When people ask, “what do you like to do for fun?” I never realised how much of it was tied up with food and wine until lockdown happened. Without wine tastings and fine dining, I was a shell of a woman. So, when I saw that their restaurant had finally reopened, we ventured out to De Grendel Wine and Restaurant on a cold, cloudy Saturday for lunch.
After an initial mix-up with the booking, I was guided to a table in the beautiful open dining area, with the kitchen visible just behind you (as I found out when I took a walk to the window and turned back to make direct eye contact with all the kitchen staff). Although not the best day, weather-wise, the views were still lovely, with the mountain just peeking out behind the clouds
As for the menu options, you have the choice of either the two or three course menu, and we opted for the former (R435). To accompany our meal, we chose to share a bottle of the Rubaiyat (R375), a beautiful red blend that I highly recommend.
The amuse-bouche was a lovely, unexpected arrival and went down a treat. For mains we both chose the beef fillet, which was prepared to perfection – I savoured every bite. For dessert, I chose the citrus cheesecake, which I can only describe as heavenly. Not only was it beautiful to look at, it was the perfect way to end off an incredible meal.
We had planned to do a wine tasting afterwards, but we were actually so full by the end that all we could really do was roll to our cars and take a nap. Which is fine, because it gives us all the more reason to visit again!