Food, coffee and wine...three of the essential components that make life equal parts adventure and occasion! Or at least that is what I thought...you see experiencing these finer things in life without people is both meaningless and a serious concern for alcoholism! (aaaaand the blog just got super corny...but I promise the cringe contains truth...so stay tuned) anyway, this is essentially what i experienced when I visited the famous Paulina's restaurant on rickety bridge wine farm! Great service, food, coffee and wine...centered around people and atmosphere. To be honest i wanted to add an adjective before the word 'atmosphere'...but I am a bit confuzzled (not technically a word...but it’s on urban dictionary...so its close enough) by the atmosphere I experienced. Paulina's so CALLED x-factor is encapsulated in the duality of an atmosphere that is both warm and inviting and classy and pristine. Or to describe it as a metaphor, it is the equivalent of wearing a wedding dress with sneakers (classy and comfortable). But let's be honest "atmosphere" is only 30% of the reason people go to restaurants...90% of the importance is in the food (ok so I’m not great a maths). So let's get down to the raw breakdown of Paulina’s (food pun intended):
food: as seen by the photo bellow, I had a burger with an exquisite glass of Road to Santiago Semillon. (Disclaimer: I have no formal food background, I am simply a judgy human who likes to eat). So the first thing I noticed was that the chips were both crispy, fresh and seasoned. Chips, although not the main dish, is a grossly underappreciated component of a good plate of food. Chips is what you snack on after the main course is done and is therefore the last taste that remains in your mouth. Furthermore, every aspect of the plate should contain evident effort and skill (even if it is as simple as using fresh oil to make your chips). Anyway, long story short, I like chips and have tasted too many soggy, unsalted, old, freezer variety potato sticks. So a big part of me was won over when the chips were good. Then for the burger, the patties were freshly made, the bun slightly toasted and the garnish not recycled. All-in all ...a great meal.
Drinks: the wine i drank was a variety made at rickety bridge and was delicious (but we will get into this in our next blog) and the coffee was both necessary (after the wine) and strong. Coffee, like chips, is often a neglected component of a menu. However, once again Paulina’s gained my approval.
Something extra: ok, so I admit this category may not be completely necessary, but to truly do justice to Paulina’s, there are 3 more things I have to mention. Firstly, the view is truly ethereal (honestly one of my favourite words). The restaurant has a view of the vineyards, the franshhoek valley and the mountains. Secondly, the service. Rickety bridge seems to be a close knit family and this is evident in the way everyone is treated at the farm. Not only are the staff well clued up about the food and wine but they seem passionate about the farm as well. Lastly, possibly most importantly, the heritage. Rickety bridge is one of the oldest farms in franshhoek and quite progressively, one of their previous owners, Paulina de Villiers, was the second female land owner in South Africa. Apart from being a trendsetter for the whole of womankind, Paulina was truly the soul of the farm and is aptly celebrated and commemorated by the restaurant named in her honour!
As I always say, I love being challenged, so if you don't believe what I have written...I dare you to experience Paulina’s yourself! Stay tuned for a series of blogs celebrating the unique phenomenon that is rickety bridge! #bridgethegap
"It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what human life is all about - Enjoying things!"