Ryan’s Kitchen: “New Tastes From South Africa” menu

Seared Tuna, fennel Kimchi, lemon and Rooibos jelly, ginger granita.

Seared tuna, fennel kimchi, lemon and Rooibos jelly, ginger granita.

Take your taste buds and senses on a culinary trip at Ryan’s Kitchen in Franschhoek with its “New Tastes From South Africa” menu. Rich in diversity, the ingredients used are deeply steeped in local culture.

The dishes are unique, but don’t expect a typical approach to the food either. For example, you can look forward to the seared tuna, fennel kimchi, lemon and Rooibos-whipped jelly and a ginger granita paired with Two Dogs, a Peacock and Horse Sauvignon Blanc from Black Elephant Vintners. The blou wildebeest tataki with compressed apple, pickled baby turnips and meringue, paired with a glass of golden Chenin Blanc is also one of the dishes worth a try.

The popular atchar condiment has been given a suprisingly refreshing twist. The granadilla atchar in this case is served with sautéed line fish and a red-pepper confit, and paired with a Lynx Voignier. The bobotie is also given a major make-over: it’s served as a pancake with pineapple and chilli, on top of puffed rice pops.

 Eskimo Pie, Madagascan Vanilla, seasonal apricots.

Eskimo pie, Madagascan vanilla and seasonal apricots.

The South African desserts have also been given a contemporary twist. Make sure you try the petit fours which consists of dadel fingers (date fingers), orange malva and Amarula chocolate lolly. Or how about an African take on the “Eskimo pie”?

These innovative dishes are the work of Chef Ryan Smith and his wife Lana, who is in charge of the impressive wine list.

The sharing-style menu is served on small plates and only available for an entire table. It’s plated and served on beautiful crockery crafted by local ceramists Diona Ferreira, Mervyn Gers and David Walters. The eating experience at Ryan’s Kitchen is a journey for all the senses. The setting and the open-plan kitchen adds a sense of flow to the entire experience.

For bookings, tel:+27 21 876 4598 or send an e-mail.

Ryan's Kitchen - Chef Proprietor Ryan Smith and co-owner Lana Smith.

Ryan’s Kitchen – chef proprietor Ryan Smith and co-owner Lana Smith.

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