An Afro-Asian experience at Indochine, Delaire Graff

A few weeks ago I paid a visit to the spa at Delaire Graff wine estate near Stellenbosch. This was my first visit to the estate and I was blown away by it’s beauty – both natural and created!

After my spa treatment I was spoilt with a lovely lunch at Indochine which quickly became one of my most memorable meals of the year, so when another invite popped into my inbox to visit Indochine again and sample their brand new menu I knew I couldn’t say no!

Indochine is currently one of the very best restaurants in South Africa and Executive Chef Virgil Kahn has been making waves with his incredible Afro-Asian dishes that draw much of their influence from the live fire cooking commonplace in Cambodia, Thailand and Japan!

Having recently returned from an inspirational trip to Southeast Asia the new menu at Indochine is full of exotic influence.

During his three week trip, Kahn was able to spend time working and dining in some of the world’s best restaurants including two fellow Relais & Châteaux properties, Wanakarn, a beautiful beach resort and spa situated north of Phuket and Saint Pierre, a one Michelin star restaurant in Singapore, featured contemporary French fine dining with an Asian flare. However a highlight of his trip was dining at many humble street food stalls where he discovered some of the the Southeast Asian flavours.

His new menu at Indochine Restaurant features food he calls “New Asian” and it is one of artful presentation, layers of intricate texture and beautifully balanced flavours. The menu incorporates innovative combinations of ingredients and the latest food trends.

Our lunch at Indochine was a sensorial sensation…

The signature starter – a new arrival on the menu – brings an original twist to an authentic dish inspired by his time in Bangkok: an escabeche of tuna lightly cured in a ginger-chilli pickling liquid, served with salmon and ginger floss, caviar, caramelised onion, garlic and Thai basil (especially grown in the farms’ biodynamic garden!) This was perfectly paired with a glass of Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2017 and followed by a refreshing sorbet of guava and plum!


“My hosts placed vast importance on the source of their ingredients, fastidiously researching suppliers, even foraging their own, and made the most of each and every part of an ingredient”. – Executive Chef, Virgil Khan, Indochine, Delaire Graff estate.


The main meal on our menu was a woodfired chicken massaman curry served with burned shallots, potato and curry and paired with Delaire Graff’s 2017 Shiraz.

This was followed by a tropical treat in the form of pineapple and coconut dessert comprising of an island style serving of grilled pineapple, mojito sorbet, coconut and malibu foam that was light, refreshing and utterly delicious!

Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff Estate is a magnificent Cape Winelands property, with incredible views, two outstanding restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges and Villa, a destination spa and luxury boutiques plus the most incredible art collection showcasing South Africa’s finest contemporary artists which is worth making a trip for…

In fact, in Indochine itself, you can dine under a swirl of an exceptional art installation by acclaimed South African artists, Lionel Smit and André Stead – Swallows in Flights is a murmuration of over 1 4000 swallows in a palette of deep blue and copper create – an elegant backdrop for your palate at Indochine’s fine-dining food theatre.

Contact Details Indochine Restaurant

Phone: +27 21 885 8160.






Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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