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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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: email@example.com.
Breakfast Daily: 6.30 am to 11.00 am
Lunch: Private functions only
Dinner: 18.30 pm to 22.30 pm (Closed Wednesdays)
Dress code: Smart casual