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Gourmet food and excellent wines in South Africa

South Africa is now slowly beginning to be recognized as a vibrant food and wine powerhouse. One of the most exciting aspects of eating in South Africa is the sheer number of ingredients you won’t be able to find elsewhere,...

by Giada Galliano
May 20th, 2016
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South Africa is now slowly beginning to be recognized as a vibrant food and wine powerhouse. One of the most exciting aspects of eating in South Africa is the sheer number of ingredients you won’t be able to find elsewhere, simply due to geography. Nestled in the centre of Cape Town’s post-industrial artisan market The Old Biscuit Mill is Test Kitchen, which is easily the most famous restaurant in the country. Seated at the eclectically-designed table you will be offered a choice of several signature cocktails before the tasting menu began. The Tasting Room lies about an hour’s drive outside Cape Town in the beautiful Winelands haven of Franschhoek. Part of the five-star Leeu Collection hotel consortium, it is the fine dining offering at the luxurious Le Quartier Francais hotel.

The presentation is inventive, stunning and incorporated leaves, ceramics, wood and flowers and the clientele included fine dining aficionados from all over the world. Regardless of which restaurants you choose to eat at, what’s a constant is excellent wine. Between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, there is no shortage of high-quality wine that’s begging to be consumed. Obviously, visiting the country’s top restaurants is one way to sample them, but visiting the wine farms (as they’re called in SA) is an experience in its own right. Tasting rooms are often very tastefully designed with a luxury consumer in mind. The most famous is Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch, of Graff Diamonds fame, whose wines will be found on every top wine list and who boasts one of the most beautiful tasting rooms anywhere.

Other first class options include Cavalli Estate, who also maintains a fine dining restaurant and thoroughbred horse stable; Morgenster, which offers an olive oil tasting; Vergelegen where you can choose between fine and casual dining; and Haute Cabriere sitting mountainside above the village of Franschhoek and boasting excellent sparkling wines and a beautiful cave-like dining room. South Africa has come to offer engaging, enlightening, and decadent food and wine experiences on par with some of the best anywhere in the world.

www.thetestkitchen.co.za

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