A fabulous lunch in the Winelands at Clos Malverne

There are few better ways to spend a Saturday than dining in the Cape Winelands (well, for me anyway). Long, lazy afternoons with beautiful sunny views and amazing food and wine. Like at Clos Malvern which is set deep in the Devon Valley near Stellenbosch.

The restaurant has a wrap-around balcony with fabulous views across vines and mountains. Get a table outside and settle in for the delights of their four-course tasting menu. You can go a la carte but believe me, the tasting menu is the way to go. Great choices and even better value for money, today we got four courses for R398 (about £24 at today’s exchange rate). For that, as well as the food, you get a welcome glass of their delicious bubbly and a glass of wine with each course. Plus if you buy a case of wine to take home (and who can resist doing so?) you get R200 off your bill.

The vineyard is owned and run by the Pritchard family and the restaurant serves seasonal, contemporary dishes that are the masterpieces of Executive Chef Nadia Louw Smith.

There are several choices for each course, making for some serious decision making. Quite a few of Nadia’s dishes have a bit of Eastern inspiration, like my fabulous starter – spicy, creamy seafood pot with chilli, coriander, ginger, prawns, calamari and mussels. I could have eaten a whole vat of it! The most delicately flavoured creaminess and the freshest, perfectly cooked seafood to compliment it. I’ll be dreaming of this dish for a while.

The delicately creamy and spicy seafood pot

The smoked sea bass was served with sweet pea aioli, pea shoots, lime dressing, salmon eggs, crispy capers and a red pepper coulis. The flavours and colours of summer.

Sea bass that’s pretty as a picture

The chilled asparagus vichyssoise came with spring onion and lemon creme fraiche, marinated asparagus, a parmesan crisp and a hint of truffle. Rich and velvety with that delicious truffly undertone, a real bowl of luxury.

The wonderful mix of asparagus and truffles

Second course – what a treat to have a course between the starter and the main – and I went meaty. The oak-smoked carpaccio was served with mushroom dust and topped with shimiji mushrooms, humus, sundries tomato strips, dried olives, gran padano and vinaigrette. Who knew dust could taste so good!

Carpaccio piled with little delights

The roast chicken croquette was served with sweet and sour cabbage, thyme and lemon sour cream, caramelised onion puree and a brown onion jus.

A rich and earthy chicken croquette

My South African pork belly tasting odyssey continues (yes, it’s become an odyssey) with this amazing slow roasted dish with confit baby onions, apple jelly, shimiji mushrooms, butternut puree, five spice jus and black garlic mash. What a lovely and exotic combination.

Luscious pork belly and crunchy crackling

The tender, rare springbok loin was bobotie spiced and plated up with creamy butternut and feta risotto, whole grain mustard pickled baby onions (love what she does with her onions) and a red wine jus.

Perfectly rare springbok and creamy risotto

There’s usually a curry on the menu – and it’s always beautifully spiced. Today several of our party tucked into the Badami lamb korma – a traditional Indian curry with almonds, chillis, saffron and cardamom served with savoury rice, sourdough bread and raita.

Lamb korma and all the accompaniments

As an occasional dessert eater, I was thrilled to see my absolute favourite of puddings as an option – panna cotta. Flavoured with saffron, it was served with frozen grapes, strawberries, vanilla meringue, mango coulis and a spearmint shortbread. Beautifully creamy it went perfectly with the fruity spread – and I loved the frozen grapes.

A delightfully colourful dessert plate

The lemon tart came with lime and coconut liqueur ice cream, chilli caramel and a sesame brittle. As it was Trevor’s birthday the next day I organised with the kitchen to make his a birthday dessert plate – happy birthday Trevor. The classic lemon tart went beautifully with the tropical flavours of the ice cream.

Lemon tart and birthday greetings

And here’s the view, just heavenly.

Stunning views across vines to the mountains

Inevitably we left clutching our case of Clos Malverne’s wonderful wines (too much of a bargain to resist that R200 off). I particularly love their bubbles, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet/Merlot blend. Now every time I sip on one of them I’ll be mentally transported back to the glorious Devon Valley.

Clos Malverne is at Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch

Coffee in Cape Town: Spoilt for choice

Today I’m delighted to have a double-guest contribution to Eating Covent Garden. Nicky Elliot and Yvette Wilsenach live in Cape Town and as a fabulous photographer/writer combination have produced a stunning book called The Coffee Route. It’s their guide to Cape Town’s hottest coffee spots.

