Diemersdal has got to be one of my favourite wine estates and it seems I'm not the only one who thinks so. Currently, the Eatery is rated as the third best out of sixty restaurants in the Durbanville area.
The Eatery is situated in an old stable, which has been restored by the Louw family, but yet still holds it's natural charm. Each dish is cleverly created by Chef Martin De Kock - with produce that is locally grown, combined with some herbs and vegetables that are actually grown in the Eatery's own garden.
On this particular evening, we attended a birthday dinner with close friends. Here, we picked a two-course menu for our entire group, which was R260 per person. There is also a three-course option at R300 per person, however, I think it's better to stick with the two-course and order a cake to share as dessert. (We did this, and, depending on the size of your group, it could end up a bit cheaper. And it's not like you would be missing out, because the cakes are amazing!)
The two-course option included a choice of two starters and two mains. For the starter, we had a choice between an Impala carpacchio (see below) - consisting of cauliflower, Parmesan, braised impala, herb crumble and crispy onion, or, a herb roasted celeriac salad - served with toasted hazelnuts, puffed rice, fig, date, crispy kale and a fermented garlic dressing.
For the main course, we had a choice between a Pork Belly (see below) - served with braised kale, pancetta, roasted parsnips and a quince and orange jus, or, a Sirloin (also see below) - served with roasted baby onions, onion jam, potato fondant, kaaings and a beef reduction.
I didn't take a photograph of the cake, mostly because we ate it too quickly. It was a two-layer dark, chocolate mousse cake for R400. Although pricey, it was really delicious, and there was more than enough of it to feed twenty of us.
Specials: Diemersdal also does a Steak Special for two on Thursday evenings for R220 per person, where you get two 250g sirloin steaks, wood-fired baby onions, wild rocket salad, Béarnaise sauce, crispy hand-cut chips and, (mostly importantly), two glasses of a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend. (They also have a Saturday night Cheese Fondue Special, which we'll be trying in June.)
Contact: 021 976 1810
Address: Koeberg Road (M58), Durbanville, 7550
Note: Diemersal Wine Tasting and Cheese and Meat Platter still to come!