Nobody does it quite like La Motte in Franschhoek. At a recent occasion at their superb restaurant, Pierneef á La Motte, the Splendour of Spring was celebrated with fynbos inspired dishes created by their chef Michelle Theron and visiting celebrity chef Sarah Graham.
Words by Greg Landman
Graciously hosted by Hein Koegelenberg and his charming wife Hanneli, guests included Ryk Neethling, the Marketing Director and Shareholder at Val de Vie in Paarl, another of Hein and Hanneli’s projects.
The menu started with traditional Mosbolletjies with farm butter and quince spread, very moreish, and then went on to tomato, honeybush and goat’s cheese “roosterkoek,” just the right thing to get the appetite going.
The fragrant Cape seafood curry with lavender and banana chutney was a knockout, with much oohing and aahing from the guests.
The waterblommetjie and samp risotto was a perfect foil for the Karoo lamb ‘soutribbetjie’, with bone marrow and red wine jus, making it nice and rich. Crowning the delicious meal, the knockout ending was a beautifully presented dessert of poached citrus salad with rosemary salted caramel, brandy milk blanc mange, (way beyond anything one used to have a boarding school) and a heavenly milk tart semifreddo.
The fabulous wines of La Motte accompanied each course, the Chardonnay and the Straw Wine is especially superb. Hein himself is a talented winemaker of long-standing and keeps a close watch on all the wines that come from their various enterprises.
There are worse ways to spend some precious leisure time than popping into La Motte for something really special.