We have been to The Wilderness numerous times, and this is the first time we have seen Cinnamon Boutique. It is a lovely house, accessed via a boardwalk over the garden and is tranquil and welcoming. The hosts, Desmond and Johan, are wonderful and amusing. You would do well to book a table here for dinner if you are ever in the area as the setting and the evening will be memorable.
We started our evening with a whiskey at the bar, with Desmond asking us how on earth we could drink a single malt from Islay as it is so peaty! After slowly enjoying the warming pre dinner drink, and choosing our wine – De Grendel Merlot 2008, we were shown to our table overlooking the swimming pool.
The wine list is excellent and well priced and has a great ‘by the glass’ option. Our table was adorned with decent cutlery, linen napkins and a tea light that was covered and so did not disturb my vision. Out of a choice of 9 starters priced from R45 – R65 I chose the carpaccio of ostrich fillet (R65) and Dave chose the biltong dusted cheese soufflé (R55). Dave noticed that the biltong was not that evident. After our starters we were given a palate cleanser sorbet.
For our main course I decided to have the creamy garlic mussels (R75) to which Johan was most vocal about ‘how can you eat those things?’ Out of the 10 dishes on offer (R70 – R175) Dave chose the springbok bobotie (R130) which came with a great array of sambals. I did not have to ask for a bowl for the mussel shells which is impressive, even though expected.
The dessert list (R50 – R65) includes a cheese platter which is always a plus sign for me. I however chose the crème brûlée (R50) and was not disappointed.
The service was professional and unobtrusive and I can highly recommend a meal here if you are spending the weekend in this beautiful part of the Garden Route.
As an aside, we were not charged for our whiskey’s and we went back the next day to pay – it was appreciated.
Contact them on +27 44 877 1324