Opulent Elegance – Lord Nelson Restaurant – Apr ‘19

Having never visited the Lord Nelson Restaurant, we were excited by the prospect, as we have already visited Planet Restaurant as well as having visited the Chef’s Table, which we have loved by the way.

What a start to our Restaurant Week journey, our host, waiter and all the staff at the Belmond Mount Nelson, made us feel extra special and the ambience and dishes were all top class.

We already planning our next visit and for R400 p/p you certainly will not be disappointed. Do yourself a favour and make your reservation today!

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU -R400 per person

STARTERS

OSTRICH CARPACCIO

spicy raisins, fresh grapes, smoked date purée, almonds, labneh

or

SALMON TROUT TARTARE

rice cracker, seaweed puffed rice, carrot kimchi, miso cured egg yolk

MAINS

SPINACH CRUSTED SEABASS

curry leaf cream, masala roasted cauliflower, lime atchar, cauliflower leaves

or

PAN ROASTED LAMB LOIN

fine beans, confit lamb neck, slow roasted tomato, caper olive salsa, lamb bacon

DESSERTS

PEACH MELBA

vanilla ice cream, almond tuile, raspberry coulis

or

DARK CHOCOLATE FONDANT

Amarula ice cream

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For full album click here

Name: Lord Nelson Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Address: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 South

Telephone Number: +27 21 483 1000

Email Address: reservations.mnh@belmond.com

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 18:30 – 10:30pm

Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason ‘Dubbz’ Petersen

Bombay Brassiere

Bombay Brasserie at Taj Cape Town has always been on our “places to visit list”, but thus far we never quite had the opportunity to until a few days ago.

A fine dining experience bringing together flavours from across India. They offer various dining options which includes both set and a la carte menu as well as several vegetarian dishes.

Our very knowledgable waiter Matthew was on hand with recommendations as well as to advise us to what would look good on the pictures as everything tastes amazing.

One thing which I must make a point of mentioning are the aromas, oh my soul!  Dish after dish, it was the aroma of all the special spice. It’s something to experience.

NON-VEGETARIAN SET MENU EXPERIENCE

AMUSE BOUCHE

Semolina & Potato Sphere Chaat; sweet yoghurt & tamarind

TANDOORI TASTER

Mustard Marinated Broccoli Florets; onion seeds sprinkle

Malai Chicken Tikka; parmesan, cardamom & black cumin dust

Ginger Adraki Masala Karoo Lamb Chops

MAINS

Chicken Tariwala ; home favourite chicken curry enhanced with fenugreek

Jeera Aloo; new potatoes & cumin

Dal Fry; yellow lentils Served with Butter Naan or Tandoor Naan & Basmati

DESSERT

Masala Chai Brûlée; cashew nut biscotti

R425 per person

VEGETARIAN SET MENU DECADENCE AMUSE BOUCHE

AMUSE BOUCHE

Quinoa ‘Tikka’ Kebab ; cumin raita & mint chutney

TANDOORI TASTER

Kasundi Paneer Tikka; & Mint Sauce

Mustard Marinated Broccoli Florets; onion seeds sprinkle

MAINS

Gucchi Soya; morel, chestnut, mushroom & soya beans cooked in fresh tomato curry

New Potatoes & Olives; crispy baby potato with a unique blend of cumin, coriander & chilli

Dal Makhni Black lentils

Served with Butter Naan or Tandoor Naan & Basmati Served

DESSERT

Nougat ‘Kulfi’ Ice Cream berry coulis, seasonal fruit

R650 per person

For information on the next one click HERE

Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Name of Restaurant: Bombay Brasserie

Address: 1 Wale street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town

Contact Number: +27-021-819-2000

Reservations: dineplan.com

Opening times:

Monday – Sunday 18:00 – 22:30

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CHEF AND THE VINE – One & Only

Come dine with us at Reuben’s.  The iconic Reuben’s.  The famous Reuben’s.  The mere mention of this Master of Culinary delights sent waves of expectation to the palate. The dining experience was aptly named “Chef and the Vine” and promised to be an experience of note. The chef, of course, was Reuben, whilst Warwick referred to the range of wines from Warwick wine estate.

The Reuben’s Warwick Chef and the Vine Experience started with arrival in the reception lounge at the One and Only.  Seated in the very comfortable and impressive lounge, being served canapés paired with Warwick Dry Rosé First Lady 2016 by friendly and professional waiters, one could sense a wonderful sense of expectation.

