GlenWood’s Rendezvous Bistro offers relaxed lunchtime dining with a view

Lunch under the old oak trees!

GlenWood is a very special place, the brochure says. It goes on: Located in the little-known valley of Robertsvlei, a few kilometres from Franschhoek, this wine farm is surrounded by aspects of outstanding natural beauty. I couldn’t agree more.

In November 2015 GlenWood opened the doors to its Rendezvous Bistro where visitors can enjoy “light, original and imaginative cuisine” while taking in the beauty and pleasures of the secluded valley and the surrounding hills and mountains.

Located next to the winery, the Rendezvous Bistro offers seating for 40 people in an intimate setting at tables either inside or outside.

Good food, good wine and an amazing view! Can lunch get any better?

On my recent visit to this boutique wine estate, I was privileged to enjoy GlenWood’s fine wines and excellent cuisine on the outside terrace under the huge oak trees with the general manager and winemaker, DP Burger.

A more relaxing and enjoyable lunchtime experience you’d be hard-pressed to find. We started the feast with fresh bread rolls accompanied by butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I then decided on the Stuffed baby calamari, rocket salad and smoked paprika aioli (R95) as a starter (left), which was accompanied by GlenWood’s magnificent Grand Duc Chardonnay 2013. Both the food and the wine hit the sweet spot, the dish with its lovely texture, juiciness and complementing flavours and the wine … well, that Grand Duc is just superb!

Although not cheap, the dish consisted of an ample portion that could quite easily act as a main course as well. The prices of the starters - which include smoke trout, beef carpaccio, fritters with halloumi, chicken liver and a summer salad – vary from R70 tot R95.

For my main dish, I decided on Roasted lamb, 3 ways of onions, skilpadjie, mint powder and a GlenWood merlot jus (R190). This was accompanied by another GlenWood favourite of mine, their 2013 Merlot/Shiraz (right). Although this dish was also quite pricey, it was more proof that Rendezvous Bistro’s chef knows her way around the pots and pans in a kitchen! Rich, flavourful, juicy, and a joy with that red blend.

Other mains include Slow roasted pork belly (R170), Confit duck and duck liver pressed terrine (R185) and Grilled line fish (R180), while there’s also a Junior Menu priced between R50 and R65.

Desserts, which I skipped as the two courses were more than enough to please my rather large appetite, were Apple tart terrine with Amarula ice cream (R75) and Belgian white chocolate sweetie pie with raspberry jelly and fresh raspberries (R75), while a Local cheese board for two at R180 was also on the menu.

Although the Cape winelands have a tremendous diversity in excellent wines, they also boast an equally impressive diversity in eateries, and GlenWood’s Rendezvous Bistro certainly deserves a visit over lunch. I’ll definitely be back, this time to share the experience with my wife … and later again with friends!

To book, call 021 876 2044 or send an email to Don’t wait, do it now!