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The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal Durbanville

The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal Durbanville

Six generations of Louws have been lucky enough to be at Diemersdal since 1885.

Words and images by Greg Landman

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Gables galore greet one as you drive up but the wide open skies and fields tell you at once that you are not in Stellenbosch. This is the beginning of the West Coast and the siren’s call is to “loosen up” with no better place to do it than at their excellent restaurant which they call “The Eatery.” Chef Martin De Kock’s cooking draws from many cultures, French, Asian, and Italian among them.

No frills and fancies here, just food that is delicious to eat and looks great on the plate. The restaurant is in a converted barn and is cosy and welcoming. If the weather is good, one can eat outside while you drink in all that country ambience.

The Tapas board at R185 is great value and offers a range of flavours that beautifully complement each other, just enough to keep one interested without becoming overindulged. On the platter you will find fried gnudi—a kind of cheese dumpling–, with charred corn and parmesan, irresistible pea and  truffle soup, teriyaki pork belly and carrot purée, lamb tataki with smoked aioli, seared swordfish with a herb crust, and warm beetroot salad with fried goats’ cheese, as well as a tangy granadilla and ice cream pud.

They are all deliciously enticing. The farm bread is superb and the wines of Diemersdal make an excellent foil for this kind of cooking. Thea la carte menu features things like roasted bone marrow with toasted sourdough and creamed porcini mushrooms, and superb Chalmar sirloin steak with triple cooked chips, sauce béarnaise, and roast onions, a carnivore’s delight. Service is smooth and friendly in the country manner. So get into the country and indulge your inner person, you will love it.

Closed Mondays. No dogs allowed.

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