Ernie Els Wines Restaurant: For a Sleek + Sophisticated Winelands Lunch

Ernie Els Wines Restaurant: For a Sleek + Sophisticated Winelands Lunch Images: Charles Russell

A hole-in-one dining experience.

After extensive renovations that began in 2018, Ernie Els Wines’ culinary offering was unveiled in September 2020 on a view-drenched wine estate in one of the most coveted corners of this fertile valley. Striking architecture and contemporary interiors create an air of sophistication, while warm service and an accessible menu make for a laidback lunch in the country.

Ernie Els Wines Restaurant Stellenbosch

Easy eats

Ernie Els Restaurant Menu

Ernie Els famously earned the nickname “The Big Easy” thanks to his lanky stature and effortless swing, which chef Saskia Nel (previously Leeu Collection in Franschhoek) has echoed in her concise menu of classics. Fresh, farm ingredients and live-fire cooking take centre stage on each plate. We opted for the grilled linefish (beautifully prepared and simply presented, with a choice of hand-cut chips or Mediterranean vegetables) and the fillet medallions (grilled to perfection and served with irresistible rough-cut potato chips). Dessert is homemade ice cream or sorbet. Sweet and simple! 

On the kids’ menu, you’ll find two popular favourites: mac-and-cheese or fish fingers and chips. Plus, there are cheese and charcuterie boards for the not-so-peckish. 

Naturally, the food is complemented by a selection of delicious estate wine.  

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Winter specialities

Ernie Els Restaurant Winter Menu

For winter, chef Saskia has introduced five delicious winter-warming dishes: French onion soup, topped with a slice of cheese-covered ciabatta (which goes beautifully with a glass of Big Easy Red Blend); Thai fish cakes; a vegetarian burger; sundried tomato pasta; and prawn-and-pea pasta with Parmesan and cream. It doesn’t get more comforting than that. 

Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm
Contact details 021 881 3588,
Address Ernie Els Wines, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

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