During the summer months, the evening drive to Pringle Bay is lovely. The view along Clarence Drive puts you in the right frame of mind for a long, relaxing evening at this lovely restaurant situated in the heart of this small village. You must not be in a rush when you come here for a meal, as the food is prepared to order – and with love. The restaurant has the lovely touch of linen napkins and the service is excellent. The staff are very well trained and know their menu and their wines. The are properly schooled in the art of fine dining which makes the experience really awesome. The only complaint I have about the setting is that the acoustics are very bad, and the lively dinner conversation from other diners can come across as being a bit on the loud side.
The wine list is concise with an emphasis on the reds. It is very well priced and we chose a Gabriëlskloof Bordeaux Blend (R125) which suited our choice of meal. It did however need breathing and cooling down before enjoying.
There is a selection of meals for the not so hungry and the choice of 4 dishes is priced at R55 per item. There are 5 starters to choose from and Dave had the chicken livers which I found to have too much chilli for me. It totally wiped out the subtle flavour of the mushrooms en croûte that I had ordered. The mushrooms were tasty and the bread so covered in sauce it was quite soft by the last bite. Starters are all priced at R35
There are 12 main courses on the menu, as well as chef’s choices of the day. The prices range from R56 to R130 and Dave chose the veal rump (R95) which was really tender. I chose the kudu loin (R110). I think I won’t be eating the large buck again, as the meat was a bit tough around the edges where it had been cooked.
The selection of desserts (R25) include a cheese platter (R45) which I always find to be a nice touch on a menu. I chose the New York cheese cake and it really was good.
Our evening was great, relaxed and enjoyable and the drive back a pleasant end to the evening.