WINTER CUISINE FROM THE CAPE

It’s the season to enjoy hearty meals that warm the soul, and what better place to enjoy this than at some of South Africa’s finest restaurants. Here’s a look at a few winter menu offerings and specials to taste in and around the Western Cape.

FABER at Avondale, Paarl

Eric Bulpitt and Jonathan Grieve Bulpitt make use of the estate’s gardens and farm to harvest fine produce, and have a zero-wastage policy. Expect delectable, warming dishes such as duck ravioli with nasturtium pesto and duck broth, as well as hen’s egg, mackerel bokkoms, pickled garlic, grand padano with herbs and flowers from the garden. And for dessert you have to try the roasted pumpkin tart with cinnamon and brown sugar ice cream.

FABER’s winter lunch set menu is only R250 a person. Be sure to enquire about Avondale’s premium organic wines for the finest pairing with this delectable menu. Reservations recommended. For bookings and for more information, call (021) 202 1219 or email faber@avondalewine.co.za.

MAKARON, Stellenbosch

Just in time for winter, head chef Lucas Carstens is heating things up at this Etienne Hanekom-designed gourmet destination with an innovative menu of small plate cuisine. “Globally, there’s definitely a trend towards small plate tapas-style dining, with people sharing flavours and textures around the table,” explains Carstens, who took the reins in 2015. “The idea is flexibility, and we want guests to decide for themselves how they discover the menu.”

Makaron is open daily for dinner (closed on Wednesdays between May and September). Diners can choose four/five/six courses from the small plates menu for R450/R565/R675 respectively. An optional wine pairing is also available for R770/R940/R1 100 for both food and wine.

THE POT LUCK CLUB, Woodstock

 Taking inspiration from around the globe, the dishes at this eatery are packed with flavour, while the 360-degree view of the Mother City, and the Manhattan loft feel and open kitchen add to the palpable energy.

The Lucky Lunch winter promotion is valid until the end of September 2017 for R250 a person, from Monday to Friday. The menu includes dishes such as crispy calamari, beef tatami, pork belly, chickpea fries, fish taco and doenjang-jjigae soup.

The Pot Luck Club reopens on 9 July 2017. Book online or call (021) 447 0804.

THE SHORTMARKET CLUB, Cape Town

Since opening its doors in mid-2016, The Shortmarket Club has dished up its modern interpretation of contemporary bistro-style cuisine to huge acclaim. Between now and September, there’s an extra dose of European flair with the introduction of a fixed-price menu at lunchtime which pairs superb dishes by Chef Wesley Randles with wine from some of the most exciting young winemakers the Swartland region has to offer.

The three-course menu at is available at lunchtime only, Monday to Saturday until 30 September 2017. Book online or call (021) 447 2874.

TERROIR, Stellenbosch

Award-winning chef Michael Broughton is renowned for his unmatched skills as a saucier, and the new dishes on his winter menu showcase his considerable talents. From May until 30 September 2017 (the restaurant is closed between 3 July and 24 July), guests can enjoy a choice of two dishes (starter and main or main and dessert) from Terroir’s French-inspired chalkboard menu for just R295 a person. This includes a glass of Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection wine.

The four-course tasting menu with wine pairing costs R495 (R395 without wine pairing). Individual à la carte orders can still be made, and will be charged at the listed menu price.

To book, call (021) 880 8167 or email restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za.

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