The Dining Room located on Leeu Estates should be a destination in its own right for its sheer power to help you unwind as you indulge in fabulous cuisine, feeling slightly smug as you sip wine and enjoy the mountain views.
Upon arrival (and weather dependent) diners are given the option of dining al fresco where they can sit on white rattan arm chairs sheltered from the sweltering sun by large white sun umbrellas, while gazing at views of sun-dappled vines or they can choose to remain indoors in the elegant dining room with its muted colour palette of taupe chairs complemented by dark wooden tables.
Everything here is pristine from the highly efficient service from the smartly dressed wait staff, who were friendly without being pretentious, to the immaculate décor. There were lovely small touches throughout our dining experience, such as a small stool, which our waiter provided for my handbag upon seating us. Why every restaurant doesn’t provide this for their diners beats me as it’s a simple, yet genius idea.
For my mains, I devoured the pea and parmesan risotto, which was exceptionally creamy and had a nice crunch from the fresh peas. My husband went for the king klip with puy lentils and shredded coconut (a local favourite), which looked amazing, but I can’t bring myself to eat eel!
After we’d finished our meals, we lamented that we didn’t want to leave and I can imagine that they have a very difficult time indeed convincing their guests to go home.
This is the type of place that’s so calming you immediately throw your plans out the window to relax with a chilled glass of vino in hand gazing out over the vines. Hands down, this is a must-visit restaurant if you’re in the Franschoek region.
The Dining Room at Leeu Estates
Our experience overall
Staff attentiveness / friendliness: ★★★★★
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