i live under a rock

We visit Clos Malverne

Stellenbosch is one of my favourite places. Anywhere you go around Stellies, as the locals affectionately call it, you'll be treated to beautiful scenery. Not only that, but we have some of the best vineyards in the world just a few km's away from Cape Town.

Elle and I stumbled upon Clos Malverne this past Sunday. We actually decided on a lunch get together with some friends and decided to randomly head to Brenaissance after hearing great things about the vineyard. Alas. They were fully booked.

We were super bummed, but thought this is Stellies, there must be awesome places just down the road. My friend Gavin decided to consult the Google and we found the closest vineyard was Clos Malverne. We thought this must be fate and headed straight there.

The Restaurant

Clos Malverne is an old family owned vineyard with a day spa and a world class restaurant. We were super lucky to get a table, and in the deck area too, which was beautiful! Upon arrival. You'll be treated to complimentary Brut sparkling white wine, which is just awesome!

The restaurant is not massive, and feels nice and intimate, the restaurant is wrapped with glass and you're treated to some of the best views in Devon Vallery, Stellenbosch.

The Food

Clos Malverne has a limited menu, which is exactly what I like. Quality over quantity. They offer a 4 course wine pairing menu for R298, and includes 1 glass of wine with each meal. One of the best value for money tasting menus I've seen. Elle went for this option and everything was just amazing! I tried some of her food, and the seared salmon started was awesome. The curry she went for as her main option was very good too!

There's also an ala carte menu available, I decided to go for the beef fillet steak with potato, bacon and bone marrow jus. Probably one of the best fillet steaks I've had.

The Wine

We got to try about 4 wines, and they were all really great. They have some interesting dessert wines as well.

The Service

The service is just super! From the minute we walked in, to the moment we walked out, with bellies full. It was just an awesome, relaxed lunch. I'm so glad we stumbled upon this little gem in the heart of the Devon Vallery.

Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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