AMUSE BOUCHE

The moment arrived when we were asked to make our way to Reuben’s. The expectation of good food and wine was confirmed with the serving of the amuse bouche which consisted of dill poached Franschhoek trout with gooseberry gel, lemon hazelnut bubbles and squid ink tuille. An absolute feast for the eyes and joy for the palate. Served with First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2017, this was a delight.

STARTER

The starter of sous vide sweet breads served with carrot royale, dehydrated pineapple, pinenut and pancetta granola, sage burre noisette and chardonnay jus was interesting and very tasty.  It was perfectly complemented with White Lady Chardonnay 2016.

A vegetarian option was available.

MAIN

The main course was the much-anticipated Wildebeest Loin.  Beautifully presented with pan-fried forest mushrooms, celeriac and cashew purèè, confit baby onions, crispy new potatoes, macerated tomatoes and sour cherry jus, it was enhanced by a glass of Warwick Trilogy 2014.  Although one of our party felt her serving was rather underdone, this was soon rectified. A beautiful main.

DESSERT

A beautiful meal deserves a beautiful dessert.  This was indeed the case, although the dessert was rather unusual.  The selection of South African Cheeses (baked camembert, Chevin goat’s cheese, cumin Boerenkaas on grilled baguette with smoked butter) together with the Warwick Methodè cap Classique, provided, a wonderful finale to a great evening.

A beautiful setting, wonderful food, great wines, delightful company.  A great night out.  Reuben’s and Warwick – a winning combination!!

Vegetarian options were available for every course.

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Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Name of Restaurant: OCHRE

Address: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

Contact Number: +27 (0) 21 431 5888

Email Address: restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com.

Opening times:

Breakfast Daily: 6.30 am to 11.00 am

Lunch: Private functions only

Dinner: 18.30 pm to 22.30 pm (Closed Wednesdays)

Menu

View Set Menu 1
View Set Menu 2
View Set Menu 3
View Dinner Menu

Dress code: Smart casual

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SMAK – delicatessen and restaurant.

We started the Restaurant Week SA Spring Edition, with SMAK, a vibey deli/restaurant situated in, smack bang in the concrete jungle of Bree Street, Cape Town.

At Smak they believe “that great food doesn’t have to be complicated.” Even though every dish is made-to-order, you are not left waiting or wanting. The kitchen is led by head chef, Divan Snyman, owner Katia Scherf, is hands on and ensure that everything, from front of house to the kitchen is seamlessly orchestrated to achieve an amazing dining experience for all patrons.

They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner till 20:30pm, best to contact them to confirm and reserve a table. Diners can look forward to handmade pasta; their own branded coffee; pastries and cakes. If you do not have time or a sit-down meal, they also offer made-to-order sandwiches and take away options.

We choose to do the Restaurant Week Menu, see below for the full menu.

RESTAURANT WEEK

3 COURSE DINNER

R250

***

STARTERS

Homemade soup of the day

Tuna Sashimi Salad – Asian greens, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, wasabi soya dressing

Mushroom Risotto – Creamy wild mushroom risotto finished with parmesan

Assorted Bruschetta – Chef’s selection

***

MAINS

Vegan Tacos – Hard shell tacos, chipotle chilli tofu, salsa and avocado

Moroccan Chicken Breast – Harissa spiced yoghurt chicken served with a vegetable quinoa salad

Green Pasta – Handmade tagliatelle, basil and pistachio nut pesto finished with parmesan

Line Fish – Herbed brown rice, pea purée, butter roasted carrots, mange tout and capers

Lamb Pasta – Handmade tagliatelle, slow roasted creamy lamb finished with parmesan

Homemade Lasagne – Served with a salad

Chef’s Steak – Sirloin, cumin spiced sweet potato wedges and creamy mushroom sauce

Soup

***

DESSERTS

Cheesecake – Salted butter caramel glazed baked cheesecake

Ice cream – Homemade vanilla ice cream with a toffee fudge sauce

Brownie – Warm chocolate and nut brownie finished with crème Chantilly.

***

The portions were extremely generous, and the ingredients were super fresh. That Tuna Sashimi Salad will have us going back for more, every day. If you thinking the Bruschetta wasn’t a wise choice, think again, its was probably once one the best I have hand in terms of look and more especially taste.