It’s a volume of beautiful pictures and useful facts to help enhance the lives of coffee lovers. Each section is prefaced with a map to help plot your route and each entry also includes information about parking, wifi (always important in a coffee shop) and the type of coffee served, as well as ideas of what else to do while you’re in the area.

Here’s what Yvette has to say about Cape Town’s coffee culture.

There is much to say about the beauty of Cape Town. There is the famous Table Mountain, the sea, the colourful Bo-Kaap, the greenery and nature in the middle of the city, the views. But one of the things that I am most grateful for, is the lack of shopping malls.  Make no mistake, we do have them – for example, one is a kilometre long, the other sits in the docks in Cape Town and has stunning views and shops – but we do not really have a mall culture.  Which is great and I believe that it contributes to the individualism of which Capetonians are so proud.

I love the beautifully quirky Bo-Kaap in Central Cape Town

I love the beautifully quirky Bo-Kaap in Central Cape Town

Cape Town has always had a bit of a hippie vibe, with markets like Greenmarket Square and Church Street having been around for decades.  In recent years, say the past decade, this individualism has married with the global rise of a coffee culture and so, thank heaven, we have dozens, if not hundreds of small, quirky and independent coffee shops.

So we wrote a book about some of them, called The Coffee Route. And what does that mean? That means we are constantly being asked, yes, but which is the best? And that is very hard to answer, because it all depends on what you are looking for. It is currently winter in Cape Town, otherwise known as the Cape of Storms, so this is a good time to huddle up in a coffee shop, devour some comforting cake and watch the sea, wind and rain.

Other times, you may need to focus on finishing that deadline. Then you don’t want too much of a distracting view, you need some low-level background activity and waiters who cater to your needs without helicoptering over you as you have just had that brainwave that pulls everything together. Or you want to go somewhere charming, perhaps with some dappled shade, some comfortable cushions, a pile of mags, or meet a friend for lunch. Other times you are dashing in to get a take-away on the way to your yoga class/meeting with a venture capitalist/friend’s birthday tea and before you get to the counter they are making your regular. All of this and more is available on the Cape Town coffee scene and I haven’t even got to the coffee yet!

Ten years ago Origin Coffee opened in Cape Town and was one of the very first home-grown roasters.  Now there are dozens of them in Cape Town itself, not to mention the outlying areas. These guys (men and women) are proud, excited, excitable and adventurous. They are roasting and producing some pretty awesome coffee and experimenting with new ideas, roasts, beans and products.

So yes, if you are a tourist to Cape Town and seeking reassurance, you will be able to find many international brands such as Illy and Lavazza or the ubiquitous Starbucks, currently making its debut in South Africa, but I would urge you to try some of the roasts from Origin, Truth, Deluxe, Rosetta, Tribe and one of their wonderful coffee shops.

And here beautifully photographed by Nicky are some of those wonderful establishments where you can get your daily coffee fix. There’s a lot of choice…

You can follow The Coffee Route on instagram and Facebook for daily inspiration by clicking on the links here.

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To find out more and buy your own copy of this stunning book visit www.thecoffeeroute.co.za

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At the Bean There Coffee Company, coffee is African sourced, Fair Trade and roasted on site

The welcoming, contemporary interior of Bean There

The welcoming, contemporary interior of Bean There

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The edgy, masculine interior of Deluxe Coffee in Roodehek Street

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Rosetta Coffee is a sophisticated shop with roasters passionate about single origin coffee and its origins

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High Tea in Southern Suburb, Constantia serves amazing muffins and other delights from talented baker Irma Brummer

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The revamped cafe in the Company’s Gardens serves coffee in ant cups under enormous trees

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Four & Twenty Cafe serves great food and Bean There coffee

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Truth is an award winning coffee shop with a huge roaster

Industrial light fittings and plugs dangling from the ceiling encourage people to stay and work

Industrial light fittings and plugs dangling from the ceiling mean that people are encouraged to stay and work

Hout Bay Coffee is a tucked away gem that roasts unique blends on site with African flair

Hout Bay Coffee is a tucked away gem that roasts unique blends on site with African flair

