What better way to enjoy delicious food than overlooking lush sweeping lawns?
Cape town INDOCHINE Helshoogte Rd, Delaire Graaf Estate, Stellenbosch 021 885 8160
Breathtaking wineland views, plus a terrific location, makes Indochine one of Stellenbosch’s most scenic spots. Try the tuna tataki with activated charcoal (R160); chicken, coconut and lime soup (R140); and passion fruit and pineapple posset with roasted fruit (R125).
THE SQUARE 60 Colinton Rd, The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands 021 657 4500
Looking for indoor dining with an outdoor feel? This spot is for you. Here, you can tuck into a four-course à la carte menu (R425): sweet potato gnocchi, bacon-wrapped prawns, braised beef shin and almond sponge pudding with vanilla ice cream.
GREENHOUSE 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Cellars-hohenhort Hotel, Constantia 021 795 6226
This time-honoured eatery is known for it’s awesome vibe, welcoming staff and beautiful vistas. Enjoy the three-course set menu of ostrich tartare, the catch of the day or picanha steak and white chocolate pap with raspberry, pistachio, tarragon and guava (R395).
joburg LA VIE EN ROSE 60 5th Street, Houghton Estate 011 268 6144
This trendy joint offers a menu heavily influenced by Moroccan flavours. Thus making it the perfect place to indulge in hearty food while tucked away in a snug garden setting. We loved the Enchantress (grilled chicken fillet with French onion marmalade, Emmental cheese and Dijon mustard; R112) and the Moroccan Rose (Moroccan-spiced fillet with sweet potato fritters, and date and baby spinach salad; R194).
GIA’S ON MONTROSE 66B South Rd, Morningside 011 326 5074
Gia’s offers a food journey that transports customers from the heart of Sandton to a tranquil countryside. Go for the smoked salmon sandwich (R99) or one of their famous burgers (from R99). Wash it all down with a frozen strawberry daiquiri or long island ice tea (R55 each).
LEAFY GREENS Rocky Ridge Rd, Muldersdrift 010 595 4563
If the gluten-free menu and rustic interiors isn’t enough to tempt you to this gourmet health spot, then the 500m garden walkway will. Try the Mexican protein wrap (R72) with the organic kale salad (R55). Don’t forget to try their vegan strawberry cheesecake (R52) – must-have for dessert.
Durban BLUEBERRY café Nottingham Rd, Netherwood Farm, Midlands 033 266 7132
Grand panoramas of the KZN midlands and a rustic interior make Blueberry Café a mustvisit. We loved the breakfast stack with free-range eggs, spinach and artisanal bread (R80), followed by the ever-popular blueberry cheesecake (R50).
NONNA 1A Igwababa Rd, Makaranga Garden Lodge, Kloof 031 764 6616
Positioned in the rolling hills of Kloof, Nonna is a contemporary style restaurant that spills out onto a covered deck with views of their very own botanical garden. Dig into the tender gourmet burger (R115). Then cool off with a bowl of the triple chocolate mousse (R65).
DELISH SISTERS 1 Old Fort Rd, Umhlali 032 815 0413
Take in the sea views while you indulge in Middle-eastern cuisine, like Za’attar Scrambles (halloumi, spinach, eggs and Za’attar spice; R55). For lunch, the weekly harvest table is laden with fresh, wholesome dishes.