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Cassia at Nitida

Cassia at Nitida
There is something really appealing about getting into the country and here in the Cape we are spoiled for choice. Greg Landman recommends Cassia at Nitida in Durbanville as one of his favourite spots…

My personal preference is “by the sea,” but I do admit that the mountains of the Cape are spectacular. One of the areas one tends to forget about as we pack the car for yet another trip to Franschhoek, Stellenbosch or wherever is Durbanville. Right on our doorstep, so one can get home after a splendid lunch and still have time for a little siesta before drinkies in the evening—so civilised.

One of my favourites here is Cassia at Nitida, the wine farm Bernhard Veller calls home. Here we can sit in splendour on the deck at the edge of a small farm pond and watch the water plume shoot up spectacularly while drinking the fabulous Nitida wines and eating the food of Chef/Owner Warren Swaffield.

Behind the boerewors curtain, there are generous flavours and portions in abundance. The distant mountains shimmer in the heat, almost a mirage when the days are cooking hot.

Try the beetroot and gin cured salmon trout gravadlax with tomato and caper salsa or the pea and chorizo risotto for starters, and then go on to their man size burger with all the trimmings, including bacon and mozzarella, a knockout.

The deconstructed Springbok shank in puff pastry and the green Thai chicken curry have their devotees, but for my money the unbeatable main is the excellent beef fillet with roast sweet potato– done to perfection—with a spoon of English mustard to help it all along—of course.

The baked cheesecake is the way to go for pud, but there are other delights if you just cannot have another one of those.

Phone: 021 976 0640

Words and Pictures: Greg Landman

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