We enjoyed a very causal lunch here this past week. With temperatures warm, it was ideal to be outdoors.
I called in advance but they were fully booked however the lady on the phone was very polite and accommodating. She said it would be fine to arrive and if the weather is good they will be able to seat more guests outside.
To our luck, the weather was great. As we arrived at 12.35pm, The Spice route was packed and filling up.
La Grapperia is a casual eatery serving pizzas and tapas at the Spice Route farm. It's one of the many places they have on the farm. It's causal, family friendly and busy! So expect families with children. There is a play area for kids 5 years plus. Note it's not suitable for younger kids and the younger ones struggled to play in the play area.
We stood in line for around 10 minutes, it was a very long line but it went very quick. To our surprise we were seated quickly and served immediately. We expected to wait for our meals as the restaurant was very busy but we had a wonderful waitress who brought our food within less than 15 minutes from placing the order.
We opted for pizzas and a side salad. Their pizza was delicious. Thin crusted and fresh ingredients. Just enough to satisfy our hunger. Most of their wines, the top choices are by the bottle and seeing that we didn't want to drink much, we ordered a red wine and rose wine by the glass. There isn't many options by the glass! For such a huge wine farm and variety of places to eat there .... I find this strange. I would like to see more variations of wines by the glass. Even just to taste !!! Is this not how you going to sell your wines... To you customers? However they do have a wine tasting section on the farm.
The place is out in the country, great views, very relaxing and ideal for both adults and children. There are different sections to explore like the art gallery or the coffee and cake cafe, chocolate tasting, ice creams, beer & burgers, Gin ... Wow this farm has a lot going on. Ideal to burn off the pizza, just wonder off and stroll around the farm.
Worth a visit. If you want something more 'formal', there's always Bertus Basson on the farm to try out. This place serves really good South African cuisine.
Although it was a public holiday in South Africa and the restaurant packed to capacity, I really appreciated the great service we received! The staff handled themselves so well, so professionally and never once looked annoyed or stressed. Well done to the team at La Grapperia for such a lovely experience on 9 August.
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