During the week prior to our *BIG* day – we got the opportunity to share some of the South African delights (particularly focused on Cape Town and surrounds) to some of our overseas wedding guest visitors!
This included a full day wine tour day organised with Clive (from Executive touring) through the Tours by Locals website (seriously - this is one of the best concepts ever – Private tours with locals! And the second time I have used them… with the first being in Moscow! But this is another story…)
I digress… Clive had organised a full action packed day for our group of 9… starting with collection from the house that we had rented at 8.30am… then onto the Cheetah Outreach Centre, that is now at Paardevlei in Paarl, to get the opportunity to get up and close with one of their cheetah’s. This was followed by a Brandy tour and tasting at Van Ryn’s in Stellenbosch.
At this point… we were all ready for lunch. And boy, were we in for a treat!
Nestled in the gorgeous Franschhoek Valley, is the superb wine farm of La Motte… now, their wines are delicious and thankfully available in Brussels (“hallelujah”)… but they also have a phenomenal restaurant called Pierneef à La Motte .
Now, it might have been a bit of a dismal day, weather wise… but we were seated on the covered terrace porch (ceiling to floor glass windows) - feeling the warmth of their outdoor heaters as we settled in to read their menu while nibbling on their fabulous bread basket (even the basket is edible!!!)
Their restaurant interior is eclectic and stylish … with the feeling of a Mad Hatters tea party (the stylish sort) – but this is probably due to the crockery that is hanging from the ceiling lights - but it works!
A table of 10 diners (our 9 plus Clive) is never an easy table to work with – but the waitron staff were amazing.
Most of us opted for starters:
Soup of the day (R75) was Butternut and served in a fabulous wooden bowl
Grilled Calamari & Biltong Salad (R75 as a starter but could be *upsized* for a main at R125)
Cape Seafood Soup (otherwise known as *Salmon, Salmon & more Salmon* with the soup served in a separate glass container for you to pour into your bowl yourself) is normally a main was also “downsized” to be a starter (R90) and I can honestly say that I still dream about this dish!
Butter Roasted Porcini (R85)
For mains – all you could hear was the *Mmm-ing* of everyone around the table:
Pea & Parmesan Risotto (R85)
Confit duck, chicken and sultana roulade (R120) – I know that his is what HIM ordered and enjoyed!
Slow-braised smoked pork (R145) – served with mushroom croissant toast, creamed mushrooms, apple, Gruyère-flavoured milk
Grilled lamb “soutribbetjie” (R149) with creamed peas and barley, Hanneli R rose glaze
Catch of the Day (R155) was Tuna
and of course – you can’t go there and NOT order their amazing Shiraz Chips (R30)… trust me on this one!
We honestly adored our experience here and it would a place that I would recommend to foreigners, travellers and locals alike… not a cheap eat, but worth EVERY CENT! Everything beautifully presented and super tasty!!
Pierneef à La Motte
address: La Motte Wine Estate, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley, SOUTH AFRICA
telephone: +27 21 876 8800