Thursday, October 02, 2014

Lunch at Foliage, Franschhoek

Foliage Restaurant was opened recently by talented Chef Chris Erasmus, formerly at La Motte. As he puts it, the cuisine is “From farm and forest to the plate.” We have wanted to try it out sine he opened, so the festival seemed the perfect occasion to book. We only had two courses each and loved the food and the wine choices  Our bill for three was R1000 and included two bottles of house wine and a tip.
The menu for the day – it changes regularly
Full and vibey and, of course, there were other people we know who were also enjoying lunch
The warm salad of sweetbreads, bacon, potato and squid. Spiced red pepper and tomato fondu, hazelnut and a 17 year old vinegar with foraged forest greens
The superb terrine of confit duck, foie gras and eisbein, with a salt cured mushroom purée, a lovely slice of beetroot brioche, a remoulade and nasturtium salad – one to return for again and again
and one without the mushroom purée
Main course for both the boys: Boerbok (goat) shoulder and tongue en crepinette, with tender wildebeest loin and a roasted marrow bone. Delicious and very rich
Lynne had pasture fed roast pork topped with good crackling, comforting dandelion and pumpkinseed crushed potatoes, beetroot and baby carrots and her first fiddle fern. The pork was not as tender as it might have been but had great flavour
The chef with his mother, nephew and sister in law
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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