I have to share with you how utterly excited I am about our little fledgling restaurant… Eighteen53… Rich and I had dinner last Thursday night and it was so delicious I wanted to dance a jig on the table (I didn’t though, just clicked my heels walking through to the kitchen!). We were lucky enough to share the conservatory with some of our wonderful guests and it was an evening to remember.

I had the tasting of tomato to start(marinated tomatoes, herb leaves, basil oil, tomato coulis, tomato sorbet, tomato pips, basil sour cream and garlic tuille) and Rich had the rooibos smoked beetroot carpaccio, whipped goats cheese, ciabatta wafer and baby leaf salad. We both had the pork belly with charcurterie jus, potato pureé and sautéd greens as main, although there was gorgeous angelfish on the menu too. Rich ended off with dark chocolate tart, spiced ice cream, basil & strawberry compote and I couldn’t resist the vanilla & orange brulee (served warm), white chocolate sorbet and coconut tuille biscuit. It was SCRUMPTIOUS!

Please do yourself a favour and book a table for at least one of the evenings that you stay with us. We are SO fortunate to have Wander (chef, manager and occasional handyman) as part of our Schoone Oordt Team. Thank you to him and his lovely wife, Sonette for taking our little Swellendam country hotel to a whole new level!

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