Rivendell is unlike the other restaurants on this blog in the sense that I did not actually plan to go there. My friends and I came upon this little oasis quite per chance, as a restaurant close by had been unwilling to serve eight of us food because their kitchen was due to close in half an hour (a bit rude if you ask me). Nevertheless, our prospects for a decent meal increased as we Googled places nearby and found Rivendell. Situated on the corner of the R43 and the R44 en route to Hermanus, it really is a shire-like haven.
It's run by Chef Thomas Sinn and his team of professional, friendly staff. It was an absolute pleasure to walk into this place! The restaurant makes use of produce sourced from local farmers and suppliers and these ingredients are beautifully presented on the plate.
As a main course, I picked the Pork Belly (see below) as it was paired with a wasabi mashed potato, which I quite fancied. It really was amazing!
The main courses range from R85, (where you could have a beef and Dijon mustard burger or a mushroom risotto), to R135, (where you could have a grilled beef sirloin). The pork belly comes in at R125, which, in this case, I really believe is worth your money.
For dessert, we ordered a chocolate-lover's dream! (See below.) It tasted as good as it looks. They also have a vanilla crème brulée for R54.
Rivendell also have their own wines. We had the Sauvignon Blanc for R135, but there is also a Rosé for R98 and a Shiraz for R190. They offer a wine tasting too, but we arrived a bit too late to fit in a wine tasting as well as the lunch.