Located in the famous Church Street in Stellenbosch. Oude Werf is the oldest hotel in South Africa, on the site of its first church, built in 1687 and destroyed by fire in 1710. On this ‘old churchyard’ would rise the Cape Dutch-style Wium’s Inn, the two-storey Arcadia and, in the 20th Century, after much rebuilding, Oude Werf Hotel, today owned by the Petousis family and run by its 65-strong team.
The interior of dinner holds just the right amount of elegance with floor to ceiling glass walls revealing the wine stores and busy kitchen, contemporary lighting and views of Stellenbosch’s Church Street.
Curried potato, coriander and yellow lentil pancakes with a macadamia and spice mango chutney.
Beef biltong and oxtail soup with toasted, homemade vetkoek.
Pan fried hake fillet with garden peas and pearl barley risotto.
Pormegrant pork belly with radish, walnut and red onion salad, roasted garlic and lemon dressing.
Homemade gnocci with spicy chorizo and prawns.
Warm berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream
Would I go back for dinner? Absolutely! In fact, I’m already planning another visit later this year. I cannot rave about the food enough and coupled with the contemporary interiors, healthy portion sizes and completely professional but relaxed staff, Dinner seriously impressed me and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a truly wonderful South African gastronomic experience.