I have been wanting to visit Gabrielskloof for the longest time! They offer picnics in the summer and farm style family lunches in the winter months. They produce incredible wines and promise fantastic views. But sadly our weekends always filled up with other things and we never had the chance to visit. When we booked a weekend away in Botriver for the Spring Festival I knew we needed to finally squeeze in Gabrielskloof! Now I have visited, I am irritated I waited so long to do so!
Gabrielskloof is one of those gems which serves up brilliant country food that is both fresh and modern whilst still being comforting and simple. What I mean by that is you start with a selection of beautiful homemade breads and they are served with gourmet butter that melts in your mouth – taken wonderful simple food and making it even better. I really enjoyed the white farm bread and thought the seed loaf delicious too! I really am a terrible glutton when it comes to bread!
We picked a few starters to try out the menu. Every dish was simple but perfectly done with beautiful presentation and great flavours.
My favourite starter was the little baby leaf salad of grilled Crottin cheese, marinated peppers and ovendried tomatoes. This was actually the chef’s choice and a dish he sent through to the table. It was sensational with the grilled gooey Crottin and tart sweet marinated peppers. I am hoping to recreate a dish like this at home in the summer months to come.
The slow roasted bone marrow and oxtail served with roosterkoek crostini was so tempting! And I was greedy enough to steal quite a few bites! The slightly sweet toasted roostekoek was a great pairing to the decadent bone marrow.
I ordered the nouvelle exotic mushroom and pearl barley tartlet topped with creme fraiche. This was also served with a fresh salad and those amazing marinated peppers! This was again another delicious starter but really filling – so make sure you’re hungry if you’re hoping to make your way through three courses!
The portions at Gabrielskloof are generous and you will not leave them hungry – this I can promise you!
Main course was a gourmet affair and the plates came rolling out! This beauty above is the lamb rump served with new potatoes, pea shoot and mange tout salad and sundried tomatoes. I tend not to order lamb but I would have made an exception for this dish. I also loved the inclusion of the mange tout and pea shoots to lightened up what could be a very heavy and hearty main course dish.
Their menu stays fresh and seasonal by offering a “cut of the day” and a “plate of the day”. For our lunch the “plate of the day” was the beautiful pork belly dish below served with a white bean cassoulet. The pork belly was tender and pulled apart. I especially loved it with the gooey comforting white bean cassoulet. This is the first time I have tried pork belly paired with white beans and I was impressed with the combination.
If you’re looking for something a little more hands on and straight forward – you can’t go wrong with their giant hamburger served with a fresh salad and skinny crispy fries! Look at that giant burger patty! They don’t do anything by half measures at Gabrielskloof!
I opted for the “cut of the day” which was a 300g sirloin topped with a red wine butter and served with polenta fries and a rocket, sundried tomato and artichoke salad. The beautiful red wine butter melted over the perfect medium rare sirloin with the proper balance of juicy fat and tender meat. This really was a fantastic sirloin steak! The polenta fries were alright but needed more salt or parmesan or something else for flavour. They were just a little boring in comparison to the flavoursome sirloin and zingy zesty artichoke, olive and sundried tomato salad.
Lunch is served with a side order of fresh veggies and we loved the green beans, kale and pumpkin sprinkled with sesame seeds! The pumpkin (it could have been butternut…) was probably some of the best I have ever eaten. It was that perfect middleground between slight caramelised but not sickly sweet.
Make sure to order a couple of bottles of wine from the estate with lunch. One thing I really appreciated about the restaurant was that Gabrielskloof wines are sold at cellar door price with only a R15 mark up to cover the service charge per bottle. So many restaurants on wine farms charge full restaurant prices regardless of their location on a top wine farm – and it is actually a little irritating as a customer. Good on you Gabrielskloof for striking the right balance! We enjoyed the Magdalena which is a wonderful white blend from the estate.
Another quick tip – don’t leave without having a wonder around their beautiful farm stall! We left with a GIANT jar of their pickled peppers. My boyfriend has already polished them off – this is commentary on both his love for pickles and the serious quality that can be found at Gabrielskloof.
Next time you’re out in Botriver, Elgin, Hermanus or anywhere which might fall under the Overberg area make sure to stop by. Even if you’re heading through from Cape Town for a day trip, Gabrielskloof has my recommendation!
- Location: Gabrielskloof Wine Estate, Swartrivier Road, N2, Overberg,Hermanus
- Opening times: 9am til 5pm, Wednesday til Monday. Closed on Tuesdays
- Contact details: 028 2849865