ADDRESS BOOK
Bean There Coffee Company, Wale Street, City Bowl
Deluxe Coffee, Church Street, City Bowl
Deluxe Coffee, Roodehek Street
Rosetta Coffee, Albert Road, Woodstock
The Company’s Garden Restaurant, Queen Victoria Street, City Bowl
High Tea, Constantia Road, Southern Suburbs
Four & Twenty Cafe, Wolfe Street, Wynberg
Truth, Buitenkant Street, City Bowl
Hout Bay Coffee, Princess Street, Hout Bay
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Beautiful Table Mountain dominates Cape Town’s skyline

Thank you Nicky and Yvette for your contribution. I can’t wait to get back to Cape Town and visit some of your discoveries with you.
Are you an expert on eateries in your area? Or have you been somewhere you really want to tell the world about? I’m always looking for guest contributors to share their stories, so please do get in touch.


Our lovely Sea Point local: La Perla

I love staying on the seafront in Sea Point. There’s so much to love. Sea views from the balcony, lovely promenade walks breathing in the sea air, meandering down Main Road for daily shopping and restaurant visits and of course the people. It’s such a wonderfully diverse area full of people from all walks of lives, in different shapes and sizes and of so many different nationalities.  And there’s always something happening and, inevitably, being discussed – from the price of eggs to who caused that car accident yesterday. How I love the constant Sea Point chatter, you soon feel like you have endless friends.

It’s very easy to slip into the life of a Sea Point local. And as a compulsory part of that life (I’ve decided anyway) you have to make regular visits to La Perla. It’s one of only two restaurants right on Beach Road (it’s mainly apartmentland around here), so it has lovely sea views and is the perfect spot to watch the Sea Point action unfolding.

La Perla has been open about 55 years (not sure of the exact opening date but I do remember that it’s older than me). And I’m  not sure how much has changed in that time. I think some of the waiters may have been at the opening. Service can be somewhat ponderous or too fast – unpredictability is the name of the game. So bear this in mind and go with the flow or you could be in for a somewhat frustrating meal. You can slow down too-fast service and if it’s too slow just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. No one ever truly suffered from taking too long over lunch. Did they??

The menu is classic Italian with a lovely selection of pasta, fish, seafood, salads and veal dishes. Sea Point is veal land, supermarkets are packed with myriad cuts of it, so if you love veal you can’t go wrong ordering it at La Perla.

Their carpaccio is also wonderful and comes in beef, salmon and tuna versions. I enjoyed one of the beef dishes several times through the Sea Point summer. It’s beef carpaccio with a mustard mayonnaise sauce to dream about, rocket and capers. A fabulously salty/sweet combo with melt-in-the-mouth meat.

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Delightfully delicately sliced carpaccio with a sweet mustard mayonnaise

Here’s the salmon version, served with a spicy Asian-style sauce.

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Oysters are often on my lunchtime agenda, my love for these treasures is well documented. The perfect starter – light, healthy and tasty – I just can’t get enough of them.

Today's La Perla oysters came from Namibia. Yum.

Today’s La Perla oysters came from Namibia. Yum.

As you’d expect from a restaurant that’s been around over five decades there are some [retro] classics on the menu. Like prawn cocktail which can be ordered with or without avocado. If you go with it comes packed into avo halves.

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Classic prawn cocktail served in creamy avocados

If you’re not an avo lover, order it without and this lovely glassful of plump prawns appears.

Happiness is...prawn cocktail in a glass

Happiness is…prawn cocktail in a glass

There’s also a classic caprese salad to savour.

The combo of three tasty ingredients makes for a delectable starter

The combo of three tasty ingredients makes for a delectable starter

All the veal dishes are delightful. The veal marsala is so tender you barely have to chew it, the sauce is silken and slightly sweet and it’s served with a generous portion of fresh, perfectly cooked pasta. Just heavenly.

Veal tenderness in a luscious sauce

Veal tenderness in a luscious sauce

The veal involtini is also a firm favourite. Little envelopes of veal are generously stuffed with cheese and served with a fragrant tomato sauce and fresh pasta. Oh so satisfying.

Cheesy, tomatoey veal that melts in the mouth

Cheesy, tomatoey veal that melts in the mouth

There’s always the line fish of the day and when it’s kingklip I often order it. This sweet, fleshy whitefish is perfect grilled and served with La Perla’s lemon butter and some vegetables.

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Chunky grilled kingklip with lemony butter

More tender veal served with a rich porcini sauce.

