Restaurant Review: Kleine Zalze Restaurant

After months of eating at home it was a sublime pleasure to head out to the winelands of Stellenbosch to enjoy a lunch of tapas and award-winning wines at Kleine Zalze.

The recently reopened Kleine Zalze Restaurant (previously Terroir) now offers open-air dining on their terrace which is the perfect place to sample their new tapas offering.

This space allows for a more integrated food and wine experience  as it links the wine tasting area with the original restaurant space and is a great option for outdoor dining during the summer months.

Well-known and respected chef, Nic van Wyk, has been brought in to lead and assist the team as culinary consultant.

“My approach has always been about being honest, authentic and generous in my cooking. That is what we offer at the Kleine Zalze Restaurant. Not necessarily fine dining but certainly top-quality delicious food.” – Nic van Wyk

My husband and I relished a quiet afternoon in this serene space recently where we opted to sample the small plate tapas menu (although there is a Plat du Jour option available too)

The tapas collection of delicious dishes has been inspired by classic cuisine, perfectly pitched for a lighter meal, to allow for sharing with your dining partner or to complement a wine tasting.

We found choosing which dishes to try challenging as they all sounded incredible, but ultimately ended up with 8 small plates from across the Cold and Warm menu. Our waitress then expertly suggested wines to pair with each course and we worked our way through a tasting of the Platter 5 star award-winning Kleine Zalze Chenin Blancs.

From the Cold menu we selected the raw beef, horseradish, onion and walnut, the octopus salsa verde, roast eggplant with goat’s cheese and the raw big eye tuna.

When it came to the Warm selection we went for calamari with curry and avo, prawn arancini balls, a fired mushroom “sosatie”, beer fillet with basil and sirloin with black garlic and mushroom.

For a sweet treat we opted for the vanilla panna cotta with guava and yoghurt and the Valrhona 66% with yeast, banana and sourdough ice cream. Delectable!

Kleine Zalze Restaurant’s menu evolves with the seasons. Prices for the tapas menu range from R40 to R95, although the majority range between R55 and R70 each. The Plat du Jour goes for R245pp including a glass of Kleine Zalze wine.

Both the restaurant and wine tasting centre put enormous effort into staff training to ensure strict compliance with all of the latest Covid-19 hygiene protocols.


Opening times:

Plat du Jour: 11h30 – 16h00
Tapas: 11h30 – 18h00

Plat du Jour: 11h30 – 16h00
Tapas: 11h30 – 18h00

Plat du Jour: 11h30 – 16h00, 18h00 – 21h00
Tapas: 11h30 – 21h00

Plat du Jour: 11h30 – 16h00, 18h00 – 21h00
Tapas: 11h30 – 21h00

Plat du Jour: 11h30 – 15h00
Tapas: 11h30 – 16h00

Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Phone: +27 (21) 880 8167

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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