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10. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)

Inventive techniques and local flavours play perfectly with estate wines on Michael Cooke’s magical menu. The Tour showcases the chef’s way with farm-fresh ingredients, incorporating Vergelegen produce where possible.

Diners delight in seasonal dishes that are playfully plated and expertly paired with the estate’s fine wines. Begin with mini braaibroodjies and scones with wine-infused butter and malted cream cheese, followed by a cheese course with home-made NikNaks.

A potjie is served in a miniature cocotte with local shellfish, succulent samphire and salty nori. It’s magic. Pre-dessert will transport you back to childhood with Horlicksey flavours, lemon verbena, a flurry of fennel pollen and honey mead.


Camphors at Vergelegen_Garden herbs and sprouts, smoked hen's yolk, chestnut and pollen

Garden herbs and sprouts, smoked hen’s yolk, chestnut and pollen at Camphors at Vergelegen. Photo by Jan Ras.

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