Delight in the earthy mushroom flavours with veal porcini

Delight in the earthy mushroom flavours

I’ve only ever done dessert once at La Perla. I was talked into sharing a Peppermint Crisp tart because I’d never tasted one before and because it’s a South African classic. Made using the Peppermint Crisp bar which I remember delighting over in my childhood, it’s sweet, minty and properly indulgent.

Taste something traditionally South African – peppermint crisp tart

Taste something traditionally South African – peppermint crisp tart

A bit like the many hours I spent lingering over lunch at La Perla. Sparkling sunshine days when I felt happy to be alive. Here’s the view through some pink bubbles. La Perla, I raise my glass to you.

Views of pink and blue and palm trees

Views of pink and blue and palm trees

La Perla is on Beach Road, Sea Point opposite the public swimming pools.

Lunchtime delights at Buitenverwachting

The first thing I love about this place is its name. It means “Beyond expectations” which is a big claim (well, depending on how much you’re expecting I guess, it my case that’s usually a lot). And it’s also particularly hard to pronounce for English speakers (until you’ve got the hang of it) – all those syllables make for a real tongue twister and some hilarity at times.

The estate goes way back. It originally formed part of the Constantia Estate which was founded by Simon van der Stel, who was the first Governor of what was then a Dutch colony in 1679. The first vines (90,000 of them) were planted here in 1825 by Ryk Arnold’s Cloete. The farm was more recently restored to its former glory by current owners, the Muellers.

Set on the slopes of the stunning Constantiaberg mountains, it has a beautifully peaceful and rural feel, despite being a short hop from the centre of Cape Town. The drive there through forested lanes immediately puts you in a laid-back state of mind

The restaurant is in the original thatch-covered and white-washed Cape Dutch building with a large inside area and welcoming veranda overlooking the courtyard. Love a courtyard. Chef Edgar Osojnik hails from Austria and serves up hearty retro-style dishes. So what can you expect?

Well, it’s an interesting menu with lots of classic dishes and some more unusual offerings. And the classics have some added extras too. Like Edgar’s Caesar salad which is served with a generous portion of Norwegian salmon. The dish, like quite a few on the menu is available as a starter and a main course.

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Edgar’s extra special Caesar salad

The prawns are also available as both a starter and a main course. I do love the concept, wish more restaurants would do it. Pan fried, they were served with cucumber, pal choi, sea lettuce, spring onion, pea shoots, ginger, micro coriander, citrus dressing, sesame and soya. Juicy prawns nestling in a bed of green with a wonderfully zesty dressing.

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I love it when I read a menu and find a dish that totally intrigues me – one I can’t imagine how it’s going to look or taste – so I couldn’t resist ordering this. This is porcini ravioli consommé. A light slightly set consommé is served with a large mushroom ravioli atop and burnt butter powder, parsnip puree and watercress peaches which are pan fried in Buitenverwachting’s dessert wine. One of the most unusual dishes I’ve had for a long time – and it was truly delicious too with a mix of flavours, temperatures and textures. An adventurous ordering choice that was well worth it.

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There seems to be a pork belly dish on every Cape menu and I’ve sampled my fair share of them this summer – I’m happy to say. Today’s offering was served with potato gnocchi, pan fried baby cabbage, caramelised apple, fine beans, celeriac and leek puree. Deliciously flavoursome with crispy crackling and a wonderful combo of sweet and savoury ingredients.

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Another wonderful plate of pork belly

I love a good steak tartare and this is a real tartare extravaganza. Described as DIY, it comes with a selection of nine traditional garnishes all beautifully laid out in compact little bundles. Someone has taken a very long time making all these delicate delights. Some of my favourites were the hard boiled egg (separated in white and yellow parcels), the chopped capers and the rich and salty anchovies. It’s a lovely ritual eating this dish as you mix and match different flavours to mix into your meaty pile in the middle. I can’t imagine I’ll ever order anything else here, that’s how much I loved it!

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A simply stupendous steak tartare

A lamb plate combo of pan fried lamb cutlet and grilled loin are with lemon thyme sauce, aubergine falafel, chorizo, leek puree, roasted chick pea gremolata and yogurt. Tender lamb perfectly done.

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Delightful lamb done two ways

Edgar’s portions are truly substantial – two starter-sized ones make for an ample lunch. But you still have to make room for dessert when there’s my favourite on the menu. Who can resist a panda cotta? Not me. Today’s offering was a delicate vanilla served with strawberry balsamic sorbet. Just wonderful.

