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.
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