between a two or three-course meal from the à la carte menu at R240 or R310 respectively. The offer continues until 30 September and features dishes like orange smoked duck breast, elements of Jerusalem artichokes, roasted sunflower, watercress and black bean salsa as well as risotto of potato, wild mushroom, duxelles, horseradish and local Parmesan, to name a few.
A laid-back bistro serving comfort classics, Taste pulls locals for their consistently scrumptious food. There are some tasty Winter specials in store: for lunch, you can order hake and chips for R85 or soup and a toastie for R75. Between 5 pm and 8 pm for dinner you can order a two or three-course meal for R195 and R235 respectively, both served with a carafe of wine.
Henri’s Restaurant and Pub
This homely family restaurant and wine bar is run by the owners and sits in a refurbished old home, that is filled with character, adding to the overall charm of Henri’s. The Winter menu is not short of choice with dishes like crumbed pork terrine, chicken Rogan Josh and Penne Arrabiatta. You can order two courses for R220 or three courses for R250, and each couple will receive a bottle of Lourensford River Garden wine.
Eric Bullpitt and his team have put together a scrumptious and inventive Winter menu, exploring their continual theme of good harvesting ethics while practising a zero-wastage approach. The three-course set menu will be available from Wednesday to Sunday over lunch and includes dishes like Avondale duck ravioli and roasted free-range chicken breast and aubergine. The lunch menu is priced at R250 per person and is available from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.
Dornier Bodega Restaurant
Enjoy beautifully prepared dishes in a rustic country setting, by a roaring fire, Dornier certainly sets the tone for Winter. The Winter menu has been carefully prepared to excite the taste buds and warm the soul. You can order either two or three courses at R225 or R295 respectively, which features dishes like West Coast mussels steamed in Chenin Blanc, onions and garlic, served with thyme cream, and braised Karoo lamb shoulder in red wine.
The Kitchen at Maison
The exquisite and serene setting at The Kitchen is one of a kind, combining an elegant farm setting with delicate, creative dishes. For their Winter special, expect the same brilliant food, with a five-course tasting menu priced at R395. Dishes include lamb breast, sunchoke and hazelnut and line fish with seaweed, ink and potato.
Over July and August, Durbanville Hills will be warming things up with their Winter dinner special. The dinner includes a glass of wine on arrival, fresh warm bread and butter, the chef’s choice of main and dessert, all for R175.
As always we are delighted to add one of Cape Town’s finest to our list of Winter Winelands specials. La Colombe offers a four-course lunch from Monday to Thursday at R395 per person. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy state of the art dishes at a fraction of the usual price. The forest setting at Silvermist also creates an ideal Winter scene as you cosy up inside. The special is available until 31 August.
La Colombe’s sibling restaurant focuses on tapas and light, lively dishes. For lunch you can enjoy a four-course lunch with two tapas, one main and one dessert for R295 (valid until 31 August), available from Monday to Thursday.
Another fine dining restaurant is treating diners to Winter specials and exciting new dishes. The Greenhouse is known for their inventive use of local flavours and creating unique dishes that celebrate indigenous cuisine. They are offering a Winter lunch special for three courses at R395 on Fridays and Saturday from 12 pm until 2 pm. The dinner special includes seven courses at R750 per person from Tuesday to Thursday between 6 pm and 7.30pm.
Catharina’s at Steenberg
Relax in the elegant Cape Dutch country setting that is Catharina’s, and enjoy their great value Winter special that has been specially designed for laid-back lunches in the chilly weather. A two-course lunch is priced at R165 and a three-course lunch at R195, which includes starters of mushroom and Pecorino risotto and confit Caesar salad, mains of sirloin steak or seafood linguini, and desserts of rooibos crème brûlée, frozen milktart and sorbets. The lunch special is offered from Monday to Saturday until 30 November. There is also a dinner special from Monday to Sunday offering three courses with wine for R295 and two courses without wine for R265.
Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg
Chef Kerry Kilpin has added some exciting dishes to the contemporary country fare menu. Until the end of September, the restaurant will be offering a comforting bistro lunch special at R185 for two courses, R215 for three and R245 for four courses. They will also be serving breakfast over the same period, offering classic eggs Benedict, mushroom Benedict, or eggs royale with added smoked rainbow trout and baby spinach. The breakfast includes a complimentary cup of coffee or tea. Breakfast is available from 9 am to 11 am and lunch at 12 pm to 3 pm, both only on weekdays. A special tapas selection is available all week from 5 pm to 8 pm for tables of up to ten people. This offer includes 5 tapas dishes for R300 over the Winter months.
Warm up at Constantia Glen this Winter, where they will be serving three Wintery soups to enjoy with their Bordeaux-style red or white wine of your choice. The trio of soups comprise of traditional Austrian beef goulash or delicious roasted butternut and sage soups, both served with a freshly baked baguette, or opt for their rich French onion soup served with crispy gruyere toast. These can be enjoyed as a trio for R95 or singularly for R90, with wine by the glass from R50.
Booking is essential for most of the restaurants above so be safe and secure your seat!
If you know of any other Winter restaurant specials in the Winelands, please let us know in the comments section below.