When Paul Siguqa purchased the Klein Goederust wine farm in 2019, becoming the first black wine farm owner in Franschhoek, he wanted to rejuvenate the space but also preserve the historic essence of the buildings. The Klein Goederust Boutique Winery restaurant, with its modern and retro atmosphere, is located in the 1920s building that was once the old farmhouse. The kitchen, windows and door handles all retain a charming rustic quality.
There is the option of sitting inside the house on the concrete floor, on the front porch or in the serene greenery of the garden. When walking around and checking on his guests, Paul always makes sure to tell them, “You’re home.” This expression is the philosophy that runs through the buffet menu which is all about fine South African home cooking.
Paul is the son of an agricultural worker. His mother, after whom the store’s Nomaroma Method Cap Classic (MCC) is named, worked in the sparkling wine room for 37 years. For the restaurant, which opened in December 2021, Paul enlisted chef Linda Abrahams (affectionately known as Aunty Linda) who worked on the wine farms with her mother. This contextual background gives authenticity to the dishes on offer.
Call it ‘plaas kos’ or simple South African cuisine as Aunty Linda prefers, it exudes the comfort of well-done home cooking with an experimental and passionate twist. It also appears with bright colors.
“I grew up on a wine farm and have worked on several of them. I know the different food cultures of the vineyards. What I do is South African cuisine and the buffet that we offer is something unique compared to what happens here,” says Aunty Linda.
It also adds to the variety of food offerings around Franschhoek. The buffet, which changes every two weeks and on special occasions, centers around lamb on the spit, with chicken and roesterkoek on the braai. Sides can include the deliciously sweet and savory sweet potato roll; savory rice with fresh herbs, mushrooms and peppers; fish curry and a variety of spinach salads, and Greek at Waldorf.
Dessert ranges from poached pears in red wine, chocolate roulade and ice cream. Enjoy it with the winery boutique’s wine selection which includes 2018 Cabernet Merlot, 2020 Shiraz, sweet and delicious 2020 Noble Late Harvest and 2018 flagship Nomaroma MCC.
The buffet costs R395 per person. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.