Clos Malverne, The Restaurant

The majestic Simonsberg

The majestic Simonsberg from the Restaurant balcony

Since my first visit to Clos Malverne when I met Seymour and Sophia Pritchard, I fell I love with the place and its wines.

My grandfather built a house up in Devon Valley and from childhood, I had a special feeling when I entered into the valley from the Western end, the same way that the cooling breezes come off False Bay to cool the vineyards down in the summer heat.

Founding Executive  Chef Nadia Louw-Smith in action

Founding Executive Chef Nadia Louw-Smith in action

Going back there yesterday to lunch at the invitation of Nadia Louw-Smith, the founding chef of the restaurant, was another lovely experience in the valley.

Sitting in the restaurant you have what I think is one of the finest views of the Simonsberg from a restaurant stoep. Views across vineyards and orchards ringed with tall dark green cypresses standing like as many soldiers.

We started with a glass of Winemaker Suzanne Coetzee’s Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Brut, zippy and fresh and just the juice to get our palates started.

Here are some images of our delicious dishes, served to us so capably by Brendon, our lovely waiter.

Skewered crunchy prawns with a chilli, coriander & lime mayonnaise & cucumber & mango salsa

Skewered crunchy prawns with a chilli, coriander & lime mayonnaise
& cucumber & mango salsa

Port soaked chicken livers creamy port sauce home baked bread

Port soaked chicken livers
creamy port sauce
home baked bread

These we enjoyed with the Clos Malverne Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

Flame grilled chicken breast forest mushroom, bacon & asparagus risotto truffle jus

Flame grilled chicken breast
forest mushroom, bacon & asparagus risotto
truffle jus

Nadia has just returned from a holiday in Turkey, so I had to try this dish.

Turkish lamb stew Bulgarian yogurt, dried apricots & coriander savoury rice & sambals

Turkish lamb stew
Bulgarian yogurt, dried apricots & coriander savoury rice & sambals

The Clos Malverne Auret 2011, their flagship Cape Blend was a fabulous accompaniment.

We left, replete with a promise to return for dessert another time.

As they say in the Michelin Guide – well worth the detour.

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Ranked #1 of 106 restaurants in Stellenbosch

Certificate of Excellence
2013 Winner
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July 17th, 2014|Categories: Restaurants|Tags: , , |