Summer in Sea Point simply isn’t complete with a visit (or several) to La Mouette. Genius chef Henry Vigar has been cooking up a storm of inspirational dishes here since 2010. We manage to tempt an array of friends from the Southern Suburbs (aka The Other Side of the Mountain) to the beautiful La Mouette courtyard every year and it’s such a lovely experience they even end up coming again with other friends after we’ve left. Capetonians can be very territorial so making this trip is quite a biggie!
But it’s not surprising given what’s on offer. The menu changes seasonally, though you will always find the favourites on there like one of Henry’s signature dishes, the cheese and truffle croquettes. These little balls of deliciousness melt in the mouth and always elicit sighs of delight. If no one on your table orders them (or wants to share a taster) I’d suggest you order an extra starter for the table, no dinner here is complete without them. Tonight we were treated to extra croquettes and a taster of the wonderful duck starter.
The starters were all so delicious with a clever combination of flavours and textures without being too fussy or unnecessarily complicated. And beautifully presented. The Duck in a Jar consisted of rilettes, parfait, pistachio crumble and apricot and saffron chutney to spread generously on lightly toasted bread. Oh, I forgot, their bread selection is stupendous with an amazing cheese and onion bread that’s impossible to resist.
And as for my starter…seriously, one of the best starters I’ve ever had in my life – and that’s saying something. Goat’s cheese panna cotta with peas, pickled onions, confit shallots and mint oil all arrives carefully displayed in a bowl. And then a wonderfully tasty and light chilled pea and parmesan broth is poured over at the table. Every mouthful was a wonder.
A plate of anti pasti with a twist included crispy mozzarella, aubergine puree, tomato fondue, grilled artichokes and mushrooms. Italy on a plate.
Another plate that’s brought to the table looking like a work of art and the soup (Bouillabaisse) is poured over, transforming the dish in front of your eyes.
The springbok medallions were beautifully tender and tasty and came with an amazing ravioli parcel of springbok which was a true taste sensation.
The steak dish was also something really quite spectacular with bone marrow crusted sirloin, braised shin, baked onion puree, warm potato salad and barbecued spring onion.
By the time we’d finished your mains we all felt on such a high we just didn’t want to leave! So we ordered another bottle of wine (not such a clever move, but we couldn’t help ourselves). And now all I want to do is go straight back again…did I mention we’re staying less than five minutes walk away? I can feel it drawing me there right now!
La Mouette is at 78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town