Food And Wine Pairing Spots In Pretoria

  When a tasty dish is paired with just the right glass of wine, eating out suddenly turns into a memorable gastronomic experience. If you’re looking for more than just another plate of food, put on something dressy and try out the food and wine pairings available at these restaurants. Eat, drink and be merry!

Zest Bistro

Zest Bistro offers a wine recommendation for all meals on its menu. If you’re still not sure about which vino to have, co-owner Sidney Cousins happily offers further wine pairing advice from the bistro’s small yet select wine list. Zest Bistro also offers a set four-course food and wine pairing meal for R500 per person or a five-course meal, with wines, for R600 per person.

Zest regularly hosts exclusive wine tasting evenings. The lineup of wine estates booked for August wine tastings includes Cederberg, Overgaauw, Beaumont and Kloovenburg. Attendance is limited to 32 guests per evening, so book your spot well in advance.

Details: Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park / 012 460 0275 /

De Kloof Restaurant

De Kloof was the first restaurant in Gauteng to stock craft beer, way back in 2011, and in similar style the wine list doesn’t include the familiar, expected names. The wine selection philosophy at De Kloof is to find the best tasting vintages at the very best price, cultivating a collection that exceeds expectations.

De Kloof offers a five-course tasting menu for R395, which you can opt to pair with recommended wines for R195 or enjoy bottomless bubbly with your meal for R185.

Details: Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johan Rissik Drive, Waterkloof / 012 771 8655 /

Granita at Kieviets Kroon

Granita, Kieviets Kroon Country Estate’s signature restaurant, has been awarded the Diamond Award in the Diners Club International Wine List of the Year Awards for seven consecutive years. So, if you’re looking for a place that cultivates outstanding wine, Granita is the perfect choice.

Granita offers a seasonal six-course gourmet dinner tasting menu. Each course is paired with an exclusive pick from the estate’s award-winning wine list. If you’re looking for a daytime pairing option, Granita also offers a five-course Sunday lunch menu. This sophisticated lunch menu affords guests the option of pairing each course with recommended wines sold by the glass.

Kieviets Kroon is bringing some of the finest Cape wine estates to Gauteng, with two interactive wine tasting evenings presented alongside award-winning winemakers from De Grendel (on 29 July) and Paul Cluver (on 26 August) estates. Seating is limited so book your table today!


The Black Bamboo

The Black Bamboo restaurant is a five-star synergetic food, wine and art experience. Renowned chef Pellie Grobler expertly crafts the ever-evolving menu, with suggested pairing options from a remarkable wine list for each artistic meal. The Black Bamboo offers a stellar seven-course tasting menu with wine pairing for R750.

Follow The Black Bamboo on social media for details of wine tasting events hosted at this chic restaurant.

Details: Menlyn Boutique Hotel, Tugela Road, Ashlea Gardens / 084 508 9752 /

Priva Lounge

Priva Lounge is an upscale fine dining restaurant with a champagne bar and cigar lounge, topped off with live music from a resident jazz band. The internationally qualified sommelier team at Priva pair exotic and exclusive wines to their unique dishes, providing guests with an exceptional dining experience.

Priva offers a five-course Gastronomique set menu with fine wine parings for R798.

Details: 103 Club Avenue, Waterkloof Heights / 012 346 4849 /

La Pentola

La Pentola is one of Pretoria’s long-standing culinary favourites. For the last two decades it has been ranked among the top restaurants in the city and boasts one of the Top 20 wine lists in the country. With wines selected from a Diners Club Excellence Award-winning list, La Pentola offers exquisite cuisine accompanied by only the finest selection of wines.

Details: Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale / 012 329 4028 /

By Jana van der Linde