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Panna cotta that’s pretty as a picture

You’re not finished yet – even the petit four are substantial at Buitenverwachting. And delicious.

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Finish off with some yummy sweetness

As you’re lunching on a wine farm make sure to try some of the estate’s wine (you have to, really). The Sauvignon Blanc we had was particularly pleasing and there’s a good selection of reds.

Our long, leisurely lunch sitting on the veranda was punctuated with friendly service. A really lovely experience – expectations truly exceeded. Oh and here’s the view from our table towards the leafy courtyard. Keep that spot for me, I’ll be back.

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Freshly baked bread is served up with butter and dips

 

Buitenverwachting is at Klein Constantia Road, Hope of Constantia, Cape Town.

It’s Fresh, Fresh, Fresh at Paul Cluver

Today it’s time to explore more of the Elgin Valley. So we’re heading to Fresh for lunch. It’s a restaurant on the Paul Cluver wine estate that offers country-style cooking. There’s a large and abundant vegetable garden on site which is a major source of inspiration for the chef who cooks with seasonal ingredients. Sounds good to me.

On summer days the tables are laid out under the trees on the lawn which sounds lovely. The day we visited it was raining – I never complain about life-giving rain, you just make another plan. So we had to eat inside. Which turned out to be lovely. There isn’t much seating and tables are communal (a chance to make new friends, perhaps) and the place has a relaxed, warm feel to it which the welcome accentuates.

The enthusiasm of the owner Niki Hall-Jones (her husband’s the chef) as she describes the dishes soon has your mouth watering. And today she was waxing lyrical about the myriad tomatoes growing in the garden. Great news for me, I seriously love tomatoes. So I didn’t have to think hard about ordering the Caprese salad – a selection of their Heirloom tomatoes served with Buffalo Ridge Mozzarella (also produced down the road) and garden basil.

I love Caprese salad and have tasted it in restaurants all over the world (well, quite a few anyway) and this was seriously up there. One of my absolute favourite dishes, as long as  each of the three ingredients is top, top quality – and today they were.

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Caprese salad to dream of

And then time for more tomatoes – oven roasted and made into soup with basil pesto. It’s hard to imagine a better tomato soup, bursting with flavour and health.

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The freshest of intense tomato soup

On to mains. The confit duck came with char-grilled aubergines and tomatoes, wilted garden greens and a glaze of tomato chilli jam. It was also aubergine season so the veg flavours were amazing and the duck  perfectly crispy while also being moist. And tomato chilli jam is a wonderful thing. Note to self – make some tomato chilli jam – and soon.

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Flavoursome duck on a bed of the freshest veg

And then time for some pie. Elgin free-range chicken, leek and mushroom topped with a perfectly puffy, glossy, golden pastry. A good pie is never to be under valued and this one was polished off with relish.

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Comforting chicken pie for a rainy day

While we were enjoying our lunch, Niki came over and said as we clearly loved tomatoes so much she would like to give us a bag from their garden. I simply couldn’t refuse. Here’s the cornucopia of the little treasures in their different shapes, sizes and colours. Yum!

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A plate of tomato heaven

This restaurant is so aptly named – there’s no doubt that ingredients are the freshest of the fresh. And they’re all beautifully cooked too, what a perfect combo.

Oh and Paul Cluver’s wine is also wonderful. We enjoyed a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with our lunch, having had a sneaky tasting beforehand and left with…you’ve guessed it…another case to enjoy at home. So loving those wine tasting (and buying) lunches. We will miss them.

Fresh is just off the N2 on the Paul Cluver Wine Estate in Elgin.

The joys of Jordan Day

Today is Jordan Day. I’ve decided it needs to be officially a Day, one with a Capital D, that has to be set aside every year (at least) for a visit to this wonderful restaurant nestling in the Cape Winelands.

The restaurant is the baby of genius chef George Jardine, whose latest addition in Stellenbosch (which opened a few weeks ago) I visited recently. You can read about it by clicking here.

A beautiful setting with wonderful far-ranging views, friendly service and simply the most amazing food make Jordan Day one of the most looked forward to and enjoyed in the year. The menu changes daily based on the best seasonal ingredients available.

