GREG LANDMAN savours Stellenbosch fare
Beryl well remembers “the old days, darling, when Lanzerac lunch bookings could be made at South Africa House on Trafalgar Square, London. So elegant, so smart.” Of course, since then a lot of things have changed in her life and in Lanzerac’s, so it was with the thrill of strolling down memory lane that we repaired to Lanzerac for a tasting at their fabulous new Tasting Room, and visit their Deli, where you can buy superb breads and charcuterie, and have an excellent meal as well. The space is elegant but rustic, very tasteful, if you will excuse the pun, and the smell of freshly baked bread filling the air is irresistible.
The open or closed sandwiches, very generously portioned, range in price from R45 to R65 and are served on French baguette, light rye, sourdough, seedy wholewheat or ciabatta breads. On these are things like roast sirloin with pickled cucumber relish, Parma ham with fior di latte mozzarella, Tuscan salami with creamy Taleggio, and beetroot-and-orange-cured salmon with herb cream cheese and avocado butter, by far Beryl’s favourite. Friends who were with us ordered two platters, one with a delicious mix of cured and cold meats with breads, sweet dill mustard and pickles (R150) and the other with the homemade pâté of the day, which was duck, served with crusty bread, a selection of pickles and fruit marmalade. Beryl tucked in, saying all the time, “Duck isn’t meat dear, it’s poultry – quite different.” Who can argue with logic like that?
If you would like a picnic, baskets for two containing plenty of goodies and a bottle of Lanzerac’s famous wine (R535) can be ordered in advance. Next time we will try the scones with cream and home-made jam, and the croissants – plain, almond, chocolate or cinnamon. The large muffins with cheese and jam looked delicious but with us, when the spirit is willing, the flesh is oh so weak. – Words and pictures by Greg Landman
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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.