With the girls enjoying some time away with their grandparents, Chantelle and I turned our attention to sourcing a nice (if a tad late) Sunday lunch. While our first two choices of destination didn’t pan out due to capacity (obviously we still avoid places with lots of people during this time of the COVID pandemic), our third stop luckily did, and so it was that we found ourselves driving up the farm lane and on to Avontuur Estate, home of fine wines and fast horses (as they so succinctly put it on their own homepage).
Like so many of the other estates in the increasingly visitor friendly Cape Winelands area, Avontuur offers wine tastings and self-guided estate walks, hosts events and weddings, features a top quality restaurant, and maybe just to be a little different, serves as an actual champion race horse stud farm. All very interesting of course, but to be fair, we were there for lunch.
The restaurant at the estate is quite popular (especially so on a Sunday afternoon), but luckily for us our relatively late arrival meant only a short wait in a comfortable armchair before an outdoor table opened up, which is exactly what we were looking for anyway. Arming ourselves with a bottle of Avontuur Sauvignon Blanc, we set about tucking into the most delicious of mains, Nasi Goreng with pork fillet, egg and banana peanut sauce, and Pork rib eye with honey Grappa apples and mustard sauce – followed up with coffee and a delectable baked dessert.
Despite the gusty breeze that was keeping things interesting around the table, lunch was a great success, especially given the beautiful Stellenbosch surroundings. It’s truly a pity then that I didn’t have more time to just stroll a little about the estate (it was pretty much closing time for them), but that said, I guess that just gives us more to look forward to come the next time we head out on a little… avontuur.