Fyndraai Restaurant – Dining at Solms-Delta
Fyndraai Restaurant has a very unique and local twist on popular Franschhoek restaurants. Situated on the Solms-Delta Wine Estate, it offers a modern take on traditional Cape cuisine whilst showcasing the history of the area. Click here for menu details – the cuisine like its adventurous wines and atmospheric farmstead, lives up to the Solms-Delta claim of being proudly Hiervandaan (‘from this place’).
Dishes explore the diverse culinary heritage of the Cape, uniting European, Asian and African flavours in a fusion of tradition and creativity. Syrups and sauces enliven veldkos; elements of Afrikaner boerekos, with its strong ‘Cape Malay’ (slave) influences, are blended with ingredients favoured by the Khoi nomads who lived in the Franschhoek Valley thousands of years ago. All appetisingly plated for maximum eye and taste appeal.
The restaurant is part of a larger conservation initiative on the estate called the Dik Delta Fynbos Culinary Gardens, part of a greater 15ha fynbos and renosterveld park currently under development. A nursery is in the process of being established to propagate the most edible indigenous flora.
Fyndraai restaurant is housed in what was once the old stables and workers’ accommodation on the farm, and is significant for its association with the current and past farm worker, some of whom were born and raised in the building.
The musical theme is carried from the neighboring Music van de Caab centre into the restaurant.
Colour photographs of the various musical ensembles and events that form part of the Music van de Caab project, line the restaurant’s walls. Displayed alongside them are black and white photographs selected for their musical content from the Cape Archives, the Paarl Heemkring Collection and the Bleek & Lloyd Collection of the UCT Libraries Visual Archives. The indigenous photographs were taken by Dorothea Bleek, who went on many expeditions to study Bushmen dialects and rock art in the Kalahari, Botswana, Angola and Tanzania.
The restaurant’s back wall has been brought to life with a vibrantly coloured mural that provides a timeline of the music of the Cape and its influences from around the world. From early human development to European colonization, the unmistakable beat of the ghoema drum, langarm and Cape Jazz, Cape music is a fascinating example of how contact finds cultural expression. With a timeline that stretches across the bottom of the mural, Cape music is situated within the wider world – from Mozart to Motown. From a distance, the influences read like a sheet of music, each note adding to the melting pot that is Cape music. Up close, each note invites further exploration, with interesting details of the Cape’s musical heritage.
There are two indoor dining areas: a room that seats 30, and a striking glass structure, which can seat up to 60. Additional outdoor seating for at least 60 is available on the stoep and the lawn. Each of the two rooms as well as the outside area will be available for private functions, as well as regular dining.
Solms-Delta has become synonymous with genuine upliftment. In keeping with this policy, all waitrons have been recruited from the resident farmworker families or from the Franschhoek area, many of whom have lived on the farm ‘sommer van altyd’ (just since forever). Eager, friendly and smiling, they have undergone intensive training and really believe in the Solms philosophy that what is most local is most lekker.
Fyndraai is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. From 10am to noon drinks and snacks only are served, from noon till 5pm lunch is served (kitchen closes 4pm). Set menus are available for groups – booking required.
For those wishing to picnic in the Cape winelands, the estate offers appetising picnic baskets from Fyndraai restaurant for R145 per person with delicious vegetarian options. Private picnic spots are spread out along the estate’s enchanting riverside forest, with safe areas for kids to swim and Dad to do some fly fishing! Click here for details and to see our picnic menu. Pre-booking essential.
Or call us on 021 874 3937 ext 142.
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