Tag: Food & Wine Pairing

Delicious autumn! New season, new Menu, new Flavours.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns”. – George Eliot

As we enter the new season, we welcome our new Menu to the Restaurant.

Summer is officially over and it has been a busy one indeed! Over the traditional festive season and summer tourist visits we saw many old friends returning; made new ones along the way and sadly bid farewell to a few.

We were blessed and humbled by the great support we received during the past few months, which saw us still sitting on top of the pile of Restaurants in Stellenbosch on TripAdvisor! While it is a great honour to be in this fortunate position; we know it is due to the loyal and gracious support of guests. So here’s to you, we appreciate your support and we’ll continue to  provide nothing but the best to our visitors!

Our Commander in Chief, Executive-Chef Nadia Louw-Smith was recently honoured with the Mentor Award: Hospitality Management by the exclusive and illustrious Private Hotel School for her outstanding role in providing young up-and-coming chefs with guidance and training, while doing their internships at the Restaurant. Each year our Restaurant takes in two interns for a period of 6 months for them to get practical training in real restaurant.

Nadia with the other award winners
Nadia with the other award winners

We welcome the seasonal change with a feast of comforting classics, conjured up in a scrumptious Autumn Menu which enadeavours to continue the new year’s energy with a myriad of wholesome tastes, unique to the season.

This hearty new Menu, which will turn up the heat until the end of June, offers enthusiasts a four course lunchtime food and wine indulgence of generous portions at  R348.00 per person. Each dish on this sizzling bill of fare is served with a matching wine from our prized vineyards.

Clos Malverne Food_Feb 2016_001-horzThink Shitake mushroom soup, with parmesan cheese sticks, a hint of truffle, roasted garlic-parsley cream fraiche croquette and shimeji mushrooms; served with Clos Malverne Chardonnay to spruce up the palate.

 Followed by a Moroccan style duck breast salad matched with the well-rounded Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend to satisfy any hunger. Or kiss the sizzling summer heat goodbye with a decadent Nutella Chocolate Brownie, served with a dollop of cherry ice cream, salted fudge crumbs and a cherry coulis and the our velvety Pinotage Reserve.

A host of new, enticing dishes and delicacies are available to tingle your senses, while a select few stalwarts will remain, you know, just to keep you regulars happy.

That is all from our side, we look forward to welcoming you soon!

Adieu!

All aboard, #SAHarvest2016 has arrived!

Healthy Sauvignon Blanc BUnches
Healthy Sauvignon Blanc Bunches

The tractors are rumbling, the bunches are tumbling!

The new year has started with a bang and it’s full steam ahead for 2016. With the new year, it’s also a new harvest, and ours started officially today!

We kick of the 2016 vintage with some fresh and zippy Sauvignon Blanc; harvested at an optimum sugar level of 22.5 degrees balling, these grapes are set to make stunning wine. While yields are forecast to be down by a small percentage, quality is certainly not lacking: fresh; ripe and healthy grapes are hiding in their canopies, waiting to enter the cellar.

First batch heading for the cellar
First batch heading for the cellar

After all the Sauvignon Blanc has been crushed; mash-cooled and moved to their new fermentation tanks, we’ll move on to some Chardonnay and Shiraz for our Ellie MCC.

All star vineyard-team
All star vineyard-team

Harvest is not the only item on the agenda, it’s almost that time of the year where you have a whole day dedicated to celebrating your love for that special someone in your life. To mark the occasion we’ll have a set-menu Five Course Food & Wine Pairing for Valentine’s Day, with light background music played by accordion musician Andre Van Vuuren. This afternoon of sheer gastronomic delight is ideal for food and wine lovers who enjoy a value for money, unhurried dining experience with a sense of place and includes a glass of matching Clos Malverne wine with each course.

It is the perfect opportunity to treat that special someone in your life to a memorable day in the Winelands. Seeing that this would be a set-menu offering, lunch time is 12:00 for 12:30, and the cost is R498.00/person. Guests can download the menu here or join the event on Facebook.

Valentine's Day Lunch
A Delectable Five Course Food & Wine Pairing Lunch

We also have a neat “Couples Mixed Case” offering in our online shop for those guests that might be spending a relaxing weekend away from home in a romantic destination. The unique mixed case has the right wine for the right moment; bubbles for breakfast; Sauvignon Blanc for supper and some Pinotage Le Cafe for a nightcap.

Valentine's Day Couples Mixed Case
A Mixed Case perfect for a romantic weekend away.

The Restaurant has also been experiencing a record season, enjoying fabulous support from both local and international food lovers. Our guests can look forward to our new Autumn Menu in the beginning of March. While we had a short hiatus from the no.1 spot on TripAdvisor, we’re back on top! We can only thank all of our loyal customers and guests for their unwavering support!

For those folks that haven’t seen it yet, we also added a new Recipe Section to our website, where our Executive-Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith, will be sharing some of her make-at-home gourmet dishes. Feel free to request a recipe for a special dish via Twitter or Facebook.

That’s all for now folks, keep an eye out for more news on #SAHarvest2016 in the weeks that follow!

Adieu!