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“Good food if you're willing to wait for it”
Review of Jordan Restaurant

Jordan Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 274 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: One of the first signature chef restaurants in the Cape Winelands, the Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine brings top chef George Jardine’s brand of contemporary fare from city to country. The focus on the flavours of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients is evident from his kitchen vegetable and herb garden to wine barrel fish smoker and wood-fired oven. Expect smoky, smouldering country flavours in simple combinations on a contemporary plate – with signature smoked yellowtail, steamed Saldanha mussels, seared ribeye and springbok potroast. The main ingredient is enhanced by smoked garlic, aubergine, fennel, prune or potato puree. A trip to the walk-in cheese room to select your own board of artisanal Cape farm cheeses with preserves and breads rounds off a spectacular meal. Vintages from Jordan Wine Estate form the cornerstone of the restaurants wine list.
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We were really looking forward to visiting this restaurant after reading a review in a British paper. We booked a table for lunch on a week day and after we were shown to our table we had to wait 30 minutes before a waiter approached us and informed us that "the chef was now ready to take our order". This did rather rankle however we placed our order and sat back to admire the wonderful view. 30 minutes later our first course arrived and subsequently another 30 - 40 minutes lapsed before our second course arrived and only then because I asked the waiter to tell the chef that "we were ready to eat now". After we had eaten our main meal it took another 30 minutes at least for the dessert to be served. After the desert our waiter asked if we would like coffee but we decided that we would like to get back to central Cape Town before dark so we decided to skip it. We paid the bill at the waiters' station rather than waiting for it!
As I said in the title, the food was very good but really the service time needs to be accelerated.

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Thank SparksLX
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We booked months in advance to have dinner here. So we we’re really looking forward to it. It turned in an extra humouess episode of Fawlty Towers.

First the service: this is the main problem. Not attentive at all. We had to ask multiple times for this and that. Not a problem once or twice, bit this was like many more times. Taking our order took forever. We already had to decide which dessert we have, never seen that before. I ordered a bouillon for starter and it arrived without spoon. Basic restaurant musthaves... we had a wine pairing with our meals, at main course the waiter poured my partners glass. The bottle was empty and the glass halfful. He just walked away. When we mentioned the half glass, he promised to top it up. When this didn’t happend, he promised again to top up when our couverts arrived. They came, but no wine. It came, at last, but the main course was already eaten. There goes your wine pairing. The fries that we ordered to go with our main didn’t came. Had to ask again. There they were. After we had finished our main.
By this time we we’re boiling and decided to go. The supervisor came and we explained we’re gonna leave. Paying no bill, as we stay in the suites at Jordan.
It was simply way under par. Can’t remember a restaurant with worse service.

Then let’s talk about food. The menu has 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 dessert (1 of them cheese). So a limited menu is presented, but we’re able to make a good choice. U can choose a 3 course dinner, choose yourself. Or a 5 course, then the chef chooses from the menu. Why you couldn’t choose 5 dishes yourself is a mystery to me.
I loved my starter, when the spoon came, the bouillon with duck was great. My main was a true joke. I ordered ravioli and was presented 3 pieces of ravioli. As a main. But like really. 3 pieces. The late fries we’re saltless. But exhausted of asking again, I left it. There is nor salt nor pepper on the table. They assume you like their seasoning.
We left early, so no dessert for us.

Then some words about the decor. The view with dawn is amazing. The restaurant looks a bit dated. And the curtains are damaged with holes. Not good.

My tips:
- Go visit a European restaurant, to learn about waiting, basic restaurant tips
- Put salt, pepper and a flower on the table
- Presented as fine dining: why wouldn’t you serve an aperitif? We’re on a wine estate! Or an amuse?
- Price isn’t the issue. Just make the 3 course menu 400 rand, with aperitif and amuse. We would have booked it anyway.
- The wine pairing is not fairly priced. In my partners case ordering single glasses, the same as the wine pairing would have cost 205 rand instead of 225 for the wine pairing.

Thank MaaU1986
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Although a relaxed breakfast in a shady garden setting with superb mountain views is the perfect way to enjoy the Stellenbosch Winelands our visit was interrupted by a necessary fire-drill for the staff. However, this did not detract from a most enjoyable couple of hours enjoying good company and an excellent breakfast scrambled egg croissant.

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Thank Lillian V
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Thea v, Manager at Jordan Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Thank you for your review.
We are so pleased you could enjoy the superb views.

We rarely do fire drills at the estate, and unfortunately you were caught on the one day which we did have one.
We aim to try our best to be as quick as possible and get back to "business as usual". We do hope you understand that these drills are a necessary part of our health & safety services to ensure all our guests and staff and well looked after.

We hope to see you back at Jordan Wine Estate soon.

Best wishes
The Team at Jordan Wine Estate

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

If you can take your eyes off the amazing restaurant views over the winelands valley you can turn your attention to eating great food.
This restaurant rarely disappoints but they do set very high standards in every aspect of the dining experience. The service is first class and you will enjoy the friendly approach of all the servers who seem to go out of their way to make your experience exceptional. The food on offer comes in many ways from a taster menu to straightforward 2 or 3 course offering to suit the diner.
The quality and attention to detail in terms of cuisine composition and taste are exceptional at this restaurant. My wife and I enjoyed three courses with wine pairings and were delighted with our choices and our overall experience. We will return.

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Thank AlD134634
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

We had lunch in Jordan‘s restaurant and were luckily receiving a table even without a pre-booking bcs in the online system was no availability.

We enjoyed a very good 5 course lunch with just one bottle wine and not the wine pairing.

The food was delicious and the wine is one of our favourites.

To be seated on the terrace the wonderful views to the vineyards and mountains make the whole an excellent experience why we always come back on our visits to RZA.

Thank Ann-Kathrin B
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