Winter in the Winelands has so much to offer – fresh air, fireside fun and delicious dining. It’s the perfect time to indulge in delicious food and wine without worrying about the repercussions!! I take full advantage of the fact that a few extra layers can be hidden beneath a few extra layers by enjoying incredible food and delicious wine at every opportunity. A visit to fine-dining restaurant, Terroir at Kleine Zalze Wine Estate near Stellenbosch, proved to be the perfect afternoon of indulgence.
We arrived for Sunday lunch at Terroir on a bright, yet crisp wintery winelands day to sample the Winter Special Menu. While the sun dappled terrace was an inviting option, we chose to head indoors to escape the nip in the air and absorb the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.” – Edith Sitwell
While myself and the kids settled into our secluded table next to the window, my husband was lured to the wine cellar across the courtyard, eager to sample some of the Kleine Zalze wines he heard so much about.
Terroir Winter Special Menu
The Winter Special Menu at Terroir is all about slowing down and savouring comfort food. Yes please!
While previous years have seen chef Michael Broughton and his team dream up a stand-alone winter menu separate from the à la carte offering, this year the focus is on encouraging locals and visitors to indulge in the true Terroir experience by offering a taste of the full à la carte menu at an extremely pocket-friendly price.
We were welcomed with the most delicious bread board I’ve received in a while! Three different types of breads, babaganoush, olives and butter set the standard for an incredible afternoon of flavours.
Then it was time to order our meal. For just R295p/p you can enjoy a choice of two dishes (starter/main or main/dessert) from the French-inspired chalkboard menu. A a chef’s choice of four courses is available for R450 p/p. Both options include a glass of Kleine Zalze’s award-winning wines.
For starters my husband ordered the canelloni of squidwith shitake mushrooms, oyster veloute and herb oil which was delicate and delicious.
Myself and my son, #FoodieBen, opted for the prawn risotto with sauce Americane and it proved to be a taste sensation and the envy of the other orderers! This dish alone made the drive to Stellenbosch worth it!
My daughter (aged 8) was a bit put off by the menu – things like beef cheeks don’t usually inspired kiddies, but while she was away from the table bemoaning the fact that there were no hamburgers on offer, I ordered her the beef cheeks starter anyway (neglecting to tell her what it was!) On arrival in front of her she reluctantly tasted it, and then finished the whole plate!!! Only afterwards did I reveal the key ingredient, but she didn’t seem to mind as it had obviously been very enjoyable.
As a fine-dining restaurant, Terroir, isn’t usually the place for families, but my kids are good travellers and diners. It helps that they are now of an age where they will sit quietly as a table and read (yes, it happens, eventually!) As I mentioned we had a few menu work arounds for my 8-year-old, but my 11-year-old is a foodie at heart and stomach so he took great delight in trying all of the dishes that came to our table!
For mains my son and I ordered alike again, opting for rib-eye of beef with butternut terrine, burnt butter and hollandaise foam. My husband chose the duck breast with roasted kohlrabi and rhubarb jus with carrot crumble. We ordered a side dish of pumpkin fritters to share amongst us. All dishes were of an incredible standard and we relished every mouthful.
Having opted for the 4 course special for the adults, dessert was next. Usually one might not have room for another course when paired with wines, but we had only enjoyed 1 glass each, and we needed to sample the full Winter Special Menu so made room!
I opted for the souffle of passionfruit, banana and lime, drizzled with coconut caramel as it had swept past my table earlier in the afternoon and seemed a sensation! My husband went for the le kitkat served with mascarpone ice cream. In retrospect I should have stuck to my “always chocolate” mantra when it came to ordering dessert as I got serious order envy on this one. Fortunately he loves me enough to share (just a small taste, mind!) The kids were not up for skipping dessert (obviously), so we ordered them each a bowl of three scoops of sorbet and had great fun deciding which flavour was our favourite – the winner? The green one (we think it was apple on the day!)
Our meal at Terroir was a truly memorable experience and the perfect way to spend a special Sunday together. Be sure to make a booking for your next special ocassion or just for a Sunday treat.
Contact Terroir at Kleine Zalze Wine Estate
Tel: 021 880 8167
E-mail [email protected]
Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Terroir is open for lunch from Tuesdays to Sundays from 12:00 – 14:30 and for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 18:30 – 21:00.
The Winter Special Menu is available until 30 September.
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