The Mains again were huge, and I only managed to enjoy half, but the rest was a yummy lunch the next day 😉. The Line Fish was cooked well and the rice, carrots, pea, mange tout and capers were the best accompaniments to the fish

Desserts – now they specifically mentioned their ‘Salted Caramel Cheesecake’ and its certainly didn’t disappoint, it’s quite rich, but a guilty pleasure never hurt anyone, right? The Brownie and Chantilly Crème, yet another hit.

So, all in all, we loved it, we will be back!

For full album click HERE.

Name of Restaurant: Smak

Address: Shop 3, 22 Bree Street, Cape Town

Contact Number: +27 21 418 3266

Email Address: info@smak.co.za

Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

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“Great food doesn’t have to be complicated.”

Nobu Cristal Champagne Brunch

Dining at NOBU, a Japanese sushi restaurant at the One and Only Hotel at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, is an experience to be savoured. 

We visited NOBU for the monthly Cristal Champagne Brunch, held on the last Saturday of each month.  We were greeted warmly and excitedly by the staff who called out loudly in union the Japanese welcome “Irashaimase”.  From that moment the authentic Japanese experience started.

Our waitress, Linda, was very friendly and efficient.  She ensured we were comfortable and understood the menu. 

Canape’s, with some wine, were served.  The edamame and chicken tacos proved to be worthy and tasty starters. But what was to come, proved to be worthy of being served in a Japanese palace.

The sushi buffet was a delight.  A cold buffet containing sushi of every description, as well as Tempura (offered in very interesting little containers), was followed by a hot choice of chicken or beef yakitori, black cod butter lettuce or shrimp quinoa yuzu truffle. Sushi of every description was displayed in a most attractive manner and proved as tasty as it looked.  A few trips to the buffet later (we wanted to go for more, but couldn’t!), the consensus amongst our party was that this was the tastiest sushi we had ever tasted. 

But the best was yet to come – a sunning pastry buffet! Nobu cheese, Macaroon’s, Canele, Lime spring roll, Malva pudding, Lemon tart, Chocolate cake, Pineapple Bavoise, Green Tea Raspberry Opera Cake, Ice cream, and Sorbet all formed part of the delightful sweet temptations.  Delicious all!!

The experience at NOBU is exactly that, an experience. The lovely seating, warm setting caused by great lighting creates an inviting and relaxing ambiance. A DJ played some great music as well!  Although, at R1 360, the Cristal Champagne Brunch at NOBU proved pricey, the fare on offer was wonderful.  Perhaps the foreign currencies won’t feel the pinch quite so much …

For full album click HERE.

Head Chef, Harold Hurtada and his team at Nobu for a lavish gourmet brunch every last Saturday of the month from 11.30am to 2.30pm with live DJ entertainment.

Cost

Brunch is R1380 for adults and includes a glass of bubbly on arrival. Enjoy a ‘free-flow’ of Cristal for an additional R1900 per person or R800 per person for Louis Roederer Champagne.

Children from 4 to 12 years old enjoy 50% off.

For information on the next one click HERE

Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Name of Restaurant: Nobu Restaurant

Address: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

Contact Number: +27 (0) 21 431 5888

Email Address: restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com.

Opening times:

  • Tue to Fri: 6:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Sat to Sun: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Mon: Closed

Nobu Menu’s
View Nobu Classic Menu
View Nobu Lunch Menu
View Nobu Main & Bites Menu
View Nobu Dessert Menu
View Nobu Wine & Sake

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LAPO’S KITCHEN

Visiting Lapo’s Kitchen, an Italian restaurant situated adjacent to the Josephine Mill in the Newlands Rugby Ground precinct, was a very pleasant experience where good food and good wine were complemented by good service and good company.

A cold winter’s night was forgotten once we stepped into the toasty restaurant, warmed by a roaring fire.  The ambiance was further enhanced by a myriad of candles, soft lighting and mood music played at just the right volume. We were met with welcoming drinks, and then got chatting to perfect strangers – it was that kind of atmosphere.

Chef and owner, Lapo, greeted us warmly, and, once we were seated and ready to start our meal, explained rather proudly and passionately, how he uses only organic products. 

His passionate explanation of the menu created mind pictures and an excitement about the food about to be enjoyed.  It was to be an adventure of flavours and tastes – Italian food at its best. Our party of 6 could not stop commenting on the tastiness of the servings.  The consensus later was that we had too much of the starters!!

Waiter Benson was fantastic, keeping a keen eye over the party. He was a constant presence, topping up glasses with engaging enthusiasm – yet unobtrusive

The menu, Italian food at its very best, including pastas, kudu and an Italian version of a delicious apple tart, was perfectly cooked and presented, and wonderfully enjoyed. Good food with an array of flavours, complemented by good wine and good company.

