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“Waterkloof! What an amazing experience!”

The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Ranked #4 of 121 Restaurants in Somerset West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $67
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Fine dining in the heart of the winlelands with spectacular views over False bay . Lunch Monday to sunday 12 to 2 pm . Dinner monday to saturday 7 pm to 9 pm
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Waterkloof! What an amazing experience!”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

As a group of doctors working at Helderberg Hospital, the saying “We work hard and we play even harder”, is very appt. When I started searching for venues to host our Year-End function, one place came to mind that would embody luxury, sensational cuisine, breath-taking architecture and views, as well as amazing service: Waterkloof; the complete antitheses of what doctors, who work within the government sector, are used to.

When I approached Micky, Restaurant Manager of Waterkloof, regarding our Year-End function, he never hesitated for one second. I couldn’t believe our luck! One of my favourite wine farms was going to host our Year-End function! I must have had the staff at Waterkloof going insane with all my e-mails, but they were very professional in their correspondence and always on time.

The whole hospital was a buzz of excitement a week preceding the function. Doctors who were “still thinking about it”, RSVP’ed as soon as they heard about Waterkloof’s reputation. Of course, our initial estimate of guests went from 60 to 74 with a few days to spare. Waterkloof never hesitated and adopted an attitude of “The more, The Merrier”. Of course, the doctors decided that they needed to dance – a week before the function... I called Micky in a panic thinking I’ll have to work hard to sell this new addition to the evening’s agenda. Micky, once again, surprised me by saying it won’t be a problem and that there is a lot of space for the doctors to “get their groove on”.

On the day of the function, as I drove op the winding road leading to the magnificent structure that is the Waterkloof cellar, I didn’t know what to expect; I knew it would be perfection, professionalism and artistic wonder, but as I walked through the glass-sliding doors into the main dining area, I was in awe. Every person was greeted with a glass of Rose. The staff, being super professional, always at their posts and ready to attend to the guests; one never saw them, but one knew of their presence.

The food... Where do I start with the food?! May I be so blunt as to start off by saying it was AMAZING (what a cliché, but I can’t go about it any other way). We had superb canapé’s that just “kept on coming”. Just as we thought we couldn’t possibly top the canapé’s, we were treated to a glorious main meal – doctors at the Helderberg complex are still talking about the succulent beef fillet prepared to perfection, artfully accompanied by pumpkin pure and apple and beautifully pared with their own Elevation “393” 2001 wine. This was followed by a pallet cleanser which prepared us for the decadent desert of Jivara and Peppermint. It was a sensation for the taste buds! Artfully crafted sweets were served following the desert that gave one the impression that the culinary experience just wouldn’t stop, not if Watrekloof had any say in it. The chef and his team were something to behold in the kitchen, but their product spoke louder than words - an amazing team with loads of passion, artful talent and skill.
As the night draw to a close, one had the sense that something amazing just happened. We had a function that would go down in Helderberg Hospital’s history books as one of the most amazing culinary experiences many of us have had. The hospitality that Waterkloof showed us was unprecedented. The professionalism of the Micky and his staff speaks of a well-oiled machine.

With this, I would like to thank Waterkloof, Micky and his staff, as well as the chef and his team for a night we doctors at Helderberg Hospital will never forget. We will all definitely frequent the restaurant not just to indulge in the chef’s new creative insight, but also to experience Waterkloof wines and hospitality.

  • Visited November 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Stunning location and excellent food!”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Have dined here twice now. Two definite pro's for this restaurant are the surprising building and the excellent value for money, as you will have a high end culinary experience for a very reasonable price! Try to be there before sunset, you'll have a wonderful view over Gordon's Bay, Strand and False Bay.

  • Visited November 2013
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London
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“Amazing location, great food”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The location, perched up on the hillside, is spectacular. Fortunately, the food does justice to this magnificent setting. All the diners in my party were very impressed with their dishes.

  • Visited November 2013
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London UK
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“A truly outstanding dining experience!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

A business lunch in this ultra modern winery restaurant perched overlooking False Bay in the Cape. Limited menu selections but of amazing quality with innovative recipes and cooking. Prepared in an open kitchen adjacent to the restaurant and wine tasting area. Staff very friendly and good. Wines from the Estate served by the glass or bottle and excellent too. Certainly a special place to visit

  • Visited October 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Disappointingly cancelled because received bigger booking”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Unfortunately I will never find out how good Waterkloof apparently is. Having booked a table there for lunch, because of the renowned wine, food and views, planning a whole day of wine tasting around it including an expensive chauffeur to allow both my partner and I to be able to enjoy the full day and celebrate a very special occasion, we received an email today cancelling it as apparently a client has booked exclusive use of the restaurant.

Having confirmed our booking, surely this would mean that we are also clients. Although they have offered to rebook our table for a different day, our schedule has no flexibility. And I do not see how recommending another restaurant will provide the spectacular combination of views, food and wine.

I am very very disappointed with the service that we have received.

So be aware. If you are a small booking, and a bigger client comes along, expect to get bumped off the list, even if it disrupts all of the rest of your plans, and potentially at increased cost and great inconvenience to yourself

  • Visited October 2013
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