Did you know?
Laurence Graff, owner of Delaire Graff Estate, has personally curated an art collection at the wine estate to make it an art destination.
Indochine Restaurant on the Delaire Graff wine estate in the Stellenbosch area of the Western Cape offers Asian fusion cuisine, as its name suggests. Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Indian inspirations are evident on the menu in a range of dishes that are more contemporary than traditional. Diners travel from near and far to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and delight their taste buds with the delicious dishes on offer.
The menu is not overly long, but is very well thought out, and there are some very unusual combinations. For example, you can expect tuna that has been given an Indonesian laksa treatment, or lamb shank done Thai green curry style. Side dishes and desserts mix diverse ingredients, such as broccoli with shiitake mushrooms and panna cotta with wasabi. Try the unripe papaya salad; the salmon trout with char siu, ginger, lime, honey, pineapple and greens; or the beef rogan josh with fresh flavours of lemon grass, cardamom and ginger.
Indochine is renowned for its ponzu duck, served as a starter, and its red Thai duck breast. For dessert, try the banana and white chocolate spring rolls or the caramelised apple honey tart. For those who don't have a sweet tooth, a delectable cheese platter for two (consisting of cheeses from local farms) is on offer. Please note that menu changes depending on what ingredients are in season.
The restaurant enhances its dishes through the use of organic ingredients from local farms and the estate’s own greenhouse. The wine list is small and chosen to match the spicy fare, and features some Delaire Graff vintages sold by the glass.
The restaurant’s interior features blue leather seating, copper tabletops and dark wood. Glass doors opening out on to a terrace make the most of the stunning views that stretch over a valley toward the mountains.
It’s worthwhile taking a look around the estate, which has positioned itself as one of South Africa’s most desirable art, hospitality and wine destinations. Its facilities include two restaurants (the other being the Delaire Graff Restaurant), a winery, exclusive lodges, a spa and two luxury boutiques. In the wine lounge with its impressive art collection, knowledgeable wine tutors are on hand to advise visitors on their wine purchases.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)21 885 8160
How to get here
Full directions and GPS details are on the website.
Best time to visit
Indochine is open for lunch from Monday to Sunday, noon until 2.30pm; and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
Tours to do
Take a tour of the Delaire Graff Estate and view the incredible art collection, featuring some of the country's best artists.
What will it cost
A main course will cost in the region of R130 to R150, excluding wine.
Where to stay
Stay in one of the 10 private lodges at the Delaire Graff Estate. Each spacious lodge has its own plunge pool and butler service.
What to eat
The chicken lataing, the duck dishes, the beef rendang and the delectable desserts.
Delaire Graff wines. These can be shipped back home.