Even if you’ve never been here before you know you are in for a treat when the bread arrives. Three different types – warm, delicate mini ciabattas, plump, round vetkoek (a fried dough bread common in Afrikaans cookery – kind of like a savoury doughnut) and chunky seed bread. Served with delicate bowls of hummus, garlic mayo and pumpkin seed pesto. A delightful dipping start to lunch.

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A beautiful board of bread to get started

The menu has five choices each for starter and main and even then it’s hard to pick! I had to focus and work on eliminating least favourite-sounding dishes, which in itself wasn’t easy. I guess it doesn’t matter hugely as plates to gasp at are delivered all round.

The line caught ceviche of yellowtail was served in an aromatic plum dressing with buffalo milk labneh, red onion and coriander. Fresh, fruity, summery and beautifully colourful.

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A vibrantly tasty, light fish dish

Double-herbed calves liver was served with smoked garlic dressed lentils, crispy kale, parmesan and charred onion. I love calves liver and this is one of the best versions I’ve tasted, the herby flavours delicately infusing the richness of the meat. The lentils were also wonderful and the lightness of the kale made for a perfectly rounded dish.

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Herby liver plays a starring role in a wonderfully constructed dish

I love oysters and order them frequently when in South Africa.  They’re fresh, tasty and light. I’ve been told you use more calories eating them than they contain – I’ve embraced that as the total truth. Today’s oyster offering was in a league of its own. Saldanha Bay oysters were prepared three ways with spicy tapioca, chorizo and plum and with spinach and mousseline – third one served warm. I must admit to being dubious about warm oysters but this baby was the best of a very good lot. A healthy chunk of spinach on the base, a luscious sauce on top and a warmed-through oyster that melted in my mouth. Mousseline is hollandaise sauce with whipped cream added to it. Enough said…just please bring me more!

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Oysters lifted to higher heights

On to mains. The porcini dusted Glen Oaks pork fillet came with lightly grilled eve figs, swiss chard, potato fondant and peppered jus. Who knew porcini dust was so good? I wanted to lick it off the plate, making sure I got every tiny speck. The pork was slightly underdone and oh-so tender and flavoursome. Wish I could cook pork like this at home.

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And now for the prettiest dish of the year (so far at least). The warm salad of roasted East Coast hake came with orange dressed endive, organic young beeets, dried orange and peas, making for an absolute artwork. Succulent flakes of warm hake with the freshest crunch of salad.

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How’s this for a stunning salad?

The aged Chalmar sirloin was presented medium rare (chef’s recommendation) with a soft herb crust, creamed young spinace, glazed marrow and charred red onion. A beautiful combo of ingredients all prepared to perfection.

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A simply superb sirloin dish

Crispy hand cut chips couldn’t be resisted, and I’m glad I didn’t try – you can tell just by looking at them that they’re going to taste amazing.

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Order a portion of chips for the table – you’ll love them

If you’re a Jordan virgin there’s one thing you have to know. You’ve got to have dessert. Their honey and poppy seed souffle is legendary. It’s huge, fluffy, light, creamy, sweet and delectable. No matter how full you are you’ll be able to fit one in – believe me, I’ve done it myself.

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Jordan’s souffle is the King of desserts

Luckily most people on our table ordered the magical souffle so I knew I was in for several sneaky mouthfuls. Which meant I could also make the vital visit to their cheese room. Oh those aromas as you enter this special little place for cheese lovers! Today there were 15 cheeses on offer – all South African. Cheese choices don’t get harder – or easier – so much good stuff on offer.

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Some of the wonderful cheeses to sample

My selection of cheddar (two portions for cheddar lovers on the table to sample), goat’s cheese, camembert and gorgonzola was sublime. Great cheese brings me joy – served here with the sweetest of preserved figs – I was basking in Jordan joy.

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My chosen cheeseboard

You can’t visit Jordan without tasting their fabulous wines. The farm is over 300 years old and the latest guardians of the land, Gary and Kathy Jordan, have been making wine here since 1993. And it’s great wine. So great that you can’t leave Jordan without a case of their legendary unoaked Chardonnay. So we didn’t.

Happiness is summer feet and a case of Jordan Chardonnay

Happiness is summer feet and a case of Jordan Chardonnay

This was visit number four for me to Jordan – four very memorable visits. And I can’t wait for visit number five. Bring on the next Jordan Day.

Jordan is at Stellenbosch Kloof Road. You can find out more here:  jordanwines.com