The last time I ate in the Wijnhuis in Newlands I gave it a bad write up. This is not something I like to do, as I usually try to ferret out places that I’d recommend that people go and eat in. It’s too easy to pick the bad places and write about them.
” This restaurant, from a food quality point of view, has been in terminal decline and has now flat lined at bad….. not a place for people who are serious about their food…..Wijnhuis needs to stop fooling around and start producing the goods…..the question is; could they be bothered?”
They closed for renovations a while afterwards.
They’ve just reopened.
The new interior is much brighter and more open. It’s sort of 1930’s industrial vibe, and the view to the mountain has opened up, with the kitchen having been moved from one side of the restaurant to the other.
Most of the clutter has been removed and the big bar is intact, but with two conversation and gaze stealing flat screen TV’s hanging right over it. They must think that people have nothing to talk about.
My first question to the manageress was “Is the chef new?”
The answer was no, so my heart dropped. How could anything have improved in the food department?
Starters arrived – a beef carpaccio, which was of high quality, nice but expensive (R85). The salad was miserable; a small miserly portion of a few greens and tomato. Sad.
Mains. My special of the day was a slow roasted lamb dish. Mongolian Yak is more like it. Unappetising lumps of lamb in a gloopy sauce that masqueraded as gravy. The rosemary potatoes were soggy and reeked of oil, cheap oil.
My lunch partners line fish of the day (kingklip) had a few problems. It did not taste like a fresh portion, although they said it was it had all the texture of a previously frozen portion. It was overcooked and overseasoned.
We skipped dessert. I asked the manageress for a doggy bag for the lamb, which I could not eat.
Maybe the Jack Russell would appreciate it.
Fab revamp, shame about the (expensive) food.
Starters R35-85. Mains R45-160.
021 671 9706