Winter lunch? Try the Italian Tapas at Terra Del Capo, Franschhoek

It looks like we are in for a wet, chilly winter (touch wood), which means we’ll all be looking for those perfectly cozy indoor spots where we can laze away the weekends. We recently popped in for lunch at Terra Del Capo Antipasti Bar on Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate, and I was pleased to find all the creature comforts to counter the moody weather outside. And with a hearty new tapas menu packed with Italian classics, as well as plenty of delicious wines, we left smiling.

To ease into things we kicked off the afternoon with a Shiraz and Charcuterie pairing where three wines from the Anthonij Rupert collection are teamed up with a selection of cured meats. You’ll get to try the premium Anthonij Rupert Syrah, the site-specific Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Shiraz, and the easy-drinking Protea Shiraz. It’s a delicious pairing and just the thing to spark an appetite for lunch. 

For lunch we moved down to the restaurant area, which is snug, intimate and causally sophisticated. The menu has a really nice selection of tapas to choose from, with plenty of vegetarian choices as well as seafood and meat. The idea, of course, is to order a few small plates and share them across the table, which is pretty much my favourite way to eat.

From the vegetarian options, you have to try the Grilled Artichokes, served with a Sultana Chutney. I also highly recommend the Franschhoek Trout Ceviche salad with gooseberries, honey, lime and ginger. On the meat side, definitely go for the Potato Gnocci, which was beautifully silky, or the Homemade Salsiccia Sausages served on Cannellini beans. Oh, and don’t skip the Venison Tartare, it is fantastic. Or the the Terrine with Quince Preserve – so good!

The nice thing is, the prices are pretty decent so you can splash out on a few options. Prices range from R48 to R75 and the portions are decent.

As for the sweet stuff, they change it frequently but I will say that you absolutely have to order anything with ice-cream. Or rather, order ice-cream with everything. The chef does this thing with cream and Amaretto that delivers the smoothest consistency I’ve ever experienced.

As for wine, there really is no bad choice. I am personally a big fan of the Parel Vallei Merlot, or indulge in the Optima – it’s fat and full and everything you want on a cold afternoon.

The Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday (lunch only) and, as the estate operates on a ‘By Appointment Only’ basis, pre-booking is essential. For reservations, contact 021 874 9074 or email tasting@rupertwines.com.

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