Towerbosch Restaurant

Towerbosch restaurant – taste the enchantment

Restaurant:
Wed - Sun | Lunch
Bookings Essential
 
+27 (0)21 865 2627
Knorhoek Wine Farm | Knorhoek Road | off R44 | Koelenhof | Stellenbosch
www.knorhoek.co.za
towerbosch@knorhoek.co.za
Knorhoek
Knorhoek Wines

Towerbosch restaurant – taste the enchantment

Gourmet farm food in Stellenbosch for your seven stomachs (or is it 8?)

I'm under a spell. It's been a week, and the delicate taste of traditional Smoorsnoek is still swimming in my mouth. On top of it, the Sauvignon blanc from forty year old vines is still singing through my head. No, I didn't drink too much, that was last time. This time, I visited Towerbosch restaurant. Nestled against the backdrop of the magical Knorhoek farm, against the magnificent Simonsberg mountains, Towerbosch is tasteful and tasty, but most of all, it is enchanting.

It all began with a long and winding road – no wait, scrap that.

How did I find my way into this fairytale?  Along a rather short, very civilised tar road, six kilometres outside of Stellenbosch central, actually. I followed the R44 into wine land, took a right onto the Knorhoek road and followed it until the end. At the entrance, the wand is waved and the enchantment begins.

Knorhoek is an active farm. You can go there for a weekend away or a work conference, taste the fruits of its labours in its red and white wines and, since September 2009, in its dedicated restaurant.

Open your eyes, you are not imagining things. ..are you?

Towerbosch is a magician's nest housed in a semi-renovated house tucked into a corner of a beautifully kept valley. Its definitive decorations and rustic chic weave a spellbinding combination of modern luxury and time-honoured taste. Think bright, white detail against dense thatch. Walk through the strip glass doors into an open-plan room with a large, open fireplace. It's a room that invites celebration, whether the large loveliness of a wedding, or the close comfort of a quiet dinner. (and the venue is popular for functions, catered or not).  

A home inside a home

Take a few minutes to browse the bookshelf in the dedicated mini-library in the corner (that's actually the kitchen entrance). The floor is filled with tables of different sizes, and whilst utterly homely, the building is intrinsically artistic. The bespoke 'chandeliers' spanning the light fittings all along the invisible ceiling are made from whitened twigs from the farm and hung with antique crockery. Equally elegant and eclectic, the tables are dressed in an assortment of silverware and mixed china sourced from the ancestors and relatives. The effect is pretty yet stately, hardly needing additional decoration for any occasion and as unique as the individually selected chairs. Its menu is just as individual. 

Simple, sophisticated, delicious – Towerbosch is a mouthful

Specialising in unabashedly delicious 'salt and pepper' cuisine for lunch (and on request for larger parties at night), Towerbosch combines the tasty of the traditional and the simplicity of the modern. Towerbosch's chef, Westley Muller treated us to a selection of the whole menu (usually it's a la carte, and on Sundays, there's an open braai next to the pool, popular with families). Starting with a freshly baked, home-recipe bread that has put pre-sliced bread asunder forever; we were delighted to find out that the preserves like homemade tomato jam are available for purchase.

The Smoorsnoek starter (R75) had an unusual onion pickle. This traditional recipe goes well with a few squeezes of fresh lemon to harmonise the pickle. The Pantère 2005 is an undemanding red blend that went very nicely with the slow roast shoulder of lamb; it fell of the bone, the Pantère fell off my tongue and I nearly fell off my chair at all this delicacy. Since I'm mature about these things, I elegantly got back on it and found the aged sirloin (R95) full flavoured and delicious.

Far be it for Towerbosch to enchant only the carnivorous. The vegetable accompaniments were as special as the meaty mains. I loved the sweetened pumpkin, stared at the bright, mashed carrot before eating it apologetically (it nearly shouted Holland! at me and wanted to be in a stadium somewhere, except it has much too much taste), nibbled the crispy French fried wedges quite contentedly. I didn't have room for the homemade chicken pie, let alone desserts. And boy do they lay it on thick here – Brulée Sago pudding (R35), preserved guavas with homemade custard (R35), poached quinces with vanilla custard (R35), a wine lands cheese platter (SQ). Say no more, just make room for more. What was that about cows having seven stomachs? I want to be a cow. Sorry; I told you I was under a spell. Let's get back to reality.

Re-entering the world outside, I realised that the modern farm hospitality we felt here is much more than magic. It's built on the passion and vision of people who love the way they live, live the way they want to, and want to share it with you. And if I didn't say it before, best I say it now.

Once Upon a time, in a corner of a great, grape farm called Knorhoek, was a wonderful little building where you could eat wonderful heaps of food. And no, the ginger bread house has nothing on Towerbosch! Pass the bread, please.

