As you may know by now, I am a sucker for a restaurant with stunning views. I absolutely love the South African vineyards, and to eat lunch while you stare at some vines is just my idea of a great day out. Making full use of the last few warm sunny days, we headed out to Guardian Peak for lunch and it was truly beautiful. The views from the restaurant are so incredible (see below).
The restaurant opened in 2005 and opened in the evenings for dinner in 2012. (I do think it would be great to go for dinner and watch the sunset.) The restaurant prides itself on serving "unpretentious bistro style food" and it really is just that.
On the day we went, the weather was particularly warm, so we chose to sit inside (see cover photo). You can, however, also sit outside close to the vines where it is really pretty.
The menu offers nine starters to choose from and we had quite a hard time deciding what to order. In the end, I went with Home Cured Salmon Tartare (see below) for R80. It's served with a cream cheese and herbs on top. I really liked the freshness of it and the way that it was presented with a ring of cucumber around it. It's just what I felt like on a hot day.
Gary ordered the Slow Roast Karoo Lamb Ribs (see below) for R85, mostly because he loves lamb, but also because he doesn't get it at home (shame). It was served with a sticky barbeque basting and a grilled corn and cucumber salsa. He loved it and I particularly liked the addition of the salsa.
I've been into Confit Duck ever since I had a great meal last year at Clos Malverne. So I ordered the Confit Duck Leg (see below) for R148. It was served with duck fat roast potatoes, Shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and a red wine sauce. I truly loved this dish! The duck was cooked perfectly and the duck fat potatoes were really great!
If you're not into these types of meals, you can always order the good old Steak and Chips. Gary ordered a Rump Steak and Chips (see below) for R155 and an extra Whole Grain mustard and Cognac butter sauce on the side. The steak was cooked perfectly and very tasty. (Although next time, he'll rather go for the more tender Fillet Steak, as opposed to Rump).
We didn't have space for dessert, but I was pleased to see that they have a Crème Brûlée for R50, because I just love those. They also have a Dark Chocolate Fondant with Hazelnut ice cream for R65, among others.
We had really good service and we were glad that our waitress was not only friendly and efficient, but she was also knowledgeable about the wines. We ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a glass of Shiraz (see below), both for a very reasonable R20. While we were there, we decided to taste the amazing Cirrus Syrah 2013 for R60 a glass. It is pricey at R250 for the bottle, but well worth it! I found it to be so smooth and loved the plum and mocha flavours. It's not a Guardian Peak Wine as such - the proprietor, Jean Engelbrecht, joined forces with Ray Duncan and his sons David and Tim, who own one of Napa’s great wineries, Silver Oak. Together, they formed the Cirrus Wine Company, which produces fantastic gems like this one. I'd definitely recommend it! (Even just a glass with your meal).
All in all, we had a great time. I'd definitely go back to try out their winter menu. They also offer wine tasting in a separate room (or even at your table).
Contact: +27 (0)21 881 3899
Address: Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7600
Star Rating: *****