In Africa, Destinations, Food, Vineyards

South Africa is heaven on earth for the real foodies. There are so many great fine dining restaurants to choose from. I found these mind-blowing restaurants on a two week tour through South Africa. Not only was the food amazing but the views…. Wow! There’s nothing better than fantastic food combined with stunning views.

+ La Petit Ferme, Franschoek

La Petit Ferme is one of the best restaurants in the area. And even better it has an amazing vineyard! My advice is to go here for a three course lunch because then you can fully enjoy the stunning view. From your table you can overlook the vineyard while sipping the very tasty La Petit Ferme Viognier. The fillet of beef with truffle infused cauliflower purée, thyme roasted mushrooms, potato fondant and merlot sauce was to die for. Tip: book La Petit Ferme in advance as this place is quite popular and busy.

Fine dining at La Petit Ferme

+ Roca, Franschoek

Make sure to stay in Franschoek at least for one night so you can enjoy fine dining restaurant Roca as well. For some reason I’m always happiest when at a vineyard and especially this one! On very hot days you can sit inside in the air-conditioning but still enjoy the view through the fully glazed wall. Order the seared sesame crusted salmon with a glass of the wooded Chardonnay from their own vineyard. Or better, take the bottle!

Fine dining at La Roca

+ Serendipity, Wilderness

I may be crazy, but I drove for eight hours to dine at this restaurant even though I knew the place was fully booked and I was only on the cancellation list. Why? Because someone mentioned their food is incredible. Sometimes you need to take a risk in life! And thank god, when I arrived at Wilderness someone just cancelled. The chef who is also the owner is ranked one of the best chefs in South Africa. She only works with South African ingredients and turns them into a piece of art on your plate. Her husband makes sure you feel at home and he explains all about the ingredients and wines with a great deal of passion. This is top cuisine! Make sure to book fine dining restaurant Serendipity in advance, not everyone will be so lucky as I was.

Fine dining at Serrendipity

+ The Roundhouse , Capetown

The Roundhouse was built in 1786 by the Dutch East India Company to overlook the Atlantic, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles for enemy ships and storms. Nowadays it’s a fine dining restaurant where African Cuisine is combined with European techniques to create sublime dishes. I had the 6 course menu with wine pairing and it was outstanding. Dress up, go a bit early to enjoy the view outside over a glass of bubbles and, simply, enjoy!

Fine Dining at The Roundhouse overlooking the sea and mountains



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Drinking wine overlooking the baroque gardens at Chateau Neercanne