We are infrequent (being retired, and money-tight) diners at Christina's Bistro at the Van Loveren wine estate outside Robertson, Western Cape.
We live in Swellendam, and the 118 km round trip to dine on the best fillet steak I have eaten in my life makes the fuel cost worthwhile.
Today we decided to make the trip form our home, and I phoned Christina's and made a booking for 13h00. It was fortunate that we did make the booking as the restaurant, when we arrived, was almost full.
Outside seating was not an option as the weather was quite cold, being mid-winter in South Africa.
We were shown to our reserved table, and the menus were supplied .. we had already decided we would both have the 250g fillet steak, which (as per the menu) comes with potato wedges, plus battered, deep-fried onion rings.
The steak arrived, complete with chunky potato wedges, but with no onion rings. We struggled to catch the attention of a waitress ... fair enough, the restaurant was very busy .., so we tucked into the sublime (as always) medium-rare fillet. It truly is the best fillet I have ever had, and I have eaten fillet in many countries in the world. We did without the onion rings.
Christina's is a gem of a venue, serving excellent food, and we have always had great service in the past. I would like to think that the absence of our onion rings was a one-time slip in otherwise good service ... I'll have to go back soon.
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