Winchester Mansions is a poster child of a bygone era – from the gabled façade and heavy wooden revolving doors to the crisp, clean interior. It should come as no surprise, then, that this is where the well-to-do come for a bit of decadent delights.
With starters that include prawn ravioli with a brandy-infused shellfish bisque; mains feature the likes of fish amandine (dill- and almond-crusted), accompanied by smoked salmon and chive soufflé, and beef Rossini served with potato and root rösti with onion marmalade…. need we say more?
But wait, there is more. A Sunday ritual for many Capetonians, Brunch and live jazz can be enjoyed every Sunday from 11 to 2 at the Winchester Mansions Harveys Restaurant. Upon arrival at the Mansions, you’ll receive a complimentary Sunday Newspaper to catch up on Cape Town’s weekly happenings, as well as a glass of bubbly to start off the morning!
If you need some breakfast inspiration, try these two delicious options, served at Petits Fours Delicatessen; a Gypsy Omelette or Croque Monsieur.
As you take your first bite, you will notice how the Gypsy Omelettes hickory ham, taleggio cheese and rocket pesto combine perfectly in this light and fluffy dish, and you will soon realise that the name is deceiving. Heaven in each bite! This is until you taste another amazing hickory ham combo, in the Croque Monsier. The lightly toasted white bread, filled with a slice of hickory ham, Dijon mustard and Gruyere cheese, is astonishing in itself, but when topped with a Bechamel sauce and baked until its bubbly, you will then experience breakfast nirvana.
For those with a sweeter persuasion, the famous Chocolate cheesecake, drizzled with a salted butter caramel, or their red velvet brownie will be right up your alley!
The owners at Petits Fours will tell you that indulgence is a form of art, and they invite their guest to sit back and indulge in their enthralling combination of superb food, and imported décor.
Superb seafood and gorgeous sea views, On the Rocks is the place to be for a dining experience to remember. Set right at the water’s edge, this popular venue offers stunning sea views while diners tuck into sumptuous eats.
The ambiance, food, service and the view will appeal to all your taste buds and your senses. You have to try the Game Fish.. This sesame crusted game fish cooked to perfection comes served with crisp Asian vegetables, stir fry noodles and a pickled ginger soy dressing… Yum! For those meat lovers out there, you will not be disappointed! The most tender of Beef Fillets, topped with a Chorizo Brandy sauce, served with orange buttered Hasselback Potato, is one of the most sumptuous mains on the menu.
They even have delectable treats for our Veggie lovers – one of the firm favourites is the Wild Mushroom and truffle Risotto. The Wild Mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine, folded together with Risotto served with a dash of white Truffle oil topped with Pecorino shavings and crisp Rocket, is simply out of this world.
The owners of “Ons Huisie” have restored this illustrious heritage capturing the atmosphere of the fisherman’s cottage as it was. Shut your eyes, hear the waves, savour the smell of the sea, and let your imagination transport you to that harsh and simple, yet beautiful and fulfilling era when the shiny bodies of the fish filled the nets.
The Strandloopers Mussel Pot was divine! This dish came in its own little black pot, and the mussels were smothered in a creamy smoked tomato sauce, served with freshly made rooster bread! Yum!
Charlie’s Oxtail is a hearty dish, perfect for the Winter chills.. Slow cooked in a red wine and Rosemary jus, served with fresh vegetables and rice, was cooked to perfection! The ideal way to end off this hearty meal must be with Cape Brandy Pudding.
This traditional dessert, with tantalising layers of bread, raisins and apricot jam, smothered in warm homemade custard, took me back to my Grandmother’s kitchen.
Whether you sit on the stoep, or under the pergola next to the river, the experience and food is well worth it. Situated on the picturesque Weltevreden Estate, Lekke Neh restaurant – and the food it serves – reflects the honesty, integrity and pureness of its historical setting.
The Small Bay Basket is a delicious treat; crumbed prawns, deep fried calamari, and the smoked snoek samoosas (you have to try these!!) are sensational. Another that you have to experience for yourself is Sir Baird Pasta. Penne pasta, tossed with the tenderest of chicken strips and sautéed mushrooms, in a decadently creamy béchamel sauce, is truly a divine dish.
The kiddies menu at Lekke Neh has the coolest of meal names… your little ones can tuck into a “Gone Surfing” burger and chips, “Just Chilling” chicken strips and chips, or a “Sun Dance” creamy penne pasta with ham; there is something for everyone at this child friendly establishment.
After all is said and done, I am quite sure that you can agree that “Yum’s” the word of the day!