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“Amazing food, great service”

Camphors at Vergelegen
Ranked #1 of 137 Restaurants in Somerset West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$40
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Camphors at Vergelegen signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant camphor trees, planted in 1700, situated in front of the historic Homestead. The restaurant overlooks expansive lawns and beautiful trees complementing the overall dining experience and creating an ambiance never to be forgotten. After only a year of operation, Camphors was awarded place in the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa, in The Eat Out DStv Restaurant Awards 2014, as well as being the Regional Winner - Wine Tourism Restaurant - in the 2014 Great Wine Capitals. Vergelegen produces classical wine varietals and the ever changing menu reflects a modern take on classical international and local food dishes, specifically designed to complement Vergelegen's award-winning wines. The Sommelier and his restaurant team guide diners through the menu and recommended wine selections to ensure a relaxed and memorable food and wine experience. Regrettably, Camphors is not child-friendly.
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We love to visit Vergelegen, the history of the place is interesting. The gardens are beautiful. Then there is Camphor. We visited for Sunday lunch on the terrace, is was a great experience. For main course I had East coast hake which was one of the best fish dishes I have eaten. The other courses were all excellent, innovative combinations well presented. We found it to be slightly formal service. The waiters were well trained and knew the menu and wines. Fabulous chocolates at the end! A very good day out.

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Thank susieQ321_12
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

The table we were given was a very large horseshoe shaped one - there were 5 of us and either side of the table was so far apart from one another that we had to shout to be heard, in the end we shuffled together, this was not helped by the table of 4 behind us who were also shouting at one another. The food was well presented but not by any means outstanding. A nice evening because of the company but expensive and with only mediocre service. Our friends who have been many times say that lunch outside is the perfect experience!

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Thank Polly D
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

What a great and superb lunch in a beautiful environment. We Has also very wines and extraordinary service. We will ne back!

Thank Pierangela S
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Came back to Camphors after a couple of month to check whether our extraordinary experience in november 17 was just a lucky punch. It wasn’t. Also the new menu with the new wine pairings offers really remarkable combinations:
Starting with a beautiful carrot, ricotta finds smoked dish accompanied with a delicate and well balances chardonnay reserve 2016.
Followed by a creamy snook which made the otherwise pretty acid 2016 schaapenberg reserve sauvignon blank just smooth and beautiful.
The main fish course was hake - a bit too rich for me - but again an nice match with the semillion res. 2016
An awesome pair is the springbok tatar with the 2014 shiraz - just sensational.
The maincourse i would call a camphors classic: five types of lamb with their two top bordeaux style top reds - the 2012 GVB and the Cabernet Sauvignon of the same vintage. Not being a bordeaux lover, the GVB is just a remarkable wine.
The menu ended with a nice pre dessert an a pineapple-cashew dish and a nice 2013 straw wine.
So overall, to me, their concept and the way the live up to it is just unmatched: the best wine-food pairings in za presented by really attentive and competent staff.

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Thank Monacofranke
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Yes, my springbok carpaccio was out of this world, the hake special and fantastic, the plum sorbet delicous. It was a special for me because i am allegic to nuts. But what really lifts this restaurant above the rest is the service. Waiters smiling, talking, answering questions with pleasure. Christo, the manager/somelier is so friendly and his knowledge about food and wine is spectecular. I enjoyed every minute of the conversation with him. What a nice time at Vergelegen.

Thank Helmut M
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