I was wanting to go to Fairview to buy some wine and cheese, so we decided to go there for breakfast/brunch this past Sunday morning. I hadn’t been the The Goatshed before, despite having ‘herd’ some good reports. As we walked in I knew we had made a good choice in venue, even though the interior was largely devoid of patrons as everyone had chosen to sit outside, it still had a welcoming ambiance.
Clay tiled floors and wooden furniture combined to give the restaurant, which was previously a wine cellar, a rustic, warm feel which would be even more appealing in winter. We elected to sit outside with everyone else because it was just such a fabulous day and the view is something to behold. Seated at the table in the warm sun, surrounded by beautiful scenery, I felt quite spoilt before I had even looked at the menu.
I decided to go for the Springbok sausage breakfast (R38) which was very good. The plate was warm which is a big thing for me. I loved the homemade toasted ciabatta that the breakfast came with. My only complaint is that it came with 1 egg and 2 sausages, I would have preferred 2 eggs and 1 sausage. The egg was done perfectly which is a miracle in Cape Town.
My dining partner had a panini with parma ham, mozzarella, tomato, pesto and balsamic reduction (R42) which looked wonderfully fresh. She loved it and ate it so quickly I never got a taste. We rounded off the breakfast with a little decadence: the homemade milktart with marinaded strawberries and honey cream (R38). It was also top notch, big fresh strawberries in some sort of berry marinade made a lovely complement to the subtle flavours of the milk tart and the cream added some sweetness.
The Goatshed boasts the best coffee in the Cape, a claim we needed to test. So we had an Americano (R10) and a Latte (R17). They were pretty good, but not sure they were the best in the Cape.
We were quite hungry by the time we arrived so everything on the menu was just begging to be ordered and devoured. We’ve definitely resolved to go back for lunch sometime soon. Things like the spicy chicken pie (R55) and the quiche wiith baby leaf salad (R40) need to be introduced to my taste buds.
After eating, we popped into the deli and selected some bread from the tempting assortment on offer. Then we paid and made our way over to the cheese tasting…
The service at the Goatshed was friendly and capable, nothing to complain about. I would definitly recommend this as an option for breakfast or lunch (they close at 5pm).
The Goatshed at Fairview
Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
021 863 3609
Its great fun to blend your own, unique olive oil at the Deli as well. Its beautifully packaged and a great gift.
That does sound good, I can’t believe I missed that as I am actually in need of some olive oil for home.
sounds delicious! i’ve been meaning to go for ages… i tasted their coffee at the cheese festival, and it was truly some of the best i’ve had, rivalling even the great Origin in De Waterkant. the mix and match olive oil sounds fab 🙂
You must try the Beryl Back Tasting Room!! It is separate to the main tasting area..upstairs. You are seated at a table, and the wines and cheeses to taste are brought to you. It is a great experience, and something which you must try.
Ooh, that sounds like a good tip. I’ll definitely check that out. Thanks.
A big group of us had lunch here the other day. We all had a great time and enjoyed the food. The wine is also very reasonably priced.
I had the lamb curry (R82) which was delicious. Many others had the lightly curried chicken pie (R55), also very tasty. The trout quiche (R45) received a good review as did the springbok medallions (R88) and the beef fillet (R92).
The freshly baked ciabatta bread was a highlight for the hungry group and was devoured in seconds.
My verdict is that this really is a great option in the winelands, but be sure to book in advance.