Sometimes I feel like a hearty Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, but without the piles of dishes and hours standing in front of the stove. That’s why I let Eat @ Perdeberg take all the brunt work out of Sunday lunch work, which left me with more time to sample their collection of wines…
In 2005, Perdeberg Wines entered the bottled wine market and they soon earned their stripes in the local and international awards arena.
Zebras have always been synonymous with Perdeberg. The magnificent Paardeberg mountain range is named in honour of the wild zebra and quagga that used to roam the area. In the early days, these beautiful animals used to wander freely through their vineyards.
They’ve always had a deep respect for the land and put a lot of effort into conserving endangered flora and fauna. So, it’s only fitting that one of the region’s most legendary indigenous creatures should find its way into our hearts and onto their wine label (http://perdeberg.co.za/).
Opening their doors just before winter in April 2019, a relaxed eatery at Perdeberg Wines seems like the most natural addition to their current offerings. With the huge success and draw of Perdeberg’s beautiful tasting room and pairing options, the adjacent 40-seater à la carte restaurant is a great idea all round. Add the additional outside seating, a safe play-park area for the kiddies and expansive gardens and an outing to Perdeberg becomes a celebrated family affair.
The Tall Hedonist and I were generously invited to tuck into lunch at Eat @ Perdeberg, followed by a wine tasting next door. Suitably hungry for something wholesome and suitably thirsty to taste new wines, we chose to meander out into the winelands on an icy Sunday afternoon.
We arrived just before 1pm and swiftly found our way to the massive double doors of the restaurant. We found Eat @ Perdeberg tucked into the corner of the stately Perdeberg Wines building, adjacent to the tasting room. I’ve not seen any hints on social media as to how the interior looks, but I was hoping for something casual and relaxed.
As we swung open the door, a warm wave of chattering, companionable clanging of kitchen utensils, bouts of laughter and smells of country cooking wafted out to greet us. The unassuming, humble little restaurant was completely packed!
We were met by Nicky, who’s big smile and easy manner echoed the ambience of the restaurant. She showed us to a little table on the far side of the restaurant, from where we had a view across the full floor. Even at maximum capacity, the tables were spaciously arranged with plenty of room to maneuver around.
I immediately loved the dark, natural elements of the venue. Perdeberg’s signature burgundy red, black and white accents, coupled with modern metal installations, were in stunning contrast with the dark face brick walls and touches of wood that gave the room a warm, intimate feel.
Sunday lunch at its best
Our lunch started off with bobotie spring rolls and glasses of their Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc whilst we eyed over the menu. Although the menu seems small with only a handful of starter, main and dessert options, it has been thoughtfully put together to cater for all tastes and makes use of seasonal, fresh ingredients. The menu was also crafted to compliment their range of wines, which you can purchase in the restaurant to enjoy with your meal , either per bottle or per glass. Further, they offer an impressive range of beverages, including hot drinks, milkshakes, soft drinks and beers.
Eat @ Perdeberg serves an à la carte menu from Wednesday through Sunday, when they also offer a plated traditional lunch.
The bobotie spring rolls were perfection; paired with the fruity, tropical notes of the wine, they were deliciously more-ish. Hot, fragrant and crispy, these set the mood for our lunch and we happily sat back to enjoy the cheerful feel of Eat @ Perdeberg.
For mains, I ordered the venison and dried fruit pie (springbok) and The Tall Hedonist opted for the crumbed pork chops. And boy, did we get all the trimmings!
Our lunch arrived, plates brimming with smooth parmesan mash and loads of bright veggies. I even got a side order of cheesy cauli-broc! Now, sometimes you feel like eating dainty morsels whilst playing a guessing game as to their contents, and other days you want a hearty meal that settles straight into your heart. A Sunday lunch for me is supposed to be the latter. We tucked in without any hesitation. The venison pie was exquisite – tender meat in a tangy, fruity sauce, filled with rich flavours. Tim’s crumbed pork chops were succulent, crispy and seasoned to perfection.
The prices across the menu were spot-on, and the portions generous. The food kept coming out of the kitchen at a good rate, considering how full the restaurant was. The staff were friendly, efficient and completely at ease in their surroundings. Two of their famous braai picnic baskets passed right under my nose and let me tell you, those look super indulgent! Hop onto their social media for images of the braai picnic basket, and also to book those in advance.
(Editor’s note: just to whet your appetites even more, the braai picnic basket contains: lamb loin chops, chicken and pepper kebabs, skilpadjies, potato salad, roosterkoeke with figs and camembert and cappuccino tarts for dessert. Perfect to share between two, for only R360).
Saving our dessert stomachs for our tasting next door, we reluctantly got up to leave the comfy confines of the restaurant after a couple of hours. Did someone say marshmallows…?
Wine and marshmallow pairing
A quick pop-in next door and we settled in their stunning tasting room for the long awaited wine and marshmallow pairing. Here’s what we got:
The Vineyard Collection Pinot Noir MCC and rosewater marshmallow
Perdeberg Sparkling Rosé and raspberry marshmallow
The Vineyard Collection Grenache Blanc and lime marshmallow
The Vineyard Collection Cinsault and cherry marshmallow
Perdeberg Chenin Blanc Reserve Natural Sweet and honeycomb marshmallow
A very interesting pairing, and apparently back by popular demand. There are only a few things in life that is more indulgent that home-made marshmallows and I think the pairing is tantalisingly unique and fluffily light – a perfect ending to a meal, with the opportunity to taste more of their wines in a relaxed and friendly environment.
I was particularly impressed with their Grenache Blanc and Cinsault – and their respective pairings. A few bottles of each might have jumped into my boot afterwards…
A normal wine tasting is R30 for five wines, and you can book the marshmallow pairing (R80) and other food options by calling the tasting room in advance.
A lovely Sunday lunch spent in sterling company. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, but craving proper, hearty food, take a drive out to Perdeberg Wines and enjoy all it has to offer. Spend some leisurely hours there and be absorbed into wholesome hospitality and excellent food and wine. Turn Sundays into the family days they were meant to be, without the hassle of entertaining and cooking. Or any day, for that matter! I can’t wait to pack up the family and head out to Eat @ Perdeberg again – that venison pie is worth the drive!
Second photographer: The Tall Hedonist, aka Timothy P. Gibson
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