At Portfolio we believe in spoiling yourself without any reason and what better way to do this than with a few of our favourite things, namely fabulous food, wonderous wine and a stay in a gorgeous getaway?
Read on to discover 7 great gourmet getaways around South Africa...
The owner of Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is also the chef. Richard Poynton’s love affair with food is evident in every detail, from his home-grown herbs and vegetables to the bags of flavor that he infuses into every dish.
Your taste buds will be tantalised with country creations like flame seared, Angus beef in a port and pepper jus, served with steamed asparagus, Lyonnaise potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding stuffed with onion marmalade.
Breakfasts and dinner are so sumptuous that lunch usually isn’t required, but if you’re peckish you can snack on trays laden with cheeses, bread, biscuits, fresh scones and the best chocolate cake in Zululand.
2. Garden Route
Overlooking the Wilderness lagoon, Serendipity really does inspire a serene state of mind.
Living in a world of information overload, it is amazing to visit a restaurant where the chef, Lizelle, dreams up imaginative new menus daily – think butternut crumpet of yellowtail, Springbok medallions or warm pear soup accompanied by a pear wine from Solms Delta.
The perfectly paired wines turn the outstanding food into a memorable experience as Rudolf guides diners through the experience with knowledge, humour and a uniquely South African manner. A true foodie find by any standard.
3. Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal
Hartford House, located on a magnificent stud farm in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, is the mothership of fine dining experiences. As one of Eat Out’s top 10 restaurants for as long as the list has been running, you can expect an culinary assault on the senses that you will wish would never end.
Expect outlandish flavours that shouldn’t work but do – pineapple with duck, scallops with mojito and cauliflower based dessert. This is a culinary bucket list option that every foodie must tick. If you love Masterchef, you need to eat here.
Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge epitomizes the local is lekker (aka "awesome") trend, but with a twist – owners Oliver and Tanja are Austrian, so they pepper their Continental and Mediterranean inspired menu with traditional Austrian treats like apfelstrudel, alongside South African masterpieces like kudu and Amarula pie.
It may sound like a cultural boiling pot, but in fact it creates an exciting and unpredictable dining experience. If accolades are your deciding factor, you will appreciate their consistent Top 100 rating SA by Wine Magazine for the last 6 years.
De Hoek Country House lies in a serene country setting in the Magaliesburg area. Known and loved for its excellent cuisine and personalised service, De Hoek’s Swiss-trained chef, Michael Holenstein and his team, create 5 course gourmet dinners that combine new food trends with creative interpretations of classic French and Mediterranean dishes.
Only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients are used to create beautifully presented dishes and the pastries, bread and cakes are baked fresh every day. Be sure to enjoy a leisurely lunch on the lawn under the trees if the sun is shining.
This is a consistently award-winning fine dining restaurant which is well worth a visit.
6. Western Cape
Bartholomeus Klip is the kind of place that you eat at once and then spend many subsequent dinner parties rehashing the experience to all your friends - it’s just that good.The setting for dinner is the conservatory, complete with log fire in winter, and the decadent 4 course set menu changes on a daily basis.
The 10am post game drive brunch is hugely popular and a satisfying change from crack of dawn breakfasts. High tea is a smorgasbord of cakes, pastries and savoury wraps for those without the proverbial sweet tooth. Not suitable for guests on a diet.
7. Cape Town
Situated in the leafy surrounds of outlying Cape Town suburb Constantia, Glen Avon has both quiet, relaxing accommodation and a food mantra to perk up even the weariest of travellers.
Start your day with raspberry juice and fresh ricotta before ordering your hot breakfast. For dinner savour typically adventurous South African dishes with kudu or game fish.
Base yourself at Glen Avon and explore the other delectable delights that Cape Town has to offer for a true gourmet getaway.
We hope we've got your mouth watering with this line up and that you'll be spoiling yourself with a Gourmet Getaway soon.