Towerbosch Restaurant is open
Sundays to Mondays
12:00 - 15:00
and can be booked evenings for larger groups.
(closed Tuesdays)

---

Experience authentic Italian wines and prosecco at this two-day Italian Festival

In South Africa, there is more than one kind of magic. ever wondered about ubuntu,a proudly south African approach? How about that unofficial national instrument, the vuvuzela? And it's not only the Harleys that roar around here, meet the wild ones of the inner city, The Vesperados. The magic deson't stop – the South African Bafana Bafana soccer captain entered the record books.

Cape Town Events Calendar
October 2019
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

statements_5Fugard Classic “Statements” ...

Catch this stellar performance about forbidden love

VaseWhat Could Be Prettier Than A Room Full ...

An exhibition full of flowers in vases created by Cape Town’s top ceramicists

a4_arts_foundationZanele Muholi Wants You To See The ...

And it’s free at the A4 Arts Foundation

Land_RewovenSee This Fascinating Interpretation of ...

Artist MJ Lourens pairs his modern landscapes with Pierneef’s, plus there’s cheese ...

gindulge1Get To Know Your Gins At This Mid-week ...

Make your October Wednesdays about food trucks, kids activities, desserts and gin at ...

gallivanting_gooseTeambuilding Activities You’ll ...

15 teambuilding activities and why they work

rodan_kane_hartRodan Kane Hart: Making the Most of ...

An expansive gallery and pristine outdoor landscape showcase a free exhibition by a young ...

William_Kentridge_2A Monumental Exhibition To Open At The ...

The iconic South African artist’s largest exhibition in Africa in over a decade

tjing_momjii_3Next-Level Dining At Tjing Tjing Momiji

Take your taste buds on a tour of Japan

blowfish_new_7R99 Calamari and Prawns Combo Every ...

And drink in the view of Table Mountain across the bay

cape_quarter_01Catch These Weekly Deals at Cape Quarter

From R18 coffee to half-price burgers

rotterdam_restaurantFarm Stay Special: Romantic Weekend Away

Idyllic Swellendam farm accommodation with a special game drive and picnic amongst the ...

durbanville_childrens_homeIt’s A Treasure Hunt At A R2 Book Sale

Find old gems, childhood classics, best sellers and out-of-print books.

Kinky BootsSmash-Hit Kinky Boots Extended To 2020 ...

With music by Cyndi Lauper, several Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award

fpl_5Get Moving in Functional Training Class

Improve your fitness, strength and overall functionality with the Functional Performance ...

ac_marriott_musicHappy Hour and Live Music Every ...

Get a discount on drinks and tapas before local musicians step up to entertain you

aroundaboutnew1Get a Free Stay in Scarborough With ...

Just use the promo code when booking a 4X4 and camping equipment

sundoo2019_4South-Indian Tapas and Thalis For a ...

Vegan options, halaal-friendly, casual but beautifully decorated: Sundoo South Indian ...

the41_music3Romantic Beach Vibe and Live Music At ...

Live Thursdays: Come in your slops to this chic Camps Bay spot for great food and live ...

OX Seals 04Smile: You Get 10% Off Seal Snorkelling ...

Up close with wild Cape fur seals in small, intimate excursions that are super special, ...

sgtpepper152-for-1 Burger or Pizza Deal At Sgt ...

A reason to eat out: Get a free pizza on Tuesdays and a free burger on Thursdays at this ...

cartelcafe6Lunch Sorted: A Midweek Buffet At The ...

Fill up your plate and tuck into a tasty lunch spread every Wednesday and Thursday: From ...

Barrs7Common Summer Ailments And Their ...

What most people ask about sunscreen, hay fever, runny tummy, malaria meds and ...

asamisLove Sushi? Asami's Has The Best ...

Get two sushi plates, pay for one, plus women also get 50% off on all cocktails on ...

galileo_kirstGet Comfy at Kirstenbosch Movie Nights ...

Great films, fabulous scenery, delicious food and cosy seats – look forward to a night ...

house of h2 For 1 New Corona Cocktails on the ...

All-new whiskey-Corona mixes, Corona mojitos for after-work drinks during two-hour ...

Coco Safar Dinner NEW 2Indulge In Dinner and Dessert At Coco ...

And now they have added couture alcoholic cocktails to the menu at this all-day cafe

Waterworld Strand Waterpark Cape TownFree Putt-Putt Special at Waterworld ...

False Bay’s finest family fun zone is offering a complimentary game of mini golf with ...

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

pepperclubPepper Club Hotel Movie and Dinner

Movies and Dinner – the perfect couple…

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips