In a town that prides itself on being the Culinary Capital of the Western Cape, a statement not without its naysayers.
Words by Greg Landman
Indian businessman Analjit Singh’s investments have gone the extra mile to make themselves something really special.
The Leeu Estate is a boutique hotel par excellence on the outskirts of town proper, a haven of taste and luxury, with some really interesting artworks by Beezy Bailey and Tretchikoff to take your mind off the humdrum of daily life.
The Dining Room there is primarily for the use of hotel guests but is open to others who want to unwind in style while drinking some of the excellent wine on offer and indulging in the cuisine of Executive Chef Oliver Cattermole. At a recent lunch, Mr Singh himself made a brief appearance just to make sure all was in hand.
Breakfasts on the terrace are a delight and the afternoon tea is gathering fans from all over. The eclectic lunch menu includes things like courgette chips with a nice rich dip, whipped cheddar gougères and a smoked beef ‘potjie’ for canapés. Mains of fingerling potato tortilla, with sweet tomatoes and cauliflower hummus and a Karoo lamb skilpadjie with summer peas and beans, buttered potato and lamb gravy are just the things to put an an appetite to rest.
The roasted white fish with garden vegetables, gnocchi and velouté sauce is perfect for fish lovers. The passion fruit hot soufflé was perfectly risen in a cute little copper pot and nicely off set by rich homemade white chocolate ice cream. Even richer was the Valrohna chocolate fondant with rum and raisin ice cream. Prices are R 375 for two courses and R575 for three. Obviously, bookings are essential.
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