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Brunch at The Table

so last week i came down with the mother of all colds. right now i have a cough so fierce you might think i’m a seasoned smoker (i’m not). apparently they call it a productive cough. well, my cough is being super productive. me – not so much. i have been resting and drinking lots of water and playing too much plants vs zombies on my iPad.

to cheer myself up i paid a visit to my old friend Jessica’s restaurant The Table over the weekend for a spot of brunch. Jess and i have known each other since we were 7, and in my mind we are still just kids – you know? but she’s a grown ass woman who makes amazing food and owns her own restaurant with her husband, Luke.

up till now they’ve only been serving lunch on the weekends at The Table, but they recently started offering brunch on Saturdays – to accommodate people who need to get home in time for the rugby (joking! but only a little bit). if you have ever tasted Jessica’s scrambled eggs, you’ll know. photos by Jessica and myself.

Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table

this is what i ate – portobello mushrooms with lanquedoc cheese on sourdough.

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the sweets table. at brunch!

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they have also recently expanded The Table, meaning there’s lots more seating indoors and two cosy fireplaces to choose from. i love this new room with all the fairy lights, and that beautiful round marble top table. you might find me there on Saturdays.

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The Table

you will no doubt remember my old friend Jessica from various posts on the blog, as well as her and husband Luke’s wonderful restaurant Nook in Stellenbosch. after some busy & hectic years they sold Nook and moved to the country for a while, but it wasn’t long before ideas began brewing for their next venture – and that came in the form of The Table at De Meye. already an established eatery, the previous owners Russell and Camilla were sad to sell this little piece of heaven in the winelands – but Jess & Luke planned to continue the tradition of family-style dining inspired by local & seasonal ingredients.

…and this past saturday was their first official lunch! we ate charcuterie, fresh bread and sunchoke soup to start, and then the table was laden with plates of braised beef shortrib, mashed potatoes with lashings of farm butter, sauteed oyster mushrooms and sugar snap peas, pickled baby beets, and a delicious baby onion tarte tatin served with micro-greens. dessert was quince served two ways – poached with celery & ginger ice-cream (!) and a picture perfect quince souffle.

if you’ve ever been to the The Table before you know that usually guests sit at rustic tables under the trees outside, but this weekend winter really arrived in the Cape, so we sat inside the main building – which used to be an old dairy shed – next to the cosy fire. you’ll see lots of pics of the lovely interior below, as well as some images of the farm itself (and the farm dogs!). De Meye is a family-owned boutique winery just outside Stellenbosch, so you can do wine tastings right next door to the restaurant to pick the wine you’re going to have with your meal (so smart).

eating at The Table really is an awesome outing, and a perfect excuse to get out of town for the day. they’re open Saturdays and Sundays for long, lazy lunches. you can contact Jessica & Luke via their website to book a table.

all photos taken by me.

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