The Poet at Matfield
The Poet at Matfield is the epitome of the idyllic countryside retreat. The decor is warm and inviting, as is the friendly team, led by co-owner Andy Urbanek.
When it comes to the menu, everything is incredible. Talented chef-patron Petrus Madutlela and his team balance flavours, textures and colours to create dishes that are beautiful as well as delicious. The menu changes regularly to showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients, with each option accompanied by a suggested wine pairing. The team works with a trusted list of suppliers, ensuring everything is of the highest quality. Perhaps begin with venison Carpaccio and lobster with truffle mayonnaise, turnip and pumpernickel, or the vegetarian-friendly tomatoes, labneh, aubergine and green olive tapenade. From the main-course offering, choose from the likes of lamb rump matched with glazed beets, pommes Anna and cauliflower purée, or pork collar with soy-braised pork cheek, spring onion and turnip. If you’d prefer to complement your meal with a spirit rather than wine, The Poet at Matfield works closely with local distillers to offer patrons a bespoke collection of gin.
In the summer, The Poet at Matfield hosts braai (South African barbecues) on Saturday lunchtimes, as well as other special events including the annual gin festival held on Sunday 25th August. No matter when you visit, booking ahead is highly recommended. On Tuesday evenings, the steak and malbec offering is almost irresistible, and the tasting menu is available Wednesday and Thursday evenings.