The Tafel Deli & Osteria on de Kleine Maastrom farm is a place to linger over fine wine with innovative Mediterranean-style food, all conducive to much talk and laughter.
Each plate is a detailed composition of taste experiences, freshly prepared from a focussed menu that changes with the seasons and even the weeks. The best imports (including Gorgonzola Dolce Latte, Mozzarella, Goats-Milk Feta, Haloumi) are combined with local specialities (Venison, Karoo Lamb, etc) and fresh produce from the farm. A variety of breads issue fresh from the Osteria's oven.
Dave Robbins does front-of-house, while Frans Mulder presides over the kitchen - yes, the same Frans of Artist’s Café (Mpumalanga) and The Colony Room (Smithfield) fame.
There are four tables at the Osteria, each seating a maximum of six. In winter, a wood fire warms the dining area and inter-leading wine room. In good weather, wine and food are served under the massive Belle Ombre, where the tables are placed so far apart that intimate conversation can’t be overheard. The eye is constantly lured out over the vast spaces of the ancient Eastern Cape landscape; this is big sky country, where dreams also come big. And this is ultimate luxury: a generous space out of time with the most discreet of service.
The Tafel Deli & Osteria operates11 months of the year from Wednesday to Sunday & public holidays, closed on Monday and Tuesday and is also open for the Bedford Garden Festival.
Open hours are from 12 noon until 7pm except Sunday when the kitchen closes at 2.30pm and during the Bedford Garden Festival from 11h30 to 17h00.
A la carte menu
Regret no children under 12 years old
Credit/debit card facilities
4 tables each seating 6 people are serviced
Wine room with interesting collection of fine art.