By Greg Landman
The setting of The Postcard Café on Stark-Conde farm in the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch would be enough to make it a must for anyone with eyes in their head.
Add to this the great food to be had there, the energetic and friendly service, the out of this world setting of the tasting room, the fabulous wines and one has a match made in heaven.
Sitting on the terrace overlooking the spectacular mountains, eating something delicious with amenable company and a glass of something great—what’s not to like, as we say in Sea Point? Owner, Marie Condé, is always on hand making sure the whole thing works like a clock.
The antipasto plate – available in two sizes depending on your appetite — has delicious charcuterie, some excellent cheeses, an artichoke or two, and some tasty mushrooms, all served with crunchy sourdough bread, a perfect way to whet the appetite.
Go on to baked stuffed mushrooms– nice and rich with cheese and crushed cashews, or beef and mushroom lasagne if you are hankering for something more substantial—both intensely delicious.
The deconstructed hamburger without a bun—an often unnecessary adjunct to this dish—served teriyaki style with steamed rice, veggies and potato wedges, is substantial and satisfying.
The lamb curry with rice is in Thai style red curry sauce so it doesn’t overpower the w ine. Talking of wine, there is no BYO but the prize winning wines –especially the reds—of the estate are available at cellar door prices and there are some excellent craft beers.
Finish off with baked cheesecake, one of the best in this town. Oh, and if you don’t do a wine tasting in their Japanese style, willow bedecked island tasting room you will be missing what could be a great moment in your life.
Phone: 021 861 7703
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.