Terroir opened in October 2004, and has since become one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations in the Cape Winelands, placing Stellenbosch prominently on the culinary map. The restaurant is located on Kleine Zalze, a family owned wine farm that has risen to prominence both in South Africa and internationally thanks in particular to its award-winning Chenin Blanc and Shiraz.
HONEST AND BOLD WITH SIMPLE THINGS DONE WELL The Kleine Zalze Wine Estate offers a relaxed setting for superlative winelands dining, in dappled sunlight on the terrace or in winter indoors near the fire. Enjoy sterling presentation, punchy flavours and those sauces for which chef Michael Broughton has become famous. Diners love dishes like the prawn risotto with sauce Americaine that has been on the menu since opening in 2004, gently reworked. Consider his outstanding onion tart with truffled Brie, date, sesame and pumpkin seed pesto. Loud applause will be given for Michaels roulade of quinoa and aubergine with grapes, mushrooms, parsley butter and smoked ale, while carnivores will clap for the beef fillet and the seared loin of Springbok. Desserts are delectable – expect interesting ingredient combinations and pretty presentation. Here the seasons evolve on the menu. In winter his love of braising root vegetables with meat, stock and aromatics is evident, in spring youll see verdant greens, in summer artichokes and in autumn chestnuts. His techniques are decidedly French with simplicity, never overcrowding plates with, “A thousand dots of nothingness, but rather with fresh, identifiable garnishes.” Michael believes that less is more, and cooks simple, creative fare with restraint. A voracious reader and happy traveller, he returns from abroad with a head full of new ideas and inspiration. Warm, friendly service is a guarantee. Savour Kleine Zalzes award-winning wines with your meal and know that you will return for more of both. “Customers always come for the food but the people define you from your competition.” Chef Michael Broughton