You're in serious swooning territory at this wine estate restaurant on the Helshoogste Pass between the Cape's two stalwart Winelands towns, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Take one look at the drop-dead view that spills off the edge of the outdoor terrace and your heart starts doing somersaults. At a glance, the menu is rather unpretentious, presenting a small selection of comfort meals (pulled-stick happy-hog pork, very traditional fish and chips), prepared with great care and using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The slow-braised lamb neck is a greatly satisfying dish, served with roasted eggplant—but do ask about whatever fish is currently available. Delaire Graff is an unrivaled pick for a lingering lunch (when there are also more menu options than at dinner): The look, the positioning, and the food prepared from local produce all inspire lofty superlatives. Over and above the sprawling vine-covered valley carved out from between the craggy, soaring mountains, there's the splendor of Delaire's own grounds, its one-of-a-kind art collection (with some stellar pieces by major South Africans, including William Kentridge, ever the scene-stealer), and an instantly appealing burnt orange interior by David Collins, who did Nobu Berkeley Street and Massimo at The Corinthia. Even the wine cellar, the vast bowels of which you peer into as you approach, is pure industrial-strength eye candy.
Cape Town› Restaurant
Our Rating Neighborhood Cape Winelands Hours Daily noon–2:30pm, Mon–Sat 6:30–9:30pm Transportation From Stellenbosch, take the Helshoogte Pass, and look for the turnoff to the estate on your right Prices Lunch main courses R165–R315, dinner main courses R198–R210 Cuisine Type Modern Cape Cuisine Web site Delaire Graff
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