What 16 people say about The Restaurant at Grande Provence
The food was outstanding. We were allowed to choose only two courses which was not stipulated on the booking site and for future reference it this should be clear but the experience was memorable. There was a private function on the lawns the night we attended and I think diners should be made aware of this beforehand however the food was superb so we will be back!
We sat outside under the trees on a beautiful sunny day, we were able to choose any two courses from the restaurant's normal menu and everything was simply divine! Will definitely visit this restaurant again next year!
Having lunch at Grande Provence was a lovely experience. The service was impeccable and very friendly, the food delicious and imaginative and the ambiance of the restaurant amid the surrounding mountains and winelands beautiful.
What a poor show at Grande Provence--my husband and I live locally and wanted to try this restaurant. The gardens and sculptures are beautiful and that's where it ended. We spoke to three other tables who all experienced shoddy slack service. Our bread arrived after the main course- the next table's never arrived! W...
What a poor show at Grande Provence--my husband and I live locally and wanted to try this restaurant. The gardens and sculptures are beautiful and that's where it ended. We spoke to three other tables who all experienced shoddy slack service. Our bread arrived after the main course- the next table's never arrived! We choose the Springbok which was totally unmemorable my husband had the Bavarois desert---totally bland and I had the Chocolate symphony which was also unmemorable. All in all an extremely disappointing evening-- at times it was like Fawlty Towers very funny with incorrect orders being trundled out and frantically waved back to the kitchen, one lady stood up draped the serviette over her arm and proceeded to pour her own wine with staff totally oblivious to her actions. The cherry on top was as we left we struck up a conversation with the couple who poured their own wine and what we heard horrified us! They came from Cape Town to spend the weekend at Grande Provence to celebrate their anniversary. They paid an astronomical amount for the weekend which was supposed to include on the friday night a chef's table---they looked forward to a really fine dining experience--instead they were treated to a chop and boerewors braai! On saturday afternoon they had a packed picnic---no napkins no service etc. And then off course it was finished off saturday night by this abysmal dinner and service---and all this as said paid for extremely dearly. Oh yes I forgot there were also 2 tables who got up and left ---they obviously saw the light long before we did. How sad ---such a beautiful venue and so disappointing--I'm afraid I cannot recommend Grande Provence to anyone!
We had been eagerly looking forward to our dinner at Grande Provence for a few weeks, having downloaded the menu from the Dining City website and poured over it ahead of time. We had our selections all lined up. BUT, when we arrived we were disappointed to find that we were only getting 2 courses instead of the 3 pr...
We had been eagerly looking forward to our dinner at Grande Provence for a few weeks, having downloaded the menu from the Dining City website and poured over it ahead of time. We had our selections all lined up. BUT, when we arrived we were disappointed to find that we were only getting 2 courses instead of the 3 promised on the website: "we are the only participating restaurant offering 2 courses for dinner instead of 3", we were told in no uncertain terms. So we sacrificed our starter course for dessert-- only to find that our favourite choice - the chocolate option (of course!) - was not available (out of a total of 3 choices), as it had been sold out at lunchtime. There were only 4 other tables for dinner. I don't think this is top practice in such a highly rated restaurant. However, we must say that the food that we did have was excellent, as was the wine, and the service associated with the meal was good, but not special. So we would recommend it, but not as part of Restaurant Week.
About The Restaurant at Grande Provence
While the 18th Century Manor House and The Owner’s Cottage reflect their Huguenot heritage, The Restaurant and wine-tasting area of Grande Provence project a chic industrial presence.
Steel joinery, galvanised metals and skylights distinguish this design approach. Interior Designer Virginia Fisher explains, “In essence, Grande Provence is an estate of senses, providing guests with a full working farm experience, with spaces to be used and spaces to be admired, and these expanses of space allow us to do that. The two design styles are harmonised by a complementary palette, but time separates them.”
High-backed chairs upholstered in white leather draw the eye to the centre of the deep blue-grey Restaurant, while deep, slotted windows frame the picturesque view from the interior. The menus exude culinary excellence, with the signature dishes of The Restaurant hitting all the right notes – honest, fresh and delicious. Prepared from local fare and flavoured with global influences both modern and classical, the cuisine is characterised by a philosophy of innovation through passion and simplicity.
Leading off The Restaurant is the welcoming wine-tasting area. The bar dominates the centre of the room - striking in galvanised steel with black strapping. A touch of fun is evident with the tractor seat bar stools, while a fireplace and upholstered chairs soften the perimeter of the room, inviting guests to sit back and savor every sip.