Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My birthday lunch at Terroir

I'm still catching up on posts from May and this one I had to share.
We went to Terroir restaurant (http://www.kleinezalze.com/terroir.html) at the Kleine Zalza Wine Estate just outside of Stellenbosch. The restaurant has won many awards in the past and is regularly included in the top ten restaurants in the country. Set under ancient oak trees with views of the golf course, it really is quite magical and gives you the 'out of the city' feeling we all sometimes crave.

Almost four years ago, when my fiance and I just started dating, he took me to the wine estate for a wine tasting, so it was quite nice to go back and to think how much has changed since then...
I have since been a big fan of their Chenin Blanc, and regularly keep it (but not for too long) on the wine rack.

We had a five-course meal with a wine pairing, which definitely set the tone for and was the highlight of my birthday (after the morning prezzies that is).

We were first presented with a glass of bubbly and an amuse-bouche of tomato soup, which we slurped down quickly as it was a fairly chilly day.

Our first course was tempura squid with japanese mango and tomato jam, paired with the Cellar Selection chenin blanc 2011 Bush Vines. 

Our second course was an unusual combination of pea puree with bacon lardons with a piece of oxtail ravioli in the middle, drizzled with truffle oil. This was paired with the Chardonnay 2011 (on French oak for three months).

Our third course was a piece of salmon wrapped in spring roll pastry garnished with a prawn, and paired with the Vineyard Selection Wooded Chenin Blanc 2011. It was so delish... every single morsel.

Then came the big daddy main course of 150g beef fillet with braised spinache, butternut and mushrooms... each bite as succulent as the previous one... Paired with it was the Vineyard Selection Shiraz 2009 (16 months on French oak barrels). It was simply scrumptious – and of course my fiance was more than impressed with the intricately balanced flavours and quality of food – he's quite the critic for someone who rarely cooks!

Last but definitely not least was the dessert. My fiance had a banana saverin baked with saffron, cloves and hazelnut, soaked in rum, with a garnish of raspberry coulis, pistachio nuts and ice cream – a stunning hearty winter pud! 

I on the other hand was presented with a gorgeous plate (personal birthday message and all) with a baked cheese cake, strawberry coulis, pistachio crumble with whole-nut ice cream, coconut and caramel coulis and a garnish of raspberries, strawberries and gooseberries... sigh* what a way to end the meal!!!

I'm salivating right now as I write this, remembering how good it was.

The menu changes with the seasons, but they currently have a winter special on – so it's great to take advantage of excellent quality food at a very affordable prices. So, try it out: R175 for 2 courses, or R198 for three courses, which includes a glass of Kleine Zalze Cellar wine

Book your dinner now: 021 880-0717, Strand Road (R44)

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