Thursday, October 02, 2014

Plaisir de Merle launch of Petit Plaisir at The Dining Room, Woodstock

Plaisir de Merle invited us to join them at the launch of their new Petit Plaisir red, a Shiraz-driven blend, with lunch at The Dining Room in Woodstock, owned by the talented Karen Dudley. Petit Plaisir means Small Pleasure, but this is anything but small. It is a lovely, sweet and soft blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a scant 0.7% Viognier, which shows its presence despite the small amount. It is easy to quaff and great with food. We suspect that we will be seeing this on wine lists all over the country soon.
The Dining Room on Sir Lowry Road in Woodstock is also a function venue which can be hired. It is open only once a week for dinner. Contact Karen at her other restaurant The Kitchen, which is almost next door. This was where Michelle Obama chose to have lunch with her daughters when they visited Cape Town. A great surprise for Karen and it gained her wonderful publicity and many more customers who were attracted to her healthy style of good food
The Petit Plaisir, which was launched with lunch
But first, a glass of Plaisir de Merle’s MCC bubbly
The lunch menu. It was all served ‘family style’, so we could share platters
A long table to accommodate the crowd
Meeting and greeting
We get our first taste of the wine. On the left, next to Lynne, is Barry Nieuwoudt, owner of the Greek Fisherman, Meloncino and City Grill restaurants in the V&A Waterfront
Karin Dudley welcomes us to her restaurant
Slices of beef Carpaccio topped with horseradish, radishes, lentils, rocket , parmesan and capers
The dish of the day. Kentucky Fried Quail with a spice dusting and soy. It was crisp on the outside, beautifully moist inside and had wonderful flavour. We tore into it.
Almost as good was the fresh seared salmon with a sticky Vietnamese caramel sauce
A mixed salad for one of the vegetarians at the table
Venerable journos Neil Pendock and Graham Howe with Naas Erasmus, Cape Legends CEO
Tender roast pork with crackling, topped with stewed apple sauce, with a selection of vegetables
A cheese board with very good local cheeses
And finally as a parting snack, the duck pancakes. Very moreish. Lovely lunch, Karen, to go with a lovely wine
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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