In the little town of De Kelders near Gansbaai is a wonderful restaurant that deserves to be commented on, so that visitors can appreciate the experience that we had at the end of 2012.
The ambience and crispness of the restaurant was the first aspect that surprised us and the hosts Jonathan and Andre welcomed us with charm and gusto.
Benguela has an excellent menu which only displays wines from the immediate area and the suggestion of Jonathan's for the Springfontein Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany our selection of starter and main course was top drawer - and ended up being two bottles. Their suggestion of the lime & chilli prawns and the fish cake as starters settled our demise of what to have, so that we could try both portions.
We both had the coriander-encrusted beef for mains and they were divine, but just needed to come off a little earlier - both were more medium than rare and medium/rare that we ordered. Chef needs to be cognisant of this comment, as it has been mentioned by other reviewers before.
Desserts were the funky monkey and a "boring" Irish coffee for me - no complaints here at all.
Service is not rushed, but suits the ambience created and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Looking forward to returning to Benguela on our next trip to De Kelders.
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