The adage of “good food takes time” played itself out in a way that enhanced the social aspect of eating out.

Lapo’s lends itself to intimate parties or group occasions, with plenty of seating (one 24 seater), dance place, and an outside balcony.

In owner Lapo’s words, “Whatever you give an Italian, he’ll do it better”.  And indeed he has.

Social Dining: Join them for a social dining experience like no other. Treat yourself to a shared feast of six carefully constructed courses with fellow foodies and friends, hosted by, Chef Lapo Magni.~ from R 690 pp

In addition they also offer Private Dining, Office Space for Meetings or Conferences as well as Cooking Classes.

Book HERE

For full album click HERE.

Name of Restaurant: Lapo’s Kitchen

Address: 13 Boundary Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700

Contact Number: 076 199 9189

Email Address: info@laposkitchen.com

Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Bientang Cave Restaurant – Hermanus

This has to be one of the most beautiful venues to enjoy a meal, it’s a cave situated on the very water’s edge in Walkers Bay, Hermanus. We sat so close, we could literally feel the light spray on our faces as the waves crashed and pounded the rocks on this little outcrop known as Bientangs cave.

This is so named after the legendary Bientang, a Khoi strandloper who inhabited this secluded cave at the turn of the 19th century. Sitting in this idyllic setting it’s not hard to visualise just what life must have been like for her, surrounded by the abundance of all manner of seafood delicacies, fruit and vegetables grown in her garden. Strangely she disappeared without a trace, and little is known around the circumstances.

Nevertheless, having heard and read quite a bit about this restaurant and all its associated accolades I was looking forward to the seafood on offer.

We opted to go for a tapas style dining experience in order to have a taste of all the little morsels on offer, and being renowned for their seafood we chose to go that route:

There was the delicious West Coast Mussels, always a firm favourite of mine, in a delicate cream and white wine sauce. I grew up on this dish and there’s nothing better.

Then there was the prawn cocktail with freshly steamed prawns, Marie Rose sauce on a bed of lettuce. This dish was ok, maybe a little too much sauce, which is strange for me to say because I’m unashamedly a “sauce” kind of person.

Next was the grilled panko prawns with sweet chilli sauce.

This is oyster country and no trip would be complete without them, they were super-fresh and tasty, we had to order an additional helping.

There was also the deep calamari and chips.

We also opted to share the Cold seafood platter that consisted of wild prawns, west coast oysters, marinated mussels, smoked salmon and homemade smoked snoek pate. this was served with seed loaf and crackers.

Now I must admit I was a little disappointed, let me explain. My comment is in no way reflective on the quality of the ingredients used, it’s just that based on the numerous accolades and awards …I was expecting a little more, more in terms of presentation, more in terms finishing touches and maybe finesse.  It seemed a little pedestrian if I’m honest and it lacked the “wow” factor in my opinion.

Amazing view, super fresh ingredients but with an average presentation I’m afraid.

For full album click HERE.

Name of Restaurant: Bientangs Cave

Address: In a cave below Marine Drive, 100m from Old Harbour, Hermanus, 7200

Contact Number: 028 312 3454

Email Address: bookings@bientangscave.com.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 11:30 till 4pm

Written for JAR Photography by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Lapo’s Kitchen

Visiting Lapo’s Kitchen, an Italian restaurant situated adjacent to the Josephine Mill in the Newlands Rugby Ground precinct, was a very pleasant experience where good food and good wine were complemented by good service and good company.

A cold winter’s night was forgotten once we stepped into the toasty restaurant, warmed by a roaring fire.  The ambiance was further enhanced by a myriad of candles, soft lighting and mood music played at just the right volume. We were met with welcoming drinks, and then got chatting to perfect strangers – it was that kind of atmosphere.

Chef and owner, Lapo, greeted us warmly, and, once we were seated and ready to start our meal, explained rather proudly and passionately, how he uses only organic products. 

His passionate explanation of the menu created mind pictures and an excitement about the food about to be enjoyed.  It was to be an adventure of flavours and tastes – Italian food at its best.

Our party of 6 could not stop commenting on the tastiness of the servings.  The consensus later was that we had too much of the starters!!

