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“Very average”

Spookfontein Restaurant
Ranked #31 of 135 Restaurants in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$15
Cuisines: Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, View
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Join us on a magical journey of ethical eating ELL is an ethical eatery focusing on healthy, nutritious, fresh and local produce with origin and ethical sustainability as the guideline to creating culinary delights. We all know the saying: "You are what you eat" By supplying food that has been ethically sourced, ELL will encourage patrons to be aware of what they eat, how the food was cultivated, fed and treated as well as brought to the table to be consumed as culinary delights. We all love to eat, but in order to live life to the fullest, it is essential to create balance and to respect life in all it's forms. ELL is situated on the R320 en route from Hermanus to Caledon on the beautiful wine farm, Spookfontein in the upper Hemel-en Aarde Valley that produces wines of destinction, in character with the whole vision of an organic, ethically sustainable eatery. The magnificent modern and artistic cellar, designed by architect DJ Carr of Ghost Fountain Designs, with interior decor designed by his partner Wilna, situated on top of the mountain in-between the natural fynbos, overlooking the vineyards, boasts awe inspiring views over the valley, the Babylonstoren mountains and the sea. This must certainly be one of the best spots to enjoy the sun setting in the West towards Hangklip. The eatery offers a relaxed, inviting atmosphere and ambience to visitors and encourage patrons to join on the magical journey of ethical eating. ELL specializes in a combination of designer pizzas, salads & creative dishes with fresh local ingredients and most importantly, the focus on produce sourced with origin and ethical farming practices and sustainability in mind. Vegetarians and vegans will find a refreshing variety of dishes to suit their culinary requirements and meat eaters will be able to enjoy food that was sourced from farms certified in ensuring the animal's well being and utter respect for their lives.
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely venue but the sirloin steak was average, tough and not correctly prepared. The fries were poor. Overal not a good experience and not cheap either. Rust en Vrede on the other hand do a superb sirloin steak with an excellent wine for a fraction more money.
Very disappointed with Spookfontein.

Thank GavinL809
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Spookfontein exceeded my expectations when the chef Charles personally came to our table and suggested a few dishes - which by the way was fantastic! You definitively have to try the marshmallow ice-cream!

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Thank AnnetteV669
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

We were welcomed for lunch on 8 April by the owner, Francois and given constant Attention by a delightful student waitress.
Our table of 4 ordered Pork Belly and Fried Hake, both dishes can only be described as being superbly cooked and presented.
Spookfontein is a wonderfully located venue and eating experience.

Thank Lynette B
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

Beautiful location and very nice building. Short menu, which we appreciate.The beef was tough, ramen was quite good and oxtail tagliatelle rather good, despite pasta too overcooked. Service slow. We did not like the fact that there is "no public wifi" - so obviously, there is wifi, they just don't let their guests use it. This is 2018 - wifi should be available to guests anywhere. Once wifi is available to all guests, we'll return and give at least a 4 bubble review.

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Thank AshbourneFranschhoek
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I love the fact that the menu is small and focused. Ive tried most on there now and haven't been disappointed once. We normally have a few small plates. The seared Tuna is very good value and spectacular. I'm also a big fan of the Oxtail Ragu.

And then onto that view. Well you just cant get better. Add to that fact that you can buy top-class Spookfontein wines at Estate prices, there really isn't a better place for lunch and some wine in Hermanus.

Please don't be put off by a few small-minded reviews by diners complaining about small portions. I would say that the food is on the "fine dining" spectrum for SA; so expect well-presented and carefully thought out-dishes - not gut-busting Burgers and chips. If you're looking for Spur.... there is a lovely one in the shopping mall!

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Thank Robert C
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