The busy road and the swathes of invasive alien trees that need to be chopped down give absolutely no indication of the gem that lies beyond the entrance to Vergenoegd wine farm. Pomegranate, formerly located in Johannesburg, is run by chef Mike Israel, who is known for his fresh, contemporary cuisine. You'll be hard-pressed to concentrate on the menu—the views are fantastic and the historic manor house wonderfully restored. Luckily, the menu is dead simple. Mike has
gone for the less-is-more approach and simply lists fish, lamb, game, poultry, and vegetarian. This gives him plenty of scope to play with the fresh ingredients he has available. You could start with the famous Pomegranate tomato tart or opt for the beetroot carpaccio starter with goat cheese. There are field mushrooms served with rosemary and Gorgonzola in a poppy-seed crepe. Mains come with Mike's classic, flavor-filled sauces. The wine list is clever and has an excellent selection of good wines divided into three price categories, the cheapest cheekily referred to as Bank Managers Choice.
Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Baden Powell Dr. (R310), off the N2, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa