Restaurant week: Buitenverwachting

 

2 nights ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Buitenverwachting restaurant, 4 stars and all, for dinner.

I had been looking forward to what this restaurant has to offer, it has been named the most popular and most reviewed for restaurant week. And I brought my crew; my family, one of my good friends and her parents.

The findability

The map from their website was easy to follow, but don’t follow the GPS! It got us lost, again. Navigating through the dark small roads wasn’t a lot of fun either, they could use some road lighting and better directions when you’re actually inside the Buitenverwachting wine estate.

The location/venue

It is overlooking the vineyards and the Constantiaberg mountains. It’s a pity we couldn’t appreciate this view in the dark. The decor and table settings look simply elegant.

The drinks

The wine
The wine

There’s wine pairings with our meals or you can choose your own wine if you wish. They actually make their own wines, and most of the offerings are from their soils. Quite impressive.

The food

There’s a choice of 2 or 3 course meal. We opt for 2.

Before our starters, we get offered 3 kinds of bread and spreads,. And salmon trout with chili salsa and yoghurt mousse, which was so delicious. This was actually my best food for the night.

Salmon trout with red chili salsa and yoghurt mousse
Salmon trout with red chili salsa and yoghurt mousse

Starters: 2 of us had the seared tri-tip steak, which was beef consumme with beets and horseradish. The verdict: messy presentation, tough meat and overwhelming horseradish( couldn’t really taste anything else). Another 2 had, pan-fried chicken with quinoa- tabbouleh salad, consensus: Ok. Nothing to get excited about and someone even says, it’s no better than chicken from Pick ‘n Pay supermarket. But only one of us decided on the creamy kohlrabi soup and apparently the highlight of his evening. So inconsistencies thus far.

Seared tri-tip steak with horseradish
Seared tri-tip steak with horseradish
Chicken
Chicken
Soup
Soup

In between starters and mains we get a nice palate cleanser, orange sorbet.

Orange sorbet
Orange sorbet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mains: We went for Chicken curry, which was deemed ok; Beef roulade with mustard sauce – tough, chewy meat with no steak knives offered but good presentation; Grilled pork cutlet with apple cider sauce – super overcooked, dry, inconsistencies between plates and too sweet but the beets were nice, which is pretty much all I had for my mains.

Pork cutlet with lot of un-edibles
Pork cutlet with lot of un-edibles
Chicken curry
Chicken curry
Beef roulade with mustard sauce
Beef roulade with mustard sauce

 

The wine pairings were so much better than the food. I’d go back for the wine!

I can appreciate the effort with presentation but once the eyes get excited the stomach grumbles and you have to then satisfy the taste buds. If the tastes buds aren’t happy, the whole system collapses.

The service

Average; we had to wait for starters to get our wine. The waiter could not remember who ordered what and therefore which wines to give to who. Not very visible when you needed her.

The overall feel

The ambience was one of the best parts of the evening, it was fully booked and the place just exudes class. The feel was good but overall experience was ruined by the food.

Findability: 6/10

The location/venue- 6/10 Because we couldn’t appreciate it in the darkness.

The drinks- 9/10

The food- Starters average = 5/10.  Mains= 5/10

As much as the in between meals, appetiser/palate cleanser, were nice; the table thought this came across as trying too hard. A restaurant of this stature should not need to do this. Their food should do the talking, not the bells and whistles. Everyone walked away underwhelmed.

The service = 6/10

The overall experience/ ambience = 7/10

TOTAL = 44/70   Average = 6,3/10

My experience of restaurant week, quickly going downhill with 2 flops in one day.

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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