Durbanville Hills is running a Chef’s Platter special you may be interested in…

by Karisa

The Durbanville Hills Wine Estate has always been a favourite of mine within the Durbanville Wine Valley.  It’s a great spot for taking in the views, chilling in the garden, enjoying some easy-drinking wines and grabbing a bite to eat.  The team at Durvanville Hills are also some of the friendliest, loveliest people you’ll meet and therefore I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot.

I paid them a visit again last week to try out their new Chef’s Platter which has been launched in celebration of the 2016 summer season.  The Chef’s platter which costs R690 for two people, includes a selection of popular dishes from their current menu alongside a few specially created seasonal items which is then paired with a couple of Durbanville Hills wines.

But before we jump into more details, let me first give you a bit of a Durbanville Hills tour (for those who haven’t yet visited this beautiful farm):

Outside they have a more informal dining option at the Olive Grove where you can enjoy a cheese platter under the trees.

Their tasting room boasts some of the best views in the valley.

If the weather’s good, you can also opt to dine outside on the deck.

And then this is their main restaurant…

Which also offers some great views, especially at sunset…

Now let’s get back to that Chef’s Platter experience. Upon arrival you’ll be treated to a glass of Durbanville Hills’ new Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc wine:

Ever so slightly on the sweeter side, but still nice & dry. Really enjoyed this baby…

Oh and the bread deserves an extra special mention, because it’s freakin’ delicious… Tried to stop at just half a piece because I didn’t want to ruin my lunch, but failed miserably…

Then it’s on to the main show.  Some of the dishes included in the platter are:  The chef’s signature homemade chicken, fig, brie and almond sausage served with a tomato and caramelised onion tarte tatin, fishcakes served with avocado and prawn, grilled beef fillet, stuffed pork neck and Moroccan-spiced chicken.

Dax, my dining partner-in-crime, really enjoyed the stuffed pork neck, that beef fillet was beautifully tender, and then I really loved the Moroccan-spiced chicken as well as the side of coleslaw. I usually really hate chicken sausage, but didn’t mind this version and then those little crispy chips deserve a thumbs up too.  I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the lamb spring rolls (found them a bit fatty), and then the fishcake & tomato tart wasn’t really my vibe either.  Then again, it’s tough to put together a selection like this that’s going to suit everyone’s tastes.

The main course is paired with a glass of Rhinofields red (Rhinofields being their reserve range daaahlings).  On the day we were lucky enough to sample both their Rhinofields Pinotage and their Rhinofields Merlot.  Both are beautifully silky reds, but the Pinotage was definitely my favourite.  Their description of the Pinotage says “concentrated black currant aromas with layers of vanilla, cherries, cinnamon, a hint of tobacco and sweet wood spice” – I’m not sure I got all of that, but it was rich and smooth and exactly what you’d want out of a Pinotage.

It’s so much food though, we struggled to finish it all…

Your Chef’s experience is then finished off with a dessert platter paired with a glass of Durbanville Hills Noble Late Harvest.  I’m really not a dessert wine kinda person, but I have to say, out of all the dessert wines I’ve tasted to date, this one remains one of the only ones that I actually do enjoy.

A platter close-up…  As you can see both sweet & cheesy things are included in the dessert platter…

And this time with the wine…

I have to admit, at this point I was already stuffed and only managed to have a few bites, but the ice cream was definitely my favourite item.

To walk off our lunch, we had a bit of a look around. There’s also a little enclosed glass area to the side which I’d definitely recommend you book… because well, just look at this view:

They also have a private table which can be booked for work lunches, etc:

Good to keep in mind right?

So, wanna book your Chef’s Platter experience?  Then take note of the following:

  • The Chef’s platter is available Tue – Sat between 12:00 and 15:00
  • The cost is R690 for two people (including a wine pairing)
  • To book, contact them on 021 558 1300 


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