Don’t you just love it when something new turns out to be something that surprises and delights?  On Saturday we decided to go for lunch at the brand new The Skotnes Restaurant at the newly opened Norval Foundation Art Museum!  And what an absolute pleasure it was!

The Norval Foundation Art Museum  is considered a stylish new visual art museum boasting one of South Africa’s largest private collections.

We decided to go for lunch rather than dinner at The Skotnes Restaurant because we had heard the sculpture garden was really worth a visit and wanted to walk around and enjoy it!  Needless to say, it was raining and raining quite hard, so we weren’t able to have a walk around – and we couldn’t even complain because we need the rain!!  That being said, the views from anywhere in The Skotnes Restaurant are magnificent – you look out over the natural gardens straight up to the mountains – it’s hard to believe that you are in suburbia – the setting is really perfect and beautifully designed!! And to add to this, as this is an area of environmental importance, work has been carefully performed to simultaneously rehabilitate and restore the surrounding sensitive wetland system.

We started off with perusing the wine list – it is extensive and features premium wines with at least one wine by the glass option for each cultivar.  The Skotnes Restaurant is able to do this because the Executive Chef Phil de Villiers had decided that it was imperative that they have a Le Verre de Vin wine preservation system installed on setting up the restaurant.  He had previously led at the Primal Eatery and had experienced the value of having their Le Verre De Vin system for their wine preservation – a must for any wine by the glass offering.  He ordered  a Le Verre de Vin Tower.  The Tower can be configured to fit virtually any bar operation to create a bespoke wine service station: stand alone, wall mounted or fixed to existing or new refrigeration

So, knowing that any wine that we selected by the glass would have been freshly preserved with their Le Verre de Vin system, I selected the Kaapzicht Shiraz and my partner had the Skotnes Chardonnay. And  this is why the wine by the glass offering is so key – we were able to choose the wines that we both wanted (because they were not the same)and could just have a glass or two ….. no one should ever underestimate the power of offering their patrons a choice!!  And we each had a wine that perfectly complemented the food that we were eating.

Ashley was our waitress and she is an absolute gem.  She had the wonderful combination of knowing when to be attentive and when to step back.  She was knowledgeable about our food and about Cecil Skotnes, the artist who the restaurant was named after.  My partner ordered the sword fish which he thoroughly enjoyed and I had a really tasty, butter soft rib eye steak – cooked to perfection without being slathered in basting sauces – one of the best steaks that I have had in ages.

So all in all, this was a great experience and a recommended visit – we loved being there in the day because the setting was so beautiful.  Next time we will make sure that we go when there is no rain and when we have more time to wander around the exhibitions.

If you would like to know more about Le Verre de Vin and how you can really reap the benefit of offering a range of wine by the glass too, then please contact us on 021 788 9788 or email us at and we will be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.