The culinary team at Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West have set up a gourmet hot dog café in estate’s scenic Nguni cattle pastures. “Following President Ramaphosa’s latest announcement, we’re celebrating that we can welcome sit-down guests and offer on-site wine consumption again,” says Vergelegen MD Wayne Coetzer.
“We’ve decided to make the most of this great news and our fantastic outdoor setting. Guests can enjoy delicious made-to-order food, drink in the views, and relax in a one-of-a-kind rustic environment while remaining socially distanced.”
There are two seating options – a glass conservatory or an outdoor grass-covered deck. Vergelegen Executive Chef Michael Cooke has developed a choice of Asian, German and French-style toppings for the beef, pork or vegetarian hot dogs.
“The ‘loaded’ Asian hotdog offers topping ingredients such as slaw, Japanese-style (kewpie) mayonnaise and nori seaweed; the German-inspired topping includes mustard, sauerkraut and pickles; and the French-style topping incorporates truffle aioli, Comté cows’ milk cheese, and bacon bits,” says Cooke.
“You can order fries with mayonnaise on the side, and we’ve developed the ultimate chocolate éclair with milk tart filling.”
Opening prices are R80/hotdog with topping, R40 for a kiddies’ hot dog, R35 for the dessert éclair, R30 for side fries.