The world would be a far more boring place without tradition. No one would go house-to-house dressed completely in straw, dancing on doorstops and there would be odd delicacies like fried tarantulas to try when visiting another country. For those who think that traditional South African food is limited to boerewors braais and mielie pap, enjoy the fine side of traditional dining with a three-course set menu meal and five-wine wine-tasting at Cuvée Restaurant on Simonsig Estate for R129.
They say that not even nostalgia is what it used to be, but Cuvée is only too happy to prove them wrong. A chic gathering spot with more eclectic flair than a millionaire’s ceramic cat collection, the restaurant is the perfect nosh-spot for food and wine lovers and those who appreciate a bit of style with their starters. It’s not just the diverse décor that gives Cuvée its unique appeal; the locally-inspired menu provides culinary delights that will tantalise the taste-buds of any bobotie-buff, Cape-Malay connoisseur or those who are just devoted to finding tasty dishes.
Start off with wild-mushroom soup with a hint of truffle oil and gruyere shavings. Though no one would suggest you skip through the woods on a wild fungi foraging foray, Cuvée’s wild-mushroom soup gives you all the exciting seasonal deliciousness without red-ridinghood-esque escapades. When you’ve managed to restrain yourself from licking the bowl, choose from either traditional bobotie with yellow rice and condiments or slow-roasted pork neck in molasses with cauliflower and nougat purée. Like tartan and golf, bobotie and yellow-rice are a perfect match; often gracing the Sunday-lunch tables of granny houses everywhere. If you’re looking for a more daring dish to delight your taste-buds with, the slow-roasted pork with nougat purée is definitely the way to go.
Finish off your foray into fine dining with another traditional favourite; malva pudding. Topped with rooibos and amarula ice-cream, Cuvée gives even the most old-style favourites an innovative kick.
Surrounded by stunning views and a surprising ambience, it’s not just the fine wining and dining that will have you sad to leave Cuvée when the last crumbs have been cleared from your plate.
Foody Fact: One of the world’s most famous restaurants, The Desert Bar, is over 100 years old and still popular though it’s in the middle of nowhere. The restaurant was founded when the owner lost his umbrella while trekking through the desert and decided to build himself a small shack to stay dry. This shack became the first room of the now two-storey restaurant.