Words and photography by Greg Landman
Vrede en Lust, a famous wine farm, is situated at Simondium on the way to Franschhoek.
It is a haven of peace and quiet and would be more aptly entitled Vrede en Rus –Peace and Quiet—if things had been different.
While the wine-tasting is perfect and overlooks the famous vineyards with the mountains in the distance, the restaurant has charms aplenty.
For a start it, is the home of a superb bakery with plenty of goodies to take home, especially the marvellous breads, which have never heard of Banting. The preserves and cheese also make fabulous takeaways.
However, if you are hell bent on eating then and there, try and get there in time for a generous breakfast of smoked salmon Florentine or eggs Benedict (where did it get that name?) or go for the health option, which includes yoghurt panna cotta with fresh fruit.
Lunch sees the appearance of things like peri peri chicken livers, Thai fish cakes, and delicious free range chicken Prego rolls.
Something more substantial would be a Chalmar beef sirloin done to perfection with a creamy brandy mustard sauce—magnificent—or Norwegian salmon with a pineapple salsa and an apricot cous cous salad.
Wines to match are suggested on the menu or show your independent side and choose your own.
Finish off with fabulous crème brûlée. Service is great, the setting is unrivalled and the bread is, well, see for yourself.
Vrede en Lust Bakery and Bistro is situated on the corner of the R45 and Klapmuts Road, Simondium.
Phone: 021 874 1611
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.