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The Melting Pot lives on

Pool room lunches in Elgin surrounded by trees and agapanthus

Hidden in a forest-like setting, is the modest restaurant The Melting Pot, close to the Elgin Railway Market in the Elgin Valley. It's in this fairytale setting, overlooking a large garden with agapanthus and hydrangea macrophylla, (you might even spot a peacock), that you get to  flavour-packed foods from around the world.


The Melting Pot is on an estate in Elgin and is covered with hanging trees and is set by a pool and garden. Image: The Melting Pot

EXPERIENCE A SLICE OF ELGIN

The Melting Pot, which used to operate in Wale Street, Cape Town (by Honest Chocolate), moved to Elgin in 2020, which is the better spot for a romantic lunch, a family day out (it's pet friendly too).


The restaurant started as a popup at Oak Valley Estate in 2020. It is now open every Wednesday to Sunday. Image: Lara van Zyl

YOU’LL BE CHARMED BY THE OUTDOOR SETTING

The Melting Pot, on the Oak Valley Estate, which stretches over 1 300 hectares, is snuggled between hanging trees, a large garden (perfect for kiddies + doggos) and a pool. There are three seating options: A cosy indoor area with a wine tasting bar and view of the pool, tables outside by the poolside or picnic-like seating in the garden. 


The restaurant has a fairytale setting and is ideal for cosy romantic lunches or picnics. Image: Lara van Zyl

ORDER ONE OF EVERYTHING

You can order snacks, small plates and desserts off the menu inspired by international cuisine. From Tom Kha to vegetarian sliders, potstickers and mussels, the menu is full of treats. There are 7 small plate options to choose from as a main. Be bold and order the “one of everything” special and dig into all 7 plates. It’s meant to be shared, so you don’t miss out on any of the flavours. 


The small plates range in price. Image: The Melting Pot

HAVE A PICNIC OR STROLL THROUGH THE GARDEN

The restaurant flows into a large garden, perfect for picnics. There is seating available (big tables or lounge chairs) or you can bring your own blanket for a picnic under the trees. After your meal, stroll through the garden filled with agapanthus and hydrangea macrophylla, where you can sometimes spot a peacock, too. 


The restaurant has a beautiful outside area that stretches to a large garden. Image: The Melting Pot

JOIN IN FOR GLOBAL FOOD FRIDAYS

The first Friday night of each month, the restaurant hosts a “Global Food Friday”, when the  menu has an international culinary theme: Thai, Greek, Mexican, Indian or Italian. The dinner series began in June 2021 and is still taking place. The dinners are R360 per person and start at 6pm. Bookings are essential. 

 
 
 
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HOW TO GET THERE

  • Drive on the N2 towards Hermanus
  • Turn left at the Peregrine Farm Stall onto Oudeberg Road
  • Turn right onto the R321
  • Turn right onto Oak Avenue towards the Elgin Railway Market
  • Continue down Oak Avenue until you find Oak Valley Estate (You will see the sign)
  • Drive straight until you find the parking lot
     

OPENING HOURS + CONTACT DETAILS

Location: 127 Oak Avenue | Oak Valley Estate | Elgin | Grabouw

Opening hours: Wed-Sun: 12pm-4pm; Every first Friday of the month: 6pm-10pm

Deposit: R150; book here.

Price: Menu ranges from R25-R195; one of everything R670; Global Food Friday R360

Contact details: 021 859 4111 | Website | meltingpot@oak-valley.co.za | Instagram

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By Lara van Zyl

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