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Café Fleur

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Fine Dining South African
RRR+

Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Wine Estate
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Gourmet Guide Plated 2019

Vergelegen plays host to our newest destination pop-up, Café Fleur. A classic French dining experience like no other. Situated beside the historical core and Vergelegen Manor House.

Think French country classic with a menu of authentic, hearty, winter French dishes. Service is super-friendly; let us welcome you this winter, sit in this magical place and absorb the beauty around you.

Gourmet Guide Description

'an authentic expression of place'

Upon entering the estate there is much to catch your eye – more than 300-year-old camphor trees, grazing cows, camellias in winter and roses in summer. The minute you are seated in the cosy dining room or outdoors on the terrace, you’ll see and smell the setting on each plate.

Chef Michael Cooke’s core talent is transforming the ethos and produce of the estate into robust, multi-layered dishes, always incorporating nature. Never one-dimensional, he concentrates on making one or two ingredients shine. Equal to his cuisine is the wine. Expect the unexpected. You may have interesting pairings, starting with the flagship wine, but know that together, each pair will sing. A lot happens in a little dish, like the free-range beef with shiitake mushrooms and sherry – the beef broth custard calls loudly for companionship of a young, red wine.

In winter monotone ingredients up their game with bright hues of citrus. Dishes like the braaied Karoo lamb with sunchoke is served with a bright romesco sauce. Fruits and vegetables play together, like a baked celeriac with apple, chestnut and pine – wiped at table with pine oil and a pine-needle brush. The seared yellowtail with rhubarb, coconut and cucumber is equally impressive. Provenance is constantly demonstrated as is ethical sourcing – the East and West Coast seafood dish with cabbage and butternut is a mix of hake and mussels, delicately balanced in flavour.

Execution seems effortless with front of house and behind the scenes linked by devotion to ensuring that the entire experience is seamless yet unhurried. “A chef is limited by their weakest link – the growth of service and food is down to the growth of individuals. If you see staff are passionate then you invest in them. They must believe in the restaurant, the wine and food with emotional buy-in,” says Michael.

Coffee and tea-flavoured chocolates will tempt you as it’s time to leave.

"We use features and props to support the act and connect the guest with the ingredient." Chef Michael Cooke

Reviews (118)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.6
Value 4.5
Service 4.6
Ambience 4.7
  • Susan S. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 04 Jul 22
    Thank you Michelle for an excellent meal. Service superb. Thank you Noel and Bobby. Most enjoyable

  • Pierre V. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 03 Jul 22
    Great meal and value for money. Well done Chef Michelle and team.

  • Marjolein K. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 27 Jun 22
    Cafe Fleur is excellent!

  • Nicki V. Dined: 1 month ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Chantal K. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Jana D. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Nicki V. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Cilla F. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Nicki V. Dined: 3 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Manfred B. Dined: 3 months ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 15h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 15h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 15h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 23h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 23h00
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A Fathers Day Spoil

A 4 course menu specifically curated to spoil the special fathers in your life at Camphors! - R 650 per person. - The menu consists of two starters, a main course with a side, and a dessert. - You have a choice between two hearty dishes for mains & desserts. - Menu is inclusive of homemade whiskey bons bons at the end of your meal. - The menu excludes any wine or beverages. - Bookings essential. - For information regarding the menu please enquire via camphors@vergelegen.co.za or 021 847 2131. We look forward to celebrating a special Fathers Day with you!

  • Sun, 20 Jun 2021
  • Sunday only: 12:00 - 14:30
  • 1 - 8 pax
  • Last confirmed: 12 Jun 2021