Waiter Benson was fantastic, keeping a keen eye over the party. He was a constant presence, topping up glasses with engaging enthusiasm – yet unobtrusive

The menu, Italian food at its very best, including pastas, kudu and an Italian version of a delicious apple tart, was perfectly cooked and presented, and wonderfully enjoyed. Good food with an array of flavours, complemented by good wine and good company.

The adage of “good food takes time” played itself out in a way that enhanced the social aspect of eating out.

Lapo’s lends itself to intimate parties or group occasions, with plenty of seating (one 24 seater), dance place, and an outside balcony.

In owner Lapo’s words, “Whatever you give an Italian, he’ll do it better”.  And indeed he has.

For full album click HERE.

Name of Restaurant: Lapo’s Kitchen

Address: 13 Boundary Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700

Contact Number: 076 199 9189

Email Address: info@laposkitchen.com

Social Dining: Join them for a social dining experience like no other. Treat yourself to a shared feast of six carefully constructed courses with fellow foodies and friends, hosted by, Chef Lapo Magni.

~ from R 690 pp

Book HERE

Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

BLAAUWKLIPPEN – Bunny Chow and Wine Pairing

There is something romantic and exciting about visiting a wine farm.  Thus it was that on a sunny winter’s morning that we set off to Blaauwklippen Vineyards, in the  Stellenbosch region, for some wine tasting. 

The restaurant is a beautifully presented place with wonderful table settings and lovely ambiance.  The waitrons welcomed us expectantly, and the adventure commenced.

Once seated, the waitron explained what we were about to receive.  The bunny chow, which would be paired with three local wines, was prepared fresh and would take some time.  In the meantime we could enjoy some bubbly.

“Bunny chow” conjured up images of half a loaf of unsliced bread, excavated and stuffed with curry – a popular delicacy typically enjoyed on the Cape Flats. The Blaauwklippen variety was somewhat different, but every bit as tasty. 

Served on a platter was a trio of pie-like creations with different fillings – butter chicken and springbok curry.  The third bunny chow was called eatenmess, a dessert filled with chocolate, fruit and some brandy – a delightful surprise.  This trio was perfectly and deliciously paired with the Blaauwklippen Sauvignon Blanc 2018, the Blaauwklippen Shiraz 2017, and the Blaauwklippen before & after Aperitif respectively.

A lovely experience in a lovely environment.  Blaauwklippen is open daily from 10am – 5pm.  The meal, the wines, the service, and the setting – well worth the R175 per person.

SO MUCH TO ENJOY!

Children’s Activities ; Family Market ; Tastings Room ; Bistro

  • Wine Tasting – R80 (Per Person)
  • Enjoy a selection of any 5 wines of your choice! (excluding Reserve Wine)
  • Bunny Chow & Wine Tasting – R175 (Per Person)
  • Macaron & Wine Tasting – R150 (Per Person)
  • Chocolate & Wine Tasting – R150 (Per Person)

For full album click HERE.

Name of Wine Farm: Blaauwklippen

Address: Strand Road, R44 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact Number: +27 (0)21 880 0133

Hours:

Summer Times (1 October – 30 April)

  • Mondays to Saturdays: 10h00 – 18h00
  • Sundays & Public Holidays: 10h00 – 17h00

Winter Times (1 May – 30 September)

  • Mondays till Saturdays: 10h00 – 17h00
  • Sundays & Public Holidays: 10h00 – 17h00

Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Marine Hotel Hermanus

It’s been years since I was last in Hermanus, and I do recall being a teenager thinking that this is where people come to retire. It was laidback and sleepy, and it just seemed to be filled with older people. Then again at that age I suppose, I considered anyone older that 20 as old.

I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised on this visit; it seemed a lot more progressive and there were quaint yet modern shops and restaurants all over the show. The sleepy town had somehow managed to re-invent itself, not that there were a lot less senior folk…rather a lot more “hipster old folk”.

I have been to many wines pairing evening in the city, and this was an opportunity to try something new up the coast and boy was I impressed.

We arrived at the Marine Hotel Hermanus and we welcomed by F&B Manager, Hayley Damon and General Manager Sebastian Berinato.

Guests enjoyed welcome drinks and canapes, before being escorted to the Pavilion, with it elegant black and white décor, reminiscent of yesterday.

After the obligatory introductions we were treated to the scrumptious spoils prepared by Chef Tronette Dippenaar accompanied by Creation Wines.

The quality of the food was fantastic, and the accompanying wine was excellent.

Canapés:

The canapé’s consisted of Norwegian Salmon tartare, avocado salsa and a soya gel which was served with the Creation MCC. Not a favourite of mine, but then again, I’m not partial to bubbly. They were tasty little morsels and I did find myself going in for seconds, they were just too good to pass up.

Course 1:

Our first course was the South Atlantic Tuna Tataki with a sesame and lime dressing and a wakame rice cracker. This course was served with Creation Sauvignon Blanc 2019, this wine really surprised me, it was refreshing and light and not at all “green”. I could drink this all day it would be perfect for those Al Fresco summer days.

Course 2:

This course was called Seafood on the Beach which was a medley of seafood bouillabaisse, basil caviar, samphire (Which is a delicious salty marine vegetable) and charred cauliflower. The base of this dish was made of fine prawn shell dust which added such a delicate seafood flavour, a nice touch. This course was served with the Creation Chardonnay 2017

Course 3:

The main course consisted of Grilled Outeniqua Springbok loin with king oyster mushroom, pearl onions with a cranberry and red cabbage chutney and a red wine jus. This was paired with the Creation Pinot Noir 2017. This was most welcome and hearty on a chilly winters evening

Course 4:

Finally, the Black Cherry Sago dessert included Dark chocolate sponge, chocolate crèmeux and cherry sherbet. This course was paired with the Creation Cape Vintage 2017, which was interesting but a little too sweet for me.

A firm favourite was the pallete cleanser between every course.

There were also interesting options for those with seafood allergies that comprised of the Guacamole cone, and Beetroot Carpaccio and Vegetable parcel as alternate courses. Each course was followed by a pallet cleanser that was the cutest wafer that was either Lemon and lime or coffee.

All in all, a very enjoyable evening with both the food and wine hard- to- fault. I was surprised at the amazing quality of execution of all courses, I always find that the dessert courses generally do not match up to the preceding courses, but this was flawless.  

For full album click HERE.

Name of Hotel: The Marine Hermanus

Address: Main Road, Hermanus, 7200

Contact Number: 028 313 1000

Written for JAR Photography by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

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The Conservatory – April ’19

Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is one of our favourite places to visit, we love both The Greenhouse and The Conservatory previously. This time round we would be “Dining in the treetops” again.

The staff are always very welcoming and even on a rainy autumn evening the establishment was warm and welcoming. Service was exemplary as expected from all establishments in the Liz Mc Grath Collection.

AUTUMN RESTAURANT WEEK DINNER

TASTING MENU

Autumn Lavash

………………

AGED BOLAND CHEESE SOUFFLE

Shaved parmesan, cheesy gin sauce

………………

CRISPY BABY CALAMARI

Romesco, sauce vierge, lemon emulsion

or

SEARED SPRINGBOK CARPACCIO

Shimeji mushrooms, black truffle, crispy onion

………………

PAN FRIED CAPE MALAY RUBBED LINE FISH

Spiced carrots, curry leaf & black mustard potato

or

FREE RANGE BEEF FILLET

Salt backed celeriac, bone marrow, port wine jus

““““““`

LEMON & MINT SORBET WITH YOGHURT CRISPS

““““““`

FLOURLESS DARK CHOCOLATE SLICE

Rooibos mousse, ginger gel, blueberry sherbet

or

BLOOD ORANGE CREAM CARAMEL

Brandy snap cannelloni, citrus salsa

Petit fours

The Autumn Lavash was some welcome respite from the normal bread course, don’t get me wrong I love the bread course, but after having a bread course for every meal since the 18th of April one needs a break…

Being three diners, we were able to sample every dish from the menu and believe me it was worth it, and I opted for the Vegetarian Option.

That Cheese Souffle was probably one of the best, we all agreed the portion was just right for the rich dishes which were to come.

Starters were amazing the Calamari seems to be the winner though.

Mains the beef fillet was cooked to perfection.

The Lemon and Mint sorbet wasn’t my thing, but I kept going back and before I knew it, I had finished it, so much for it not bring my thing.

We all chose the Flourless Cake, yummy.

As usual they didn’t disappoint, we were feed and happy!

#MyCellars.

For full album click here

Name: The Conservatory

Address: The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia 7800

Telephone Number: 021 794 2137

Email Address: reservations@collectionmcgrath.com.

Opening Hours:

  • Breakfast: 07h00 to10h30
  • Tea: 11h00 to17h00
  • Lunch: 12h00 to14h30         
  • High Tea: 15h00 to 17h00
  • Dinner: 18h30 to 21h30

Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason ‘Dubbz’ Petersen