Hg2 : The Hedonist

Overture

Places to eat in Cape Town rarely come without a magnificent view. Yet another amazing location to imbibe in the pleasures of the flesh, this lofty cellar restaurant is located amongst the vineyards that carpet the lower slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountains stretching towards Somerset West, and offers unbelievable value in the wine-paired fixed prix menus. Here, a manly kitchen is run by top-rated chef, Bertus Basson, a workaholic who constantly updates and changes his 10-item-per-day menu to ensure that everything is fresh and nothing gets wasted, and explains the occasional appearance of unusual and little-known cuts on the menu such as blesbok tartar and soy-cured swordfish. It’s possible to enjoy up to an eight-course blowout gastronomic experience, pausing between each one to imbibe one of the most sensational views anywhere in the vicinity of Stellenbosch (although not quite what’s on offer at Delaire Graff; reviewed earlier). Sadly, despite the views, the rigour of the kitchen and the brilliance of what’s on the plate, service can feel a touch rushed and manic-it’s not always easy to enjoy a relaxed meal when your server looks like he’s involved in a gruelling marathon.

Address
Hidden Valley Estate, Annandale Road, outside Stellenbosch,
Winelands
Telephone
+27 21 880 2721
Opening Times
noon-3pm Tues-Sun, 7-9pm Thurs-Fri
Price
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