A few months ago I received an e-mail from a local (Elaine) asking what I would recommend for a lunch in the greater Cape Town region that would offer: great food, local prices, a great view and something that would be a memorable lunch for all of them. I sent Elaine a few ideas and was delighted when she sent me the most wonderful feedback on how they enjoyed their lunch at the Long Table Restaurant on Haskell Estate. So today this blog is not mine – it is a tribute to Elaine and her mates and gives you their feedback on how they enjoyed their lunch!
As promised, please find attached the photos of our experience at the Long Table Restaurant as per your suggestion:
Wow, the experience was amazing. As you did promise, the venue had amazing views, the menu was incredible and I was wondering if you had any hand in organising the superb weather.
The two women I was with have eaten at some of the better restaurants in and around Cape Town, but they really enjoyed the Long Table, so much so that all 3 of us will be recommending it to anyone who will listen. I was very relieved as it fell squarely on my shoulders to chose a suitable venue.
We each had a three course meal. Every course was sublime. For me, who originally hails from the Free State, I loved the creativity of the meals and nothing was too ‘volksvreemd’for me. The difficulty for all three of us was what to chose.
For starters we had:
- The Carpaccio
- The Salmon
- The Prosciutto-this is what I had and it was the best starter in my humble opinion.
For mains we had:
- Free range duck breast
- Greek lamb
- Long table beef burger
We could not decide who had the best main course.
For deserts we had:
- Pecan nut praline cheesecake
- Trio of lemon-this was the best desert
- White chocolate, almond & raspberry cake : cinnamon white chocolate brulee, crushed berry mascarpone
It is definitely a place that we will return to. It was one of those unexpected experiences that will remain as a fond memory forever.
Pam’s feedback on the Long Table:
This is indeed the perfect spot for a summer’s day as you can sit right next to the vines outside. It is the type of place that you can arrive at 12h00 and leave in the late afternoon. They offer beautifully plated food, dishes that are uncomplicated that will suit all of your friends tastes from those that prefer a burger through to those who love oxtail. It works for a group of mates, people with kids (there is a play area and lots of space to run around) and for those planning a romantic lunch. Best of all the
menu offers great value for money!
From a wine point of view – they are located on a wine estate – as such you have a choice of two ranges of wines – the reasonably priced Dombeya and the top end award winning Haskell range. What we really enjoyed is that the estate also imports New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As locals we rarely get to try out foreign wines – so this was a real treat!
This restaurant is located in a superb wine area – make sure you combine your lunch with a tasting at Rust en Vrede (next door) and Ernie Els Wines (just around the corner).
Click here for their website. Tel no 021- 881 3746 / 021-881-3895 Location: Haskell Wine Estate (just off Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch.)
Breakfast: 8.30am – 11am, Tuesday to Sunday
Lunch: 12 noon – 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Dinner: 4pm – 9pm, Friday (reservations essential)