Fancourt Estate, outside George, may be most famous for its Gary Player-designed golf courses, but it is increasingly carving out a niche for itself as a foodie destination. Alongside its casual Italian- and fine-dining venues, the latest addition to the culinary kitbag is Monet’s. This bistro-deli overlooks the estate’s Outeniqua course, offering wonderful fairway- and mountain views from the terrace. Indoors, a decor revamp has created an airy bistro feel of blonde wood and cosy banquettes. You’ll find a menu inspired by French bistro cuisine – expect the likes of oven-baked goat’s-cheese tarts, moules marinière with a rustic baguette for mopping up the sauce, and hand-chopped steak tartare given a lift with pickled exotic mushrooms and fried capers. Monet’s also offers a small deli section, where you can buy fresh breads to take home, alongside a delicious selection of jams, preserves and pickles. To finish, there’s a choice of French classics: crêpes Suzette with Grand Marnier-infused ice cream, and an apple tarte Tatin. Fancourt Estate, George; 044-804-0539; fancourt.co.za.
By Richard Holmes