Benguela Brasserie, Swartvlei

One place Dave and I will be sure to visit next time we are in Sedgefield will be Benguela Brasserie. It will make a change for Marguerite and the setting is so peaceful. Dave and I stayed at the Lodge in April and so we only had a short walk to the restaurant.

Benguela Brasserie
Benguela Brasserie

We chose the Shiraz 2012 to enjoy with dinner which was served slightly chilled and was perfect. A selection of bread was brought to the table and knowing how good their homemade loaves are, I could not resist a slice. I chose the seed bread and slathered it in butter. Dave had the ciabatta with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar mix. An amuse bouche of an Asian prawn with a garlic aïoli made the perfect precursor to our meal.

The Beginning of a Great Meal At Benguela Brasserie
The Beginning of a Great Meal At Benguela Brasserie

I had the Asian calamari to start and Dave chose the gnocchi. Both starters were perfect and just the right size portion.

Starters At Benguela Brasserie
Starters At Benguela Brasserie

For mains I had the smoked pork neck and Dave had the chicken ballotine. Every mouthful of my meal was exquisite and the ballotine was excellent from what I tasted. Side dishes are R35 extra and we ordered the freshly prepared vegetables with Parmesan to accompany our meal.

Main Course At Benguela Brasserie
Main Course At Benguela Brasserie

Despite having eaten enough I managed to squeeze in dessert. The baked cheesecake was delicious and the perfect end to my meal. Dinner is priced on a 2 course (R295) or 3 course (R345) option.

My Dessert At Benguela Brasserie
My Dessert At Benguela Brasserie

Breakfast is available from 8am until 11am and we made the most of lying in before going to eat. We started off with a cup of coffee (most welcome), which was served with biscotti. We both chose the eggs Benedict (R90) for our meal. I loved that the dish was placed under the grill just before serving. The yolks were perfectly runny, however, the vinegar was a tad too prominent in the taste department. This was enough of a breakfast for us, knowing we would be having an early lunch.

Breakfast At Benguela Brasserie
Breakfast At Benguela Brasserie

If you chose not to dine at the Brasserie you can have room service (available from 12 – 9pm).

A special day for Fathers 2016:

A hearty winter set menu is planned on Sunday, 19 June 2016.  Guests have the option of a two or three-course lunch from R350.00 per person. Bookings are essential.

Contact them on +27 44 343 1844.

Disclosure: Dave and I were guests of Lakeside Lodge and Spa and our stay was facilitated by Carla van der Merwe. Dinner and breakfast were on the house. Penny has been extremely generous with us and for this I am extremely grateful. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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22 thoughts on “Benguela Brasserie, Swartvlei

  1. The food dishes in that restaurant look just stunning, arty & amazing!
    What a lovely get away! x
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    1. They were amazing!

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  2. Food looks fantastic. I just had breakfast here and now I’m hungry again lol.
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    1. Thanks Jem 🙂

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  3. What a beautiful getaway and the menu looks just fantastic. I am always giddy when restaurants serve “just the right” sized portions too 🙂
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    1. It was a great getaway!

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  4. Sounds like an amazing time with delicious food!
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    1. It was indeed Pam 🙂

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  5. This looks incredible Tandy! What beautiful presentation too!
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    1. Thanks Lucie 🙂

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  6. Wow! This place looks beautiful. Shiraz is one my favorite wines and absolutely drooling over that baked cheesecake! YUM!
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    1. It is a stunning place to visit 🙂

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  7. It sounds like you were very impressed with the meal. It’s great when there’s just a short walk to the restaurant! 😀
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    1. Even better when there is only a short walk back 😉

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  8. What a delightful place to dine! I especially liked those eggs benedict. Looks delicious and beautiful. What a fun trip. I hope you enjoyed yourself.

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    1. We did indeed Laura 🙂

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  9. Hi Tandy, this place sounds heavenly, the food amazing, everything looks so delicious.
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    1. You have described it perfectly!

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  10. What a lovely looking place. The food is so beautifully presented.

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    1. It really was beautiful, and tasty 🙂

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  11. Nice place to visit. Lots of scrumptious dishes.. i got glued to Cheesecake and eggs. Hope you had nice time
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    1. We had a stunning time 🙂

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