Birthday celebration at No 6-Restaurant on Welbedacht Wine Estate: 29 November 2015.

This year I decided to take Lynnette somewhere different for her birthday. I didn’t have anything specific in mind and neither had I defined “different” for myself either. Then my eye caught a line in a blog about No 6 written by a fellow guide and it sounded nice, so I decided to give it a shot and booked. Looking back, that in itself was a strange decision because I am normally very wary of restaurants named after sports personalities and don’t ask me why either because I don’t know.

We left early and I took Lynnette on a tour of Wellington before driving out to the Welbedacht Wine Estate (Go here to find out more about the Estate) and No 6 Restaurant (Go here to view information about the restaurant.) and even then we were about 30 minutes early. On the drive into the estate, I got a bit of a shock because there was a notice up “Closed – Private Function”. Now that was all I needed! I parked the car, asked Lynnette to wait for me and went off to give the restaurant a piece of my mind. As I approached I was met by a very friendly young lady who explained (and apologized) that the function had been the previous day, but that they had forgotten to take the notice down.

A panorama from our table showing the courtyard with the restaurant on the left and the tasting facilities o the right. The cellar is directly behind me.
A panorama from our table showing the courtyard with the restaurant on the left and the tasting facilities on the right. The cellar is directly behind me.
A closer look at the view across the dam. Paardeberg and Malmesbury are on teh far left and Kasteelberg with Riebeek-West adn Riebeek-Kasteel on the far right
A closer look at the view across the dam. Paardeberg and Malmesbury are on the far left and Kasteelberg with Riebeek-West and Riebeek-Kasteel on the far right

We were shown to our table where we first ordered cold water to cool down and then just relaxed and chit-chatted while we enjoyed the very pleasant, peaceful surroundings and soaked up the lovely view. Then it was time to get on with the celebration and the eating so we kicked off with the estate’s sparkling wine; a very respectable Chardonnay blanc prepared by the méthode champenoise. Our waitron gave us a thorough briefing on the menu and we decided to go with her recommendation, which is also something we seldom do. The menu is apparently changed on a weekly basis but certain items are retained as anchors by the instruction of Schalk Burger. The Trippa alla Parmigiana and the Lazy Aged Sirloin have this distinction.

The Birthday Lady sporting her new Red-Look.
The Birthday Lady sporting her new Red-Look.
There is absolutely no possibility of missing something in the "fine print" on this menu.
There is absolutely no possibility of missing something in the “fine print” on this menu.

Lynnette decided to skip the starters but I ordered the Trippa a la Parmigiana. Knowing Lynnette I ordered the larger portion and an extra spoon. True to form her “just a little taste” became several “little tastes”. The Trippa was, however, very tasty and well worth the extra “tasting”. It had just the right amount of tomato with a good Parmesan and freshly chopped basil sprinkled on top.

For mains, we both went for the Lazy Aged Sirloin as recommended by our waitron, but emphasized that we wanted it exactly medium rare and not a hairsbreadth to either side of that. The sirloin arrived absolutely perfectly done to our taste. The chips were hot and crisp on the outside but still soft inside and the side salad was just the right amount to compliment the steak. I was absolutely delighted that the steak was not served with any sauce so one could enjoy the full flavour of the flame-grilled meat.

With the sirloin, I had the 2010 Cricket Pitch as recommended by the waitron. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and, apart from being a very capable companion to the sirloin, it is a quite outstanding wine in its own right. I bought a second bottle to take home and enjoy at my leisure when the weather gets colder.

This is a wine which I can recommend without ant reservations whatsoever.
This is a wine which I can recommend without any reservations whatsoever.

My dessert was the Vanilla Pannacotta with fresh berries which I would have preferred a bit colder. Considering how hot it was, a touch of heat exhaustion was acceptable, but it was very tasty, which made up for the slight melting. The touch of mint also worked well with the berry flavours.

A very pleasant and relaxed dining experience, and a perfect way to celebrate Lynnette’s birthday. No, I am not allowed to say how old she is but I really love her red hair. A big thank you to No 6 and the very efficient staff, for making Sunday the 29th a memorable occasion for Lynnette and I.