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Camphors at Vergelegen

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Fine Dining South African
RRR+

Attributes

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

The Camphors at Vergelegen signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant camphor trees, planted in 1700, situated in front of the historic Homestead. The restaurant overlooks expansive lawns and beautiful trees complementing the overall dining experience and creating an ambiance never to be forgotten. After only a year of operation, Camphors was awarded eighth place in the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa, in The Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2013, as well as being the Regional Winner - Wine Tourism Restaurant - in the 2014 Best of Wine Tourism Awards, Great Wine Capitals. In the Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2015, Camphors received a Top 20 nomination and in the 2016 awards, was again placed in the Top 10. Vergelegen produces classical wine varietals and the ever changing menu reflects a modern take on classical international and local food dishes, specifically designed to complement Vergelegens award-winning wines. The Sommelier and his restaurant team guide diners through the menu and recommended wine selections to ensure a relaxed and memorable food and wine experience. This experience is tailored for both wine and food connoisseurs and everyday visitors alike who want to enjoy an unpressured dining experience. Regrettably, Camphors is not child-friendly. For tables of 8 guests (or more), a reduced option a la carte menu is recommended.

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 (44)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.7
Value 4.5
Service 4.7
Ambience 4.7
  • Mache L. Dined: 3 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 22 Mar 20
    Exceptional!!!!!! We did the full menu tour and it was worth every penny. From the welcoming till we left , BRILLIANT SERVICE. Staff knows their dishes and wines. Chef Mike Cooke and his team,WOW WOW WOW!!!! The plating ,the taste...... exquisite. Thank you for an amazing time. We will definitely recommend Camphors ????

  • Felix P. Dined: 3 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 Mar 20
    Wonderful place, food and service

  • Roelof K. Dined: 4 months ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Patrick L. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Sven P. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • David T. Dined: 5 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 31 Jan 20
    Our favourite again this year, beautiful setting overlooking gardens, peaceful, super attentive service, lovely food and wine - heavenly!

  • Juergen W. Dined: 5 months ago
    4.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 24 Jan 20
    Good food, perfect service. Thank you for this nice evening.

  • Frank D. Dined: 6 months ago
    1.5
    Food 3.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 1.0
    Ambience 1.0
  • Felix P. Dined: 6 months ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 07 Jan 20
    Wonderful place, very good food and service

  • Stephan S. Dined: 6 months ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 15h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 15h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 15h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 15h30
  • Sunday 12h00 - 15h30
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Three course menu @R295 per person

Join us at Camphors Restaurant and enjoy a delicious, 3 course menu for only R295 per person! Enjoy the surroundings, hospitality and flavourful food that Camphors has to offer during your sit down lunch experience. For enquiries regarding our weekly menu and reservations - Email: camphors@veregelegen.co.za or call 021 847 2131 - No Alcohol will be served for sit down lunches - All visitors need to comply with the latest government protocols, announced on the 26th June, to keep everyone safe.

  • 10 Jul - 31 Jul
  • Wed-Sun: 12:00 - 15:00
  • 1 - 6 pax
  • Last confirmed: 9 Jul 2020

Camphors@Home Experience for Two @R595

Our new Camphors@ Home Experience is available for collection. The meal serves 2 people for only R595! You will receive a beautifully presented box with heating instructions so you can enjoy Camphors in the comfort of your own home. For enquiries and orders: Email - camphors@vergelegen.co.za - Wine orders with your meal will be available on Wednesdays & Thursdays. - Only Card payments are accepted. - Orders close at 15:00pm for the next day.

  • 10 Jul - 9 Aug
  • Wed-Sun: 12:00 - 17:00
  • All pax
  • Last confirmed: 9 Jul 2020