Kobus van der Merwe, of Oep ve Koep fame, has launched a brand-new restaurant that showcases the bounty of indigenous Fynbos of the West Coast. With this new seaside location, and a gorgeously pared down and uber-simple setting, van der Merwe’s Strandveld eight-course tasting menu blooms into an experience of extraordinary food and deeply soulful ambience.

Open Wednesday to Sunday
10 Sampson Street, Paternoster

Image: Karl Rodgers

Objekt Design Art

Drawing on her astute eye for detail, Patrizia Litty always manages to impart a great deal of synergy to her double-volume gallery space. This balance permits disparate exhibits to share the space without being jarring. A case in point is the current display of 24-year-old sculptor, Stanislaw Trzebinski — who is due to showcase at the prestigious Christie’s Auction House in London soon — perched alongside acclaimed South African Artist Paul Blomkamp.

Open daily
42 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
021 876 3809

Terroir at Kleine Zalze

Terrior has garnered a host of successes and awards, and remains a sought-after eating destination for locals and tourists alike. Chef Michael Broughton’s meticulous approach to his kitchen, coupled with the sublime surroundings of the wine farm, not to mention the fine wines, make for an experience of deep sensory satisfaction. Personal winners on the outstanding menu include a smoked tomato tart with goat’s cheese, garden peas, and a 64° egg yolk, as well as a prawn, corn, and basil risotto with classic sauce Américaine. Terror remains at the top of our list and has rightfully earned its reputation as a paragon of distinguished food-making in South Africa.

Open daily
Kleine Zalze, Die Boord, Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch
021 880 8167

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Idiom Restaurant & Wine Tasting Centre

To cement a gleaming decade of Idiom wine excellence, the Bottega family has unveiled a newly built state of the art Idiom Restaurant & Wine Tasting Centre, set against Sir Lowry’s Pass. The new structure, perched against the mountain, flaunts unique, panoramic views of the Helderberg basin and the full expanse of the Cape Peninsula. As if the world-class wines weren’t enough of a draw, architect Thomas Leach’s dramatic glass and stone-arched structure allows patrons to remain in constant contact with the surrounding natural beauty, while enjoying a fine-dining lunch gazing at the Hottentots Holland mountains and the Lionel Smit sculptures scattered around the property — a true hidden gem.

Open daily
Sir Lowry’s Pass, Knorhoek Estate entrance
021 858 10889

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