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Lunch might be over when the distant orange-pink mountains change their hue. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave.

Take a seat overlooking the Rickety Bridge vineyards. Sip a glassful of crisp estate wine and enjoy a delicious lunch while drinking in the splendour of the magnificent surroundings. Every creation from our team of talented chefs is given extra zest by the striking beauty of the setting and stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains.

Rickety Bridge is an enchanting Franschhoek wine estate that earns its place in the Cape’s cuisine capital. Franschhoek is home to some of the best restaurants in South Africa.

The Restaurant in the Vines has made way for Paulina’s, named in honour of the original owner of the property in 1797, Paulina de Villiers.

In keeping with current culinary trends, the restaurant features a variety of half and full portions of its exciting bistro style menu, allowing diners the opportunity to sample and share dishes.

Executive chef Melissa Bruyns (previously at Haute Cabriere and Westin Grand) explains: “the half portions are larger than a conventional tapas serving, so ideal for sharing, or having as a starter. I believe in using fresh seasonal ingredients, and letting them speak for themselves, beautifully prepared and presented, but without over-elaboration. We have planted a herb and vegetable garden on Rickety Bridge to ensure that I have plenty to work with”

“Favourites include the seafood risotto (served with braised fennel and topped with Café de Paris butter and pecorino), crisp pork belly (with fried greens, wasabi mash and sweet chilli and ginger sauce), chicken and tiger prawn coconut curry (served with fragrant Jasmine rice) and salmon trout fish cakes.

Some of the dishes are served as main portions only, for example the Springbok carpaccio, line fish, gourmet burger and chargrilled beef fillet.

Paulina’s is open for lunch seven days a week.

The restaurant spills out from a cozy thatched area onto decks with views over the vineyards and mountains. Umbrellas and a Bedouin tent provide cover and shade.

Contact Paulina’s: Call +27 (0)21 876 2129 or Cell: +27 (0)83 377 4103

Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 16:00

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