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“Crawl here if you have to!”

The Restaurant at Clos Malverne
Ranked #1 of 248 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $33
Cuisines: International, European
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We invite you to join us at the Restaurant Clos Malverne for the ultimate Food and Wine Experience. Our Restaurant offers you an utterly enjoyable intimate and friendly dining experience in unpretentious but beautiful surroundings. It is not surprising that the bulk of our clientele are people who have been here before as well as their friends and colleagues who have recommended it. As you dine, you and your guests will enjoy an unbelievable vista of the softly sweeping vineyards and rolling hills of Devon Valley - so reminiscent of their English counterpart - and the pastel-coloured mountains behind them. It is an incomparable view that will help create a pleasurable and utterly memorable experience. You'll also enjoy fine gourmet dishes prepared by Executive Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith, renowned for her impeccably-prepared and delicately spiced dishes that seduce the palate. She is one of the most experienced chefs in the country and has been voted Chef of the Year for her sublime dishes. It is not surprising then, that Clos Malverne restaurant has become a favourite of gourmands and has received rave reviews from critics and clients, both in South Africa and abroad. Our kitchen closes at 15:00.
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Crawl here if you have to!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Ten minutes by car or taxi from centre of stellenbosch. If you have neither then walk or crawl-you won't regret it. The food is almost as spectacular as the Italianate view over the clos malvernes vines.
Open for lunch only, the restaurant has an a' la carte menu, but for staggering value choose the 'food and wine pairing' menu featuring their own award-winning wines.
With the Sauvignon blanc - chilli and lime marinated prawns, butternut and goats cheese in a fill pastry pouch, and salmon gravlax on avocado,cress and wasabi base. Sublime opener.
With the Cabernet/Shiraz - port soaked chicken livers. Pork belly with home tasting crackling and then springbok carpaccio on rocket,roast tomatoes and Macedonia nuts.
If you stopped just there you'd only have spent £20 for two!!
But you can't! We passed on the steaks or grilled fish but begged dispensation to experience clos malverne's ice cream and wine pairings.(recommended by a local friend) Sounds unlikely? So does fig,lemon and chilli ice cream matched with Sauvignon blanc. Apple crumble ice cream. Cinnamon tones against pinotage red. Tomato and thyme ice cream left me unfazed. But it was a feint, to leave you defenceless when the white chocolate, macedemia nut and coffee ice cream knocks you out. And that's only the autumn selection! Changes with the seasons.
Service-smiling and smooth. Final verdict? The perfect lunch.

  • Visited March 2013
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Khartoum, Sudan
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Best Value in the Winelands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Clos Malverne's excellent four course menu with wine pairing is arguably the best value for money you can get in the Winelands. The food is very good, and there is a nice variety to chose from. The wines are totally fine, except for maybe the Pinotage which is served with the dessert. However, you can ask to have it replaced without any problem=great service. The restaurant is beautifully located with gorgeous surroundings. The staff are happy and service minded.With your meal, you also get a discount voucher for the spa. I’ve tried it a couple of times and can recommend it to those who are staying in the area.

Finally, my parents actually had their wedding reception here and everything was so nice and well organized. Big thanks to Nicolette and the rest of the team!

  • Visited February 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice lunch.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Went for lunch. Nice experience. Definitely value for money! And a good view.

Menu is quite fusion style, was not expecting that.

But good ideas overall.

Would return.

  • Visited March 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Not our No 1”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Clos Malverne offers really outstanding value in its menu with paired wines. Anywhere else in the world we would be doing handstands at such quality for under $25 USD per person. But Stellenbosch is a paradise for foodies and winies, and there are significantly better knockout food and wines available elsewhere.

The Clos Malverne sauvignon blanc is a middle-of-the-pack white and there are better whites at Jordan, or Spier, or Guardian Peak. Better chicken livers at Lanzarac, likewise mains at Jordan, Delaire, Spier, Guardian Peak. Better reds at Delaire. Jordan, Guardian Peak, etc. So exceptional value for sure but better quality elsewhere.

And if you have time, rent a bike and get out into the beautiful hills and valleys in this area and work for your meal -- you'll feel virtuous and healthy at the same time.

  • Visited March 2013
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Stockholm
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“Lovely wine, great view.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Using TripAdvisor, we found the top lunch restaurant in/around Stellenbosch. We called 30 mins prior to reserve a table.

Upon arrival, we were able to negotiate a table close to the veranda. The 4-5 tables on the have the best view, and you should definitely ask to sit there while making your reservation. (I would almost say that don´t go unless you get a veranda table) The view is like a painting - with rolling hills, trees and rows of vines just outside. The rest of the restaurant is not that interesting.

The staff was very good and attentive, and the wines as well.

  • Visited February 2013
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