By Greg Landman
The buzz on everybody’s lips is Bosjes Kombuis near Ceres. The reasons for this are many. First of all there is the innovative architecture, clean and modern, with the chapel getting many an ooh and aah from brides to be.
Then there is the delightfully light dining area and excellent accommodation for those overnight stays when getting back to wherever is just too much. The original and historic 18th Century Dutch farmhouse has been brought brillliantly up to date without losing any of its charm. The views are fabulous all round and the wide open skies are most beguiling.
The kitchen is under the sure and fuss free hand of celebrity chef Pete Goffe Wood, a no nonsense kind of guy. The day to day culinary map is in the capable hands of executive chef Kim Cox who hails from Spier, Boschendal and the Bacon Bar at Le Quartier Francais. Expect familiar old favourites such as fresh salmon trout fishcakes with an avocado salad, and a great grass fed beef burger topped with camembert, caramelised onions and bacon. The lamb cutlets with tabbouleh and fresh cucumber raita is a knockout dish to please the most fastidious of carnivores.
Kim is a dab hand at homemade ice-creams such as chocolate brownie, vanilla, and coffee and makes a delicious almond panna cotta with poached pear and shortbread. There is a tempting kiddies’ menu and a perfect place for them to play featuring electric blue klipspringer buck statues. So when the call of getting out and about gets to you, fire up the old motor and get out to Ceres.
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.