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Cavalli Restaurant

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Bistro Contemporary Fine Dining
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Attributes

  • Outdoor Seating
  • Great Views
  • Fireplace
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Gourmet Guide Plated 2019

Cavallis Everyday Gourmet menu is all about celebrating real food that nourishes and excites. Putting a contemporary, inventive spin on classic dishes, we grow our own seasonal herbs and have many vegetable varieties grown from seed and cuttings. As the first Green-star rated restaurant in South Africa, we treasure the beauty of our natural heritage. We simply believe in eating delicious, fresh, whole foods prepared in a way that honours the seasons. We want our food to be the kind that people enjoy not just once but again and again, the type of food that people come back for.

Gourmet Guide Description

'from soil to soul' 'Cavalli' means horses in Italian. In South African culinary terms, it means excellence. Settle yourself in dappled sunshine on the deck with arresting views of the dam, paddocks and Helderberg mountain range. In winter the contemporary, minimalist décor indoors does not compete for eye-time with the seamlessly efficient open kitchen. Here it is all about the excellent cuisine. It is a joy to witness the team at play, and to meet the fledglings as they take turns to serve and introduce the dishes, proudly and confidently, at your table. Chef Michael Deg has refined his flavours to perfection on this chic equestrian estate. Cavalli Restaurant is the perfect backdrop for a chef of this calibre, and the produce garden on the estate constantly inspires him. His love affair with a simple ingredient is made evident, with style and sophistication, on the plate. Nature's relationship between the soil of Stellenbosch and the seasons is in obvious harmony. As the first Green-star rated restaurant in South Africa, Cavalli treasures and celebrates the beauty of natural heritage. Some dishes are simply presented, like the barley and mushroom risotto with a delicate Parmesan custard. Others are infinitely styled with precision, like the seven-hour slow-cooked octopus with fermented black garlic aioli, squid-ink crisps and radish, topped with a fynbos dressing. A main course of confit duck leg with orange, fennel marmalade, mustard pommes mousseline and black kale, will keep the heartiest of appetites sated. Michael excels at creating vegan and vegetarian dishes that the strictest carnivore will swop sides for – his imagination runs riot when his soul connects with the soil. The menu constantly evolves as ingredients present themselves in the garden. Wander around the immaculately manicured 100-hectare estate to admire the horses, sunken gardens and art, with a last stop to the winery to buy Cavalli wines that the sommelier matched with your memorable dishes. "It's now all about constantly refining dishes." Chef Michael Deg

Reviews (2129)

4.5 out of 5.0
Food 4.7
Value 4.3
Service 4.5
Ambience 4.6
  • Wian O. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Clinton G. Dined: 4 days ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Marna S. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Nov 20
    The view, style and decor is something really special. The food and wine is exceptional but most of all the service is incredible. We had a lunch function there and the people were extremely professional and helpful.

  • Theo R. Dined: 3 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 22 Nov 20
    Wonderful pork belly cooked to perfection by Michael Deg. Excellent service by Farai and his team

  • Julie G. Dined: 3 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 22 Nov 20
    Most delicious food! I had the seared yellowfin tuna and for main Springbok loin. Excellent! Great service - attentive and professional! Ambiance of course always a little different depending on the guests.

  • Lisa A. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 22 Nov 20
    Amazing food and excellent service! We will definitely be back!

  • Barbara M. Dined: 6 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 20 Nov 20
    Fantastic, absolutely delicious and an overall great experience.

  • Andreia A. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 20 Nov 20
    Cavalli never dissapoints...great food, service and ambiance! The Thursday special is value for money and I would highly recommend it.

  • Beatrice D. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 20 Nov 20
    Thank you for the wonderful experience and a SPECIAL thank you to Unathi, who was extremely caring, kind, well up on the menu etc but mainly I was impressed with her understanding of my condition as I have no immune system and she went out of her way to 'keep her distance' yet was 'there' for us in every sense of the way. May I make one slightly negative comment, please. As we sat facing the patrons all walking In with masks which was great, we noticed, however, that some people, when they went to the toilets, were NOT wearing masks. They passed through the restaurant in their way, and they close to the one table where people were eating. Just a thought to be aware of maybe. Sorry if this offends you, but it's worth mentioning as everything else was so very well organised and made us feel so safe. Yet those people may pass others on the stairs or in the lift wearing no masks. Many thanks again for a beautiful meal and the kind attention for my birthday. Beatrice De Wit

  • Campbell B. Dined: 6 days ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 21h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 21h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 21h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 21h30
  • Sunday 12h00 - 14h30
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