While this might sound slightly controversial, I'm just going to go out and say it: Cape Town is a fabulous place to be in winter. While most of you may be thinking of the wind and rain, let me remind you of a few facts. It doesn't get nearly as cold as Johannesburg or other inland places. There are the random, gorgeously hot, windless days in between each cold front, perfect for beach picnics. And most importantly, there is an abundance of restaurant specials.
One of my favourite fine-dining, French-Mediterranean inspired restaurants, La Mouette, has just launched a new six-course Autumn special for R165.
The set menu includes the following:
Truffle and cheese croquette smoked tomato aioli
Butternut squash raviolis sage brown butter and shaved pecorino
Roasted line fish chick pea, tomato and baby spinach ragout
Confit shoulder of beef sweet corn polenta, tomato and feta gremoulata
Warm choux pastry doughnut lemon curd and coffee Chantilly‘Chocolate orange’ macaroon, chocolate financier, orange puree, marmelade ice cream and cointreau syrup
Opt for the wine pairing, which at R330, includes a carefully selected wine to match each course.
Bargain if you ask me...
If you're feeling more flush, try the Autumn Gourmand Tasting menu for R395 (R595 with wines):
Butternut squash soup walnuts, gorgonzola croquettes
Salt and pepper prawns chorizo popcorn and sweet corn pureé
Caprese salad bocconcini, pesto, tomato and gazpacho jelly
Crayfish ravioli almond crumble cauliflower and truffle foam
Chalmar beef sirloin smoked aubergine puree, caramelized baby onions and mash
Warm choux pastry doughnut lemon curd and coffee Chantilly
‘Crunchie’ honey comb parfait, milk chocolate ganache and honey cream
ORGrilled Kimberley cheddar ‘sandwich’ tomato chutney, brioche and pickled onions
There are fire places in each room, so it's perfect for a romantic 'cosy' dinner. Or, if the weather is good, opt for a lazy lunch in the courtyard.
lamouette-restaurant.co.za; 021 433 0856; 78 Regent Road, Sea Point