Terroir is a top Stellenbosch restaurant and a darling of the South African culinary scene. I have been visiting over the years and always appreciate the fresh, seasonal and authentic dishes being served. My godmother was visiting from the UK and my mom said: “book the restaurants and we’ll pay”. This is a unicorn statement in my house- far from the usual and as such I quickly jumped on the statement and got booking. One of the lunches I booked was a visit to Terroir.
I have visited Terroir before and it is a huge favourite of my mom and dad. My mom is actually pretty boring at restaurants – She goes to a restaurant in Stellenbosch for one specific dish. Easy to please until they update their menu…
The Terroir favourite dish is the prawn risotto with sauce Americaine – and luckily Terroir is not likely to remove this heavy hitter from their menu.
Terroir’s menu only has four starters and four main courses- which is pretty small by average menu standards but despite this I really struggled to narrow my choices down!
The beef tartare with quail egg, basil pesto, charred aubergine puree and asparagus ribbons was the most popular order around the table. The tartare was beautifully presented and tasted fantastic too. I could easily order this tartare as a main course… or just eat more of it as a starter!
The prawn risotto with sauce Americaine was delicious as always and lives up to all your prawn risotto wildest dreams. If you have never been to Terroir before then you have to order this dish. This dish is kind of a right of passage into Terroir as a restaurant you keep returning to.
The seared tuna with bacon, watermelon, sweet and sour sauce with kewpie mayo was tasty but a little sweet. The tuna was tender and delicious especially with the kewpie mayo but the sweetness of the sweet and sour sauce overpowered the dish a little.
The Main Event
The main course is where my mom shines. She is bossy and demanded but incredibly charming at the same time. And this is where she orders the prawn risotto as an upgrade to main course. This is clever, trust me, the prawn risotto is delicious and more is definitely better!
Jono went with the confit pork belly, pea veloute, crushed potatoes and pickled onions. This was my favourite main course dish. The pork was tender, delicious and was amazing with the pea veloute.
My dad and I went with the fresh linefish, spinach, Chorizo and mild red pepper. I really enjoyed the smoky flavours from the crispy calamari tentacles and red pepper. But I found the fish a little uninspiring – but I suppose line fish kind of runs that way. Next time I’ll order the pork belly 😉
Desserts at Terroir
Despite all the eating we simply couldn’t resist dessert. It all sounded too delicious. My dad opted for the trio of sorbet which we laughed at for being boring – was actually pretty delicious. My mom ordered the trio of ice cream with the highlight being the salted caramel ice cream which is utter perfection!
The marinated mango, with coconut, vanilla, brioche and banana, was beautiful and tasted delicious too! The sticky honey sauce with ripe mango and toasted brioche was perfection.
I ordered the chocolate bar with hazelnuts and vanilla ice cream with fresh raspberries and honey comb crunch. This was rich and decadent and the ultimate chocolate indulgence.
This was the perfect end to a fantastic meal. We enjoyed all three courses with the Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc. Terroir was a gorgeous lunch and if you’re look for a great Stellenbosch restaurant you won’t go wrong!
- Location: Kleine Zalze Estate, R44, Stellenbosch
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday lunch 12pm til 2:30pm and dinner from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
- Contact details: 021 880 8167