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Reviewed 17 March 2022 via mobile

It is one thing to state that cooking is your “passion,” or to include that sort of trope in your mission statement, but quite another to be exuberant and humble while placing plate after plate of perfectly executed haut cuisine in front of four patrons...who have booked for your Chef’s Table experience. At Leopards Leap, Stellenbosch (Western Cape, South Africa), Chef Christiaan Visser prepared a four course, wine-paired meal derived from his family’s farm recipes brought forward with modern techniques, but retaining deep respect for those who fed him and those whom he now feeds. I am not a “foodie,” but am blessed to have been introduced to fine dining by my parents as a youngster and to have dined over the years at some of the most praised restaurants with food prepared by chefs touted as the world’s finest. A great dining experience can be expensive, but worth the cost (La Maisonette, Cincinnati, OH circa 1980) or modestly priced, but hitting it out of the park (HB [Home Bistro], Chicago, IL circa 2010). Leopards Leap’s Chef Table served us innovative, delicious food with deep South African roots and a chance to interact with two gracious, knowledgeable food and wine experts (Chef Visser and Sommelier Luyanda) who explained what we were tasting, the rational behind food groupings and wine pairings, as well as the family history behind the recipes. What was served: We were first served a glass of Leopards Leap’s delightful Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir to wet the palate and set the tone. Then came the food and wine pairings (served at whatever pace you choose). (1) Roosterkoek. Biltong pâté with shaved Biltong pieces. Apricot reduction. Amasi with fresh quartered figs and red wine reduction. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Sauvignon Blanc. (2) Free range chicken sosaties (South Africa kebabs). “Slappoppoffers” (maize fritters) with sweet corn sauce. Grilled sweet corn. Peppedew and macadamia sauce. Chili oil. Tomato chutney. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Chenin Blanc (unoaked) and their Premier Chenin Blanc (oaked with American and Hungarian wood). I normally eschew oaked whites, but learned something interesting from Sommelier Luyanda - over oaked anything is bad. Unoaked Chenin Blancs taste best on their own, but a well oaked Chenin Blanc comes into its own when properly paired with food. (3) “Rys en fleis” (Rice and Lamb), Chef Visser’s modern interpretation of a traditional South African farm main: slow broiled lamb neck. Baby vegetables. Lamb (shoulder) bitterballen. Carrot purée. Demi glâce. Strips of crispy rice. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Pinotage. Pinotage is a uniquely South African varietal that goes perfectly with lamb dishes. (4) Ouma Hettie’s dessert recipe: Brandy tart. Homemade vanilla ice cream. Date and pecan crumble. Homemade ginger biscuit. Brandy butterscotch sauce. PAIRED WITH: Leopards Leap Culinaria Muscat, a not-too-sweet dessert wine (we brought six bottles to take with as gifts). As we had a pending reservation to get to, the staff graciously made our delicious cappuccinos to go. In summary, one of the best meals I’ve ever had, an opinion shared by the three others in our group. Definitely the best overall food experience I have ever had. Also, likely the best fine dining value I’ve ever had. This is a five star experience at an affordable price. You will laugh, learn, enjoy, and create a wonderful set of memories at Leopards Leap.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 5 May 2021 via mobile

Without doubt, the best pizza I have ever eaten! While the restaurant was pretty empty - being midweek during Covid, the staff could not have been friendly or the food better. And the selection of desserts was just unfair on the waistline! This is one...to be enjoyed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 23 March 2021 via mobile

Suppose if you like this type of restaurant,then you might enjoy. Food is good but not fabulous,very much canteen like. We will try again in the future. Lots of way better places in the area.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 19 October 2020 via mobile

Beautiful architecture and setting from the outside. Just a dining hall.Terrible design and acoustics inside. No atmosphere, noisy, reminded me of an airport. Too many people in closed up area. Couldn't wait to get it over and done with.Very busy, restless and the food was...ok, but the chicken is topped with a curry sauce, that was an unexpected unpleasant surprise. Wine is dirt cheap. Salads ok, fresh but not mindblowing- not worth R195 pp. Pizza was the better option.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 6 October 2020

This spacious airy restaurant with it's fantastic views over the valley and mountains is a real relaxing tonic. Service was prompt and we did not feel inhibited by Lockdown restrictions. The menu offers 4 or 5 options for lunch but the variety in the salads...and ingenuity plus quality presentation make it a must visit place again! Portions were just right and the food cooked to perfection. Then the wine was well priced and matched the food nicely. While prices are a bit up in the mid-range, the quality is almost like fine dining.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 17 March 2020

We started off with the wine tasting and then ate in their restaurant. Unique that you select your salads / potatoes etc, which are then priced by weight and you then add your meat / fish choice. The food was very tasty and a lively...atmosphere in the restaurant, with quite a few families enjoying the location. All reasonably priced and most enjoyable.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 16 March 2020

Did the pink line on the wine tram and ended at Leopard's Leap around lunch - really enjoyed awesome food and wine! Highly recommend the rotisserie - the lamb neck was out of this world. Will definitely take a drive to Franschhoek again just for...this experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 3 March 2020

Just called in off the wine tram to enjoy a glass of sparkling rose. An excellent way to start the day. We didn't but the food on display for lunch looked great.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 27 February 2020 via mobile

As ever, this modern, light, airy and spacious venue remains a favorite for the expertly cooked roasts and amazing wide variety of salads and vegetables. All billed by weight, so you get to choose exactly how much to gorge on! The service is unassuming, friendly...and efficient, whilst the estate’s wines extremely good value for money. What more could one ask of a lunch time feast?More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

A fantastic buffet in a lovely setting. You choose whatever salads you want from the buffet and pay per weight. R270 per kilo. The salads are amazing - plenty to choose from. Then you choose which meat you want: chicken, pork, lamb or beef (this...is extra) or just stick to the salad. The only disappointing thing was that the chicken was a pie unlike the last time we were here when they had roast chicken but still very tasty. My husband had the lamb and he said that was very nice. We will return ;-)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Dress code is very relaxed some people wore T shirts and shorts and others celebrating birthdays etc were dressed up,very nice venue good atmosphere,not sure about gluten free
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Leopard's Leap Rotisserie Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5