Thursday, December 06, 2012

Diemersdal's new restaurant

The Werf at Diemersdal with some of the farm buildings
The menu for the event
One of the farm workers showing us their Argentine miniature horse, 
and Big Boy the Percheron horse
People gathering for the event outside the new farm eatery in the converted stables.  It was a hot day and we needed the shade of the umbrellas
What lovely pets for children these miniature horses make.
We ate at a long table in the narrow building 
but there was plenty of space for serving the food.
They have kept it very true to the original
The chef, Nic van Wyk
A happy gathering of food and wine media
Thys Louw, the current winemaker, tells us how the restaurant came about
The first course of tapas on a wine barrel board, enough for two to share consisted of (from the left): A wild rocket salad with pickled green beans and artichokes, pulled lamb shoulder with white bean and truffle cream, sticky pork belly and prawn skewers with a trinchado sauce, Brandade of salt fish with aioli. Everything was excellent
Amazing bread baked in the kitchen to go with the food
The wines we drank with lunch
Tienie Louw, the current owner of the farm
Discussing the food and wine with Graham Howe. You might spot another of the last Masterchef contestants across the table, Lungile Nhlanhla. She was one of Lynne's favourites and we were told she is now working for Drum magazine
The main course of Basque flavoured hake, asparagus green and white with a potato salad
Chef Nic van Wyk with Anja Smit  the front-of-house-manager
There was a small morsel of the excellent bread in these paper packets that we got to take home Translation is: Stay calm and drink more wine
Words and photographs © John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2012

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