Every Saturday night until 23 September, Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville is serving up a Swiss cheese fondue at only R400 for two people. We visited them on a clear and seriously chilly winter’s evening, the ideal weather for some comfort food.
First off, the Diemersdal Eatery is a perfect escape from the cold weather, with a cosy and inviting interior. I’ve visited them a couple of times for lunch – an equally charming experience – but this was my first time settling in for dinner. The intimate space is decorated with mismatched wooden furniture and oriental carpets on the raw concrete floors. This combined with the soft, warm lighting creates a sense of country hospitality meets upmarket sophistication.
Their Saturday Night Fondue, which will run until 23 September, serves up a portion of Swiss cheese fondue with homemade bread, sausages, vegetables and a crisp garden salad, as well as a glass of Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner per person.
As always, Chef Martin de Kock has created something special. Our platter was piled with three types of sausages, roasted onions, tempura spring onions, baby corn and crispy kale. A stroke of genius was the addition of plump caper berries, which help to cut through the rich cheese and refresh your palette. I also loved the pairing with the Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner, a sweeter style of white wine that complimented the fondue but also helped to cleanse your palette as you went along.
The serving was more than generous for two people without being wasteful and at the end we were perfectly satisfied. While there, you can also finish your meal with some dessert from the a la carte menu (I can highly recommend it) and perhaps a sweet sip of Noble Late Harvest.
Dates: 9,16 and 23 September
Cost: R400 for two people including the fondue and a glass of Grüner Veltliner per person.
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