This was my third visit to Le Franschoek; I love their Wine pairing dinners and was looking forward to their collaboration with Painted Wolf Wines. They offer wine pairing packages that include dinner, overnight accommodation and a buffet breakfast.
There has been a change of Chef since my last visit so I was curious to try the fare on offer.
Our first course consisted of chilled Spanish gazpacho, grilled scallops and parmesan soufflé, a delicious course paired with a “Grenache Vintage 2013”
Next were the lobster medallions, fennel mascarpone risotto and pine apple bisque. Wow, beautifully presented, perfect risotto and lovely lobster. This was served with “The Den Chenin Blanc”
This course was followed by the marinated crispy pork belly, caramelised pink fig, celeriac and asparagus mousse. I’m a lover of pork belly, so my opinion is a little subjective, but I felt the portion was a little small. This course was paired with the “Pinctus#2”
The palate cleanser was the white chocolate and orange sorbet. It didn’t work for me, I don’t know I didn’t enjoy texture truth be told.
The following course was the herb encrusted springbok loin, zucchini blossoms, pink peppercorn and olive jus. The springbok was very rare and some of the diners at our table sent theirs back as a result. I love venison but I thought this dish too rare and the herb crust didn’t work for me, that’s just my personal taste preference. This was served with the Painted Wolf Pinotage.
Finally there were Peaches and cream semifreddo, poached peach and marzipan cream. This was paired with “Pinctus#5”
The next morning, we made our way to breakfast at about 9am, it was already quite busy as the morning progressed and got steadily more frenetic. The staff seemed a little frazzled, I’m not sure if the number of diners was not anticipated, but the staff were quite literally falling over their feet. Twice the coffee I ordered was ice cold, and some of the guest waited nearly 10 minutes to get theirs.
There were some good elements, and I’m afraid some not so good elements during my stay. I will be back if only to see if there has been improvement
Why not join them for the next Wine Dinner with
When: Where: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Sauvage restaurant
Time: 18h30 for 19h00
R695 per person (Wine Dinner only)
R3295 per couple (Eat and Stay)
Pre-payment and booking are essential, and seating is limited so make sure not to miss out on this exclusive offer, and call +27 (0)21 876 8900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book now.
16 Minor road,
Tel No: +27 21 876 8900
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jody & Nicole Brown