Thursday, September 06, 2012

Franschhoek Uncorked on Sunday

The tasting room at Noble Hill - the first farm on the Franschhoek route
Cosecha is the Mexican themed restaurant at Noble Hill with tables on the terrace and a great view towards Paarl
The tasting counter at Leopard's Leap
The selection of wines for tasting on Sunday
Liam Tomlin's demo kitchen at Leopard's Leap - we hear that he's returning to Cape Town
The perfect table for demo dining
Leopard's Leap's very interesting sculpture, one of several sculptures by Dylan Lewis
Maison's restaurant is in a converted early 20th Century house with hand carved seat and a small table in front to enjoy the wines
The back lawn in front of the vineyards has some superb large tables for family and friend gatherings and a huge swing
Lynne placing the order on the lovely open verandah
Glass doors enclose the restaurant in cooler weather.
The menu
and the daily specials
Truly free range chickens roam the gardens - probably just as pets
A delicious, sharp and tangy Amuse of wild sorrel soup, cucumber and alfalfa sprout sorbet. Our first indication of the chef’s good palate
Starters, which we shared:
Foie gras liver parfait, green apple and olive purée, satsuma and sultana chutney, basil at R85. The leaves were deep fried and crisp
Meltingly tender baby squid, fried briefly with a crisp outer coating, served with pink salt and a tiny salad. R70
Our main courses:
John’s main course of a whole sliced duck breast, sweet potato purée, caramelised red cabbage, carrots, mange tout, albufera jus at R140
Lynne could not resist the Ox tongue. pommes anna, pepperonata. sofrito, parsley, mustard jus ,at R125, and was intrigued to find a new way of serving it. A thick slice of it cut from tip to end that had been deep fried and was crisp on the outside and tender within. A good pepperonata to top and very al dente vegetables below with a square of pommes anna, large enough to share with John.
A wall of logs - a great backdrop for two ladies lunching
All ages welcome
A dispute in the vineyard - pied crow vs raptor
Perfect al fresco dining
The Pass, where they prepare and approve the plates. The kitchen is behind this
The chef, Arno Janse van Rensburg
Imaginative use of bottles as lights
The renovated tasting room at La Bri
Irene Waller - GM and winemaker
We enjoyed tasting the 2011 Viognier
Hesmari de Ridder handles the PR at La Bri
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2012

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