We were staying, for a repeat visit, at Mallowdeen, a charming B&B in the Robertson valley and discovered that the barn at the cactus farm almost next door had been converted into a restaurant. We arrived, thirsty, after a dusty walk of all of 400m and were seated at a spacious table for two by the window. Our drink order was asked for immediately, the waiter obviously sensing our thirst! A smallish list of local wines with a reasonable selection by the glass at mark ups of less than 100% on retail-we know, we had visited several of the wineries.
The barn has been really nicely done up. Round roof beams, white boarded ceiling, white walls, marble floor provided about 30 covers inside with more on the terrace where there were also some comfortable sofas.
Good cutlery and glassware, nice napkins and well trained young staff. We did not see the host or hostess as she was away having a baby but everything worked nevertheless.
An amuse bouche of a warm fig with goats cheese preceded our starters. Homemade fishcakes with garnish and a wasabi mayonnaise and for me steak tartare expertly prepared at the table with beef, quails egg, brandy and all the trimmings. Delicious.
For mains we had surf and turf (rare steak with huge tiger prawns) and a pork chop cooked just pink. Accompaniments were fine.
We had one ice cream and one coffee with a grappa on the terrace and were very pleasantly surprised at the modest bill compared with the UK.
Another excellent quality restaurant is this less well known part of the Cape winelands.