How Have I Never Visited Durbanville Hills?!

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! I’m in a great mood because I had insomnia last night and then woke up early,

So, basically, I’m on overdrive. Secondly, how amazing is this picture that my husband took of me? WOW! I might end up being vein on Instagram after this!

But seriously, Mr John and I visited Durbanville Hills for the first time and it’s actually mental that I could love in Cape Town for 15 years, drink the wine for 15 years and yet, NEVER HAVE VISITED! #HowWhy

So we were really pleased when we were invited for lunch and it far surpassed our expectations. Watch:

Images by Team Team Photography – do not use without permission.

How incredible are these views?

What’s for Lunch at Durbanville Hills?


We had a delicious 3-course meal from their summer menu at Durbanville Hills. The beetroot and walnut salad was one of the best I’d ever had thanks to the grapes adding the perfect balance of sweetness. The other star was the coffee crusted beef tataki with pumpkin fritters, herbs and red current glaze. The slight smokiness and bitterness of the coffee were excellent.


I had the “Chicken” for mains. Terrine, winglet pops, spinach & ricotta cigars, baby carrot, bbq caramel and jus. I wasn’t crazy for the chicken terrine as it tasted very similar to chicken pie and I really dislike chicken pie! However, it’s a very popular Afrikaans home dish so I fully understand why it is on the menu and if you DO like that flavour combination, you will be very happy. The crispy spinach and ricotta cigars were perfectly creamy and crunchy.

Mr John had the sirloin, braised short rib, carrot puree, bone marrow and biltong dukkah. He’s a very fussy eater so happily munched through the steak and chips and enjoyed the touch of biltong ‘spice’.


For desserts, we shared the profiteroles. Dulce de leche cream, honeycomb ice cream, figs and coconut dust, it was the perfect way to the meal. I LOVE dulce de leche so I was happy! And it was big enough to share.

Thank you so much for having us Durbanville Hills, we really enjoyed our visit and we will be back in the future!




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