Recently a friend and I were treated to an amazing lunch at Spier’s restaurant, Eight. We were given the best service from the moment we arrived and thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon in the Stellenbosch countryside.
Spier prides themselves on recycling, re-using and being as sustainable as possible. When you enter Eight, the first thing you’ll notice is the incredible lighting which was designed by local artist, Heath Nash. The ceiling on the terrace is lined with over 10 000 individually crafted flowers made from recycled white plastic milk bottles, so beautiful! And the light fittings in the main part of the restaurant are also made from recycled plastic bottles. Interesting artworks and rustic furniture create a lovely, relaxed setting.
Eight’s menu is seasonal, depending on what’s available. They use fresh produce from their own garden or nearby farms, keeping it local. For those of you following the banting diet, you’ll be pleased that there’s a special selection for you too! All of the food that we tasted was beautifully presented and absolutely mouth watering. Right from the start, with fresh farm bread served on a wooden board with butter wrapped as little sweets. Attention to detail and unique touches is what makes this restaurant a treat.
I had the Pan fried trout for my main which was delicious, followed by a decadent flourless chocolate cake. Seriously, the best cake I have had in ages! Of course, you can pair Spier’s award winning wines with your meals, my favourite was their 21 Gables Chenin Blanc.
I’m looking forward to doing a full wine tasting at their tasting room next time round and perhaps a gourmet picnic by the dam.
Eight is also open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings | Contact: +27 (21) 809 1188
All photography: Lana Kenney ©
Disclosure: I was treated to a lunch for two by Eight Restaurant however I only post about a product or brand if it’s a good fit for the Lanalou Style aesthetic and if it’s something I genuinely approve of.