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Trip Report South Africa, Zandberg Food & Wine

With just a few hours left in Cape Town, I plan one more brief visit to the nearby Stellenbosch wine region. A cellar tour and lunch would be nice before flying back to Johannesburg.

My first stop is at Zandberg Winery and it becomes my only stop.

Impressed with the ambiance and the menu at it's restaurant, I decide to have lunch first then tour the winery afterward. The menu offers so many wonderful options that I am secretly wishing I was a cow with a four chambered stomach.

For starters, The Trio Of Puglia's Mozzarella Pin Wheels is ordered. Traditional mozzarella, grilled vegetables, basil pesto, Italian anchovy, olive tapenade, Parma ham and sun dried tomatoes make taking these wheels for a spin tons of culinary fun.

While waiting for my starters to arrive, slices of a fresh warm sweet bread is served. If this bread is available in the prisons here then I am ready to start serving a life sentence. It is so, so delicious.

Next it is a bowl of Roasted Red Pepper soup that is so flavorful I am already scheming a way to steal the recipe. Who knew a soup and red peppers could be so palette pleasing.

Even before my main course arrives this is turning into a 5-Star dining experience. Zandberg not only offers great food but it also was the first winery to produce a white Merlot in South Africa. This wine makes a nice compliment to my meal and I can already tell one glass of it is not going to be enough.

Angels are singing when my main course, Lamb, Rosemary and Garlic Kofta is presented. Organic pasture lamb, homemade linguine with an olive, anchovy tomato sauce and I am in culinary heaven.

Sing Angels, Sing!

The thought of visiting the winery is long gone as what time I have left in Cape Town needs to be spent enjoying this fabulous meal. Another glass of wine is poured and I kindly beg for more bread even if I commit a fine dining sin in doing so.

With such excellent starters and main courses, I have no doubt that a desert selection would not be just as spectacular. Three different servings of Italian ice cream topped with a peppermint leaf finishes off a perfect lunch time meal.

Just above my table is an autographed wine crate to the owners of Zandberg restaurant that states “To the best little restaurant in the world!”. The signer, Martin Meinert is unknown to me but I would have a hard time disagreeing with his sentiment. If you dine at Zandberg you just might too.


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