Situated along the Stellenbosch Wine Route is the very under-appreciated Nomad Restaurant. With a seasonal menu, the restaurant aims to serve food that is locally-produced, grass-fed, organic and free range.
The executive chef, Marile van Niekerk, specializes in Viticulture and Vegetables, and perhaps that is the reason that the restaurant also has such a wide range of tasty-looking menu options for vegans.
I have visited this restaurant on two occasions - the first was my husband's birthday. We were a large group, but the service was very disappointing. The drinks took a long time, the food took a long time, the waitress was a bit rude and one person at our table only received his meal after some of us had already finished eating. However, I went back, because the food was good. And this time, the service really was good - we had no complaints at all. I guess it is better to go on a quiet day (perhaps through the week), as I don't think the kitchen can easily cater for large groups of people.
The setting of the restaurant is really pretty. It is next to Hartenberg Wine Estate, and overlooks a small dam (however, the dam doesn't look great at the moment due to our current drought). The garden and eating area is quite pretty (see below).
The first time we went, I ordered a gluten free (and vegan) Caprese Focaccia (R90) with rosa tomatoes, basil, rocket, bocconcini, marinated courgettes and a balsamic reduction (see below). It was very tasty!
Gary ordered the Prosciutto wrapped ostrich fillet (R170), which was served with garlic potato purée, parmesan roasted asparagus, confit rosa tomatoes and raspberry pan jus (see below). It was also really nice.
The second time we went, I ordered a starter as my main course. I had the Pink peppercorn crusted rare roast beef tenderloin (R85), served with cranberry-horseradish coleslaw, guacamole and a raspberry balsamic reduction (see below). I really enjoyed this - it was light and summery on a very hot day.
Gary ordered a (massive) Mexican burger (R125), which was a grilled, 100% beef pattie, served with a tomato salsa, guacamole, jalapeños, mozzarella and Spanish chorizo (see below). This burger also comes with a vegan option.
There is also a selection of desserts to choose from. The first time we went, my cousin ordered the Vegan Chocolate Mousse (R60), which was served with chocolate soil, apple-mint gel and berry coulis (see below). I thought it was presented very nicely. I like how the restaurant is able to make vegan food look good and tasty.
The restaurant also has a wide selection of wines, including Sauvignon Blancs (R90 - R195), Chenin Blancs (R85 - R145), Cabernet Sauvignons (R125 - R265) and Pinotages (R125 - R240).