A hole-in-one dining experience.
After extensive renovations that began in 2018, Ernie Els’s eponymous 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 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 in the seven mains. We opted for the grilled kingklip (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). The homemade pesto pasta and baked chicken supreme at a nearby table also looked delicious. Dessert is homemade ice cream or sorbet. Sweet and simple!
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Valentine’s Day at Ernie Els Wines
This year, 14 February falls on a Sunday – the perfect opportunity to head into the Winelands with the one(s) you love and enjoy a delectable three-course set lunch, with various options per course. For starters, enjoy a classic beef carpaccio; mains is a choice between pesto pasta and saddleback lamb with fondant potatoes and French green beans, with crème brȗlée or chocolate mousse for dessert.
Wine will not be served with lunch, but there’s a lovely selection of nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy with your meal.
Cost R350 per person
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