Gastronomy on the Garden Route

The Plettenberg is located in the heart of the Garden Route: an area famed for farm-fresh produce, oysters and seafood, one of the best bakeries in the country (île de païn), and an emerging wine route that already boasts 18 wineries.

SeaFood at The Plettenberg’s menu was designed by Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff and executive chef Antoinette Meyer. The restaurant offers breathtaking views of Formosa Bay and delicious, seasonal cuisine that showcases the bay it overlooks.

Diners at SeaFood at The Plettenberg can expect fresh, delectable dishes. (credit: Alessio La Ruffa)

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – dine poolside on the terrace and soak up the incredible views, or head into the chic interior, where the sand, beach and sea are reflected in the decor.

Gourmet travellers will discover many hidden gems when exploring the Garden Route, and Fynboshoek Cheese is certainly one of them. Located in the Tsitsikamma area, just a short drive from The Plettenberg, the restaurant is housed in a farm cottage and has enchanting views of forest trees and a lake. The menu is simple, yet special: cheese and homegrown herbs and salad leaves, as well as freshly baked bread. All of the cheeses are handcrafted on the farm; expect matured goat’s cheese in ash, smoked provolone, fresh ricotta, mozzarella and more.

Plettenberg Bay is an exciting destination for oenophiles, too. Its wine region was granted official Wine of Origin status in 2005, and its reputation for superb winemaking is growing exponentially – especially for Méthode Cap Classique (sparkling) wines.

Savouring a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the region. (credit: Alessio La Ruffa)

Bramon Wines was the first estate to produce wine in Plettenberg Bay and is situated in The Crags, a beautiful, mountainous area. Try their bubblies with a tasting, or order a bottle with lunch: tapas-style dishes served at tables in the vineyard.

Traveller’s tip: Bramon Wine Estate is extremely popular, so we do recommend booking a table in advance. Ask for a table amongst the vines!

Newstead Wines also produces a celebrated Méthode Cap Classique, and offer a “bubbly and bilinis special”. There are many other estates on the route, producing wines from a variety of cultivars.

Fresh breads, spreads and tasty tapas are available at Bramon Wine Estate. (credit: Kate Els)

In such a beautiful place, it makes sense for the foodie traveller to procure a bottle of wine from one of these wineries, head to one of the many regular markets to stock up on local gourmet goods, and then go picnicking; there are plenty of ideal places for an al fresco meal, from beaches and forests to riverside spots.

For great food, try the Harkerville Saturday Market: pop into this bustling little market for fresh bread, hot coffee and a variety of other organic foodstuffs. It begins at 8am every Saturday, and breakfast is served under the trees. Another favourite is Market on Main, for delicious food and live music.

Traveller’s tip: Plettenberg Bay’s local market are great if you’re looking for a souvenir to take home with you. From fruit preserves to curios, your best bet of finding them is at one of the markets!