Walking into Leopard’s Leap is a breath of fresh air with its beautiful, airy and light modern design. It is a wonderful space, beautifully designed with the modern world in mind. Situated in the stunning Franschhoek Valley with beautiful views through floor to ceiling glass windows that line the restaurant, this is the perfect space for a family lunch outing. The restaurant serves an informal and hearty Rotisserie Lunch from Wednesday to Sunday.
There is a play area outside with two jungle gyms, in view of the restaurant tables, and plenty of lawn space for the kids to run wild and play ball games, so come prepared.
The Rotisserie Lunch consists of simple, fresh and seasonal food, full of flavour beautifully complimented by Leopard’s Leap wines. Every detail is taken care of by passionate head Chef Pieter de Jager with a variety of tender, juicy meats cooked to succulent perfection served from the state-of-the-art Rotisol spit including his famous Pork Belly. On the Harvest Table you will find a selection of seasonal salads and vegetables sourced from the biologic vegetable and herb garden on the farm.
Dessert consists of individual mini portions of delights such as Chocolate Mousse, Peppermint Crisp Dessert, Tiramisu, Chocolate Brownies and Cheesecake.
This is a great setup for parents with young kids as you can eat at your own pace and the spacious restaurant is ideal for large groups and celebrations. The way it works is when you are ready to start you collect a plate at the Harvest Table, select your salads and veggies, then your plate is weighed, then you select the meat of your choice. It is completely up to you if you would prefer to eat in stages and have salads first, and then meat, and you may return as many times as you like. Your plate is weighed each time. There is a separate menu for kids. The food is delicious and prices are reasonable.
They offer a variety of innovative wine cocktails, a delightful dessert alternative or simply for sipping on the veranda, watching the sunset over the vineyards.
Together with its primary commitment of making quality wines Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has three special passions: food, conservation and literature.
At Leopard’s Leap their philosophy is: Wine is seen as one of life’s great pleasures, to be enjoyed in the company of good friends and exciting foods.
They are a proud sponsor of the Cape Leopard Trust, an NGO that aims at optimally facilitating the conservation of the Cape region’s predators, in particular the endangered Cape Mountain Leopard. In support of their passion for literature Leopard’s Leap is closely involved in promoting South African literature and the advancement of local authors through sponsorship’s and the creation of platforms.
At the Estate they have created a reading corner for personal browsing through a wide variety of subjects.
There is a welcoming and artfully designed social wine tasting area within the main dining room space and is the ideal space for an informal introduction to the versatile range of Leopard’s Leap wines. There are three ranges from the fun-loving Lookout Range for everyday enjoyment, the well-structured and versatile Classic Collection, as well as the Culinaria Collection that is exclusively available from the estate.
The premium range, the Culinaria Collection consisting of six wines, all celebrate the harmony in which food and wine complement one another. This range is available exclusively from our Tasting Room.
- Wine Tasting costs R25 for any five wines from the Family Collection, Classic or Lookout range.
- The premium Culinaria Collection Tastings cost R40 per person, exclusively available in the Tasting Room.
- Private group tastings are available at R50 per person. These tastings need to be booked and paid in advance.
On Friday mornings join one of Leopard’s Leap’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic Wine Tasting Ambassador for the Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing – a tasting of the six wines in the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection, each paired with an example of an ideal food partner.
TIME: Fridays at 12pm | COST: R120 per person | Reservations essential, 48 hours in advance.
Cooking Classes ‘Masterchef Style’
Think Masterclass! This is such a great concept and I have not seen it anywhere else!! 🙂
If you are passionate cook looking to further your culinary skills or a clueless one (like me :-/) looking to domesticate yourself in the kitchen this is the place. It looks like loads of fun and is perfect for all culinary levels.
The cooking classes are presented by the wonderful Leopard’s Leap head chef Pieter de Jager, and visiting local and international chefs. The programme covers a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods with a varied menu of seasonal and topical recipes. A full program can be found on their website.
Classes are presented in the state-of-the-art and exceptionally well equipped Leopard’s Leap kitchen, accommodating 22 students per class. Customised cooking classes are arranged for special celebrations, family get-togethers and corporate theme-building events.
This is an awesome idea! It would make a great date outing too 🙂
Cooking Classes Coming Up…
17 & 18 November: COCKTAILS & CANAPÉS
Canapés, amuse bouche, petit fours or hors d’oeuvres – whatever you would like to call them, they are delicious bite-sized morsels that are the ideal way to get a party going, to entertain elegantly or to wow your guests with an array of exotic ingredients and delicate tastes. Chef Pieter de Jager will not only share the recipes – perfect for end of the year get-togethers – but show you how to make these fabulous bites as well as a selection of sassy wine cocktails to get the party started with maximum fun and minimum hassle!
1 & 2 December: CHRISTMAS – IMPRESS WITH LESS STRESS
Looking for some fresh inspiration for that all-important Christmas meal, but not all that conﬁdent with your culinary skills? Take the stress out of organising Christmas Day with Chef Pieter de Jager’s festive show stoppers – from gammon to sprouts, mince pies to triﬂe. Give these traditional family favourites some modern ﬂair and treat your loved ones to a celebratory meal!
The Leopard’s Leap shop offers an interesting selection of trendy wine accessories, practical life-style gifts, take-home souvenirs, tableware, linen ware, a large variety of internationally renowned kitchen equipment and utensils, as well as a comprehensive collection of food literature.
R45 Main Road, Franschhoek | Tel: 021 – 876 8002 | www.leopardsleap.co.za
Thank you Leopard’s Leap for a wonderful lunch 🙂