Restaurant Week 2015 Launch at Durbanville Hills

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a blogger’s lunch at Durbanville Hills Restaurant, hosted by the Restaurant Week Team. I am completely ashamed to say that I had never been to visit Durbanville Hills Wine Estate before, and it makes me sad because it really is an absolutely beautiful spot. We started off the afternoon with a welcome glass of wine (I mean wine not), and then we were given a tour of the their wine cellar.

Welcome drinks at  Durbanville Hill Wine Estate  for Restaurant Week 2015 Launch

Welcome drinks at Durbanville Hill Wine Estate for Restaurant Week 2015 Launch

Durbanville Hills is 17 years old, and they reckon they are known as the world’s biggest boutique cellar. When you consider the fact that they produce 6 million litres of wine at the end of a harvest, I tend to back their statement.

The Cellars at Durbanville Hills

The Cellar at Durbanville Hills

Now that you have seen where we were, I need to explain to you how delicious the food was. We were treated to Durbanville Hills’ Restaurant Week Menu for 2015. Considering that they were one of the best performing restaurants last year, and received an honorary mention for best experience, the foodie in me was doing a happy dance from the minute I saw the menu.

Restaurant Week  Launch at Durbanville Hills

Restaurant Week Launch at Durbanville Hills

This year they are keeping the food lighter, with fewer starches and they’re placing the focus on maintaining the good flavour of the food.
For starters we had canadian scallops and prawn, served simply with no sauce. They are both very hard to find and delicately delicious.

Pan Seared Canadian Scallops and Prawn on onion confit

Pan Seared Canadian Scallops and Prawn on onion confit at Durbanville Hills

Pan Seared Canadian Scallops and Prawn on onion confit at Durbanville Hills

Pan Seared Canadian Scallops and Prawn on onion confit at Durbanville Hills

For mains there was a choice between fillet, line fish, moroccan chicken and a vegetarian pie. I went for the line fish – we had angelfish which is on the green list, which made it even better in my opinion. The fish was light, flavourful and completely more-ish.

Line Fish with herb butter served on a bed of green beans and courgettes

Line Fish with herb butter served on a bed of green beans and courgettes

Namibian Free Range Fillet with biltong and truffle jus

Namibian Free Range Fillet with biltong and truffle jus

For dessert I had a gluten-free (yusss) orange polenta cake and it was actually just perfection on a plate.

Gluten Free Orange and Polenta Cake

Gluten Free Orange and Polenta Cake

Now that I’ve got you all drooling, I think I should explain a little bit about what Restaurant Week actually is. Restaurant Week is an international concept that has been in SA for 3 years now. From the 22 October – 1 November you will be able to experience some of Cape Town, Pretoria and Joburg’s top restaurants and their signature dishes for a solidly decent price. You can either have a 2 course menu for R95 or 3 courses for R175. You book in advance for an evening (or 4) of foodie delight through the Restaurant Week Website, which officially opens on the 1st of October.

Dessert of the Gods - there's a red wine jelly in there.

Dessert of the Gods – there’s a red wine jelly in there.

BUT WAIT… There’s more!
Aside from completely spoiling me with a gorgeous lunch, stellar view and great company, Restaurant Week has also given me access to a unique code and landing page on their site which will allow you, dear reader, to book from today – the 28th of September. This gives you 3 WHOLE DAYS more than other foodies – and we all now how much of a treat that is when it comes to bagging the best food πŸ˜‰

Welcome drinks at  Durbanville Hill Wine Estate  for Restaurant Week 2015 Launch

Welcome drinks at Durbanville Hill Wine Estate for Restaurant Week 2015 Launch

If you would like to make a booking (and you really should be doing this) you just have to follow this link and use my Twitter Handle as the code – I’ll save you the time of going to find it (because I don’t play games when it comes to food) and just tell you that it’s ‘DOMPIE‘. Now, go forth, book a delicious treat and know that for every booking you make using my code – R5 will be donated to Street Smart.

Durbanville Hills in association with Street Smart Charity

Durbanville Hills in association with Street Smart Charity

A huge thank you to Restaurant Week for this opportunity, and to Durbanville Hills for an exceptionally beautiful lunch.

Welcome drinks at  Durbanville Hill Wine Estate  for Restaurant Week 2015 Launch

Welcome drinks at Durbanville Hill Wine Estate for Restaurant Week 2015 Launch

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