Here there is true vision. A vision of connecting the diner with South African origin, stories and flavours, plus peripheral vision that extends from the sea to vineyards, from the verdant gardens of the Cellars-Hohenhort Hotel to orchards. Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef Peter Tempelhoff, with Ashley Moss and their team at the flagship restaurant of The Liz McGrath Collection, exceed expectations of international and local diners and live up to the R&C mantra of celebrating local terroir.
Classically trained, yet influenced by Japan where all ingredients are treated with respect, Peter prefers a light touch for his innovative culinary journey. Provenance dictates. “Locals need to appreciate local food. Creating the menu is a balancing act, it is ever-changing and it must ultimately showcase the ingredients,” says Peter.
Start with a medley of meuse farm vegetables before being wowed by the butcher bird’s pantry – bite-sized canapés served. Watch your blue prawn with gamefish, kelp, seaweed and a sublime sesame sauce being steamed at your table. Chokka noodles with a sour fig gel and ink yuzu sauce could be your next surprise. Dishes like ‘idombolo ne sishebo’, the Xhosa steam bread with stewed lamb, Jerusalem artichokes and deep-fried nasturtium leaves, tell a story. The ‘braai bokkie’ showcases his love of South Africa. The Huguenot cheese sandwich with hanepoot grapes and a delicate chestnut cream marry the savoury dishes with the sweet – a sequence of ever-escalating crescendo of sublime flavours.
Desserts are imaginative in addition to being simply delicious, like the white chocolate pap with raspberry, pistachio, tarragon and guava. Finish with chocolate tapas and an ‘Irish’ with a difference – a popcorn-infused cream with local whisky and Ethiopian coffee. Exemplary service and perfectly paired wines hit the high note on an unforgettable epicurean experience.
“It’s about where we are and being proud of it.” Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff
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