11 February 2013 by Colin Ford

Sunday lunch at Mo & Rose

Travelling along the R60 between Robertson and Ashton, you could be forgiven for missing the sign to Klaasvoogds West. It’s entirely non-descript: a fading road sign at odds with the spectacular scenery of the Robertson wine valley in the Western Cape.

The Mo & Rose Wine Bistro terrace waiting for its lunch patrons

But, as any seasoned seat-of-the-pants traveller will tell you, it's often the least likely looking path that leads to the most pleasant surprises.

And as far as surprises go, Mo & Rose is top of the list. This delightful bistro/guest house/feature garden is located on an ordinary dirt road that leads off Route 62, hailed by many as the longest wine route in the world.

The architecture, the succulents, the views, the friendly and efficient staff, the wine and the food (oh, the food!) make a visit to this owner-managed establishment a must while visiting this part of the Western Cape.

Sunday lunch at the bistro is a highlight of any weekend. As a first-timer, you'll want to order everything on the antipasti menu. Do it: it's deliciously decadent and makes for a superbly social meal-for-four, especially when coupled with a bottle of local bubbly. Or two.

Regulars recommend the herb-risotto with (or without) crayfish, the rack of lamb and owner-chef Axel Daniel's wildly popular surf 'n turf.

Walk off your meal in the Soekershof (seekers' courtyard), a fascinating garden founded in the 1950s that features hundreds of species of succulents.

As a first-timer, you’ll want to order everything on the antipasti menu. Do it: it’s deliciously decadent and makes for a superbly social meal-for-four.

You'll expect the sounds of croquet mallets and the Queen of Hearts shouting 'Off with their heads' around every turn – more so if you opted for that second bottle of bubbly at lunch!

The Wine Bistro at Mo & Rose is open for lunch and dinner all through summer, although Sunday dinner is by reservation only. The bistro is closed on Sunday nights, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the cooler months, mid-May to end-September.

Mo & Rose also offers a small boutique guest house and can custom-make events packages for small groups of up to 40 people.

Category: Food & Wine

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