Set amid the heady opulence of the Grande Roche hotel, this elegant restaurant ranks as one of the country's finest. The level of service is extraordinary, commensurate with that of the finest European restaurants. Michelin-trained executive chef Roland Gorgosilich gives classic international cuisine an innovative spin. Once you overcome the hurdle of which menu to choose—tasting (six to eight dishes), three- or four-course set menu, or à la carte—you start with a complimentary amuse-bouche. A first course of low-roasted baby beets with goat cheese, rye bread crackers, and herb salad could precede a main course of oven-roasted beef fillet with baby cabbage, pearl onions, mashed potato, and oxtail nuggets. The dessert menu is confidently concise; expect a lavish panna cotta, parfait, or cheesecake with opulent trimmings. If you're looking to go big, try the four-course set menu, with sorbet, for R520. Oenophiles will delight in the restaurant's wine list, which runs over many pages and has garnered awards of its own.
Grande Roche, Plantasie St., Paarl